“Corteo” by Cirque Du Soleil

Hula hoop act from the show CORTEO

Today, my family and I watched “Corteo” by Cirque Du Soleil at The Forum in Inglewood. It was the last day of the show in Los Angeles before it makes it’s next stop in Tucson, Arizona.

It was the perfect way to celebrate my daughter’s birthday, as I wanted to introduce her to Cirque Du Soleil, shows which I’ve loved with a style all their own. I’ve seen several Cirque Du Soleil shows, but this was my first time watching “Corteo.” It was kid-friendly, but engaging for all ages.

Description from the Cirque Du Soleil Website:

Corteo, which means “cortege” in Italian, is a joyous procession, a festive parade imagined by a clown. The show brings together the passion of the actor with the grace and power of the acrobat to plunge the audience into a theatrical world of fun, comedy and spontaneity situated in a mysterious space between heaven and earth.

The clown pictures his own funeral taking place in a carnival atmosphere, watched over by quietly caring angels. Juxtaposing the large with the small, the ridiculous with the tragic and the magic of perfection with the charm of imperfection, the show highlights the strength and fragility of the clown, as well as his wisdom and kindness, to illustrate the portion of humanity that is within each of us. The music, by turns lyrical and playful, carries Corteo through a timeless celebration in which illusion teases reality.

Tournik act from the show CORTEO by Cirque du Soleil

All of the acts were amazing, but my favorites were the large group acrobatic ones: Paradis, Teeterboard, and Tournik. It was so cool to see the flips and near misses of these athletes, while maintaining poise and grace.

Acrobatic Ladder from Corteo
Photo from Cirque Du Soleil

My husband really liked the balancing act of Acrobatic Ladder, the graceful acrobatics in Chandeliers, and the strength and energetics of Cyr Wheel.

Helium Dance act from the show CORTEO

My daughter was in awe of all the acts, but really responded to the comedic ones, including the audience favorite: Helium Dance, where tiny clown floats through the air suspended by giant balloons and bounced throughout, with audience participation.

I encourage you to check out one of the many Cirque Du Soleil Shows when you have a chance. They are all mesmerizing and enchanting in their own way. Check the descriptions and schedules on their website below.


Disclaimer: No monetary compensation was exchanged for this post. Westside Mommy received complimentary press tickets in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are honest and 100% my own. Images used with permission from the Cirque Du Soleil website, for editorial news and reporting purposes only.


I am a new mom to a baby girl. I live in West Los Angeles. This blog is about my experiences as a new mom and navigating my way through kid-friendly L.A.

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