If you take in Cirque du Soleil's latest show, it's best to forget the story and just enjoy the amazing acts.
It's best to forget the story and just enjoy the amazing acts. One of them is a troupe that uses trampolines built into beds to portray the joyfulness of youth. Dressed like kids in pajamas, their leaping, twisting, turning acrobatics are exuberant to the point of giddiness. At one point during the show, beautiful women dangle from three chandeliers, making The Phantom of the Opera's set design look pallid by comparison. And there's another aerial act in which a delicate young woman reverses positions with a muscular guy, holding him suspended at a great height.
Corteo does have a few slow spots, and there are times when you may feel that it has been put together by the numbers. Still, the costumes are breathtaking, and the lighting is almost insanely colorful. The sound is a bit muddy, but almost everyone in the company speaks and/or sings in a foreign language, so the show is more about haunting melodies than lyrics. None of this will surprise longtime fans of Cirque du Soleil; the company is an institution that doesn't vary its product very much. The often exciting acts are always different, but not very different.