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Cirque du Soleil heightens its grand procession of clowns and acrobats in Corteo 

The show runs March 2-4 at the Smoothie King Center

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PHOTO BY ARI MARCOPOLOUS

In Cirque du Soleil's Corteo, Mauro the Dreamer Clown imagines his own funeral as a grand carnivalesque parade, in which he rises to deliver his final performance. The show features clowns and acrobats flying on ropes and chandelierlike apparatus, bouncing on trampolinelike beds and jumping off giant teeterboards. They walk on the tops of ladders, juggle, hula-hoop and perform on other equipment designed by the modern circus company.   Taking its name from the Italian word for procession, Corteo debuted in Montreal in 2005 and has been performed in more than 60 countries. These performances premiere a version of the show scaled up in scope for arenas and with new scenes. Tickets $37-$130 (plus fees). At 7:30 p.m. Friday, 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday at Smoothie King Center, 1501 Dave Dixon Drive, (504) 587-3822; www.smoothiekingcenter.com.

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