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Corteo, the most enchanting arena production from Cirque du Soleil, is back in North America and heading to Greensboro, set to charm audiences for the very first time. This unique production, directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca, first premiered in Montreal in April 2005. Since its creation, the show has amazed over 10 million spectators, in 20 countries, on 4 continents. Corteo will be presented at the Greensboro Coliseum for 5 shows only from March 14-17, 2024.
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 turns lyrical and playful carrying Corteo through a timeless celebration in which illusion teases reality.
In a Cirque du Soleil first, the stage is central in the arena and divides the venue, with each half of the audience facing the other half, giving a unique perspective not only of the show, but also a performer’s eye view of the audience. An atmosphere like never seen before in Cirque du Soleil arena shows. The set curtains, inspired by the Eiffel Tower, and the central curtains, which were hand painted, give a grandiose feel to the stage. This sets the tone for the poetry of Corteo.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (September 14, 2023) – The Carolina Cowboys, one of eight founding teams in the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Teams League, today announced that three-time World Finals event winner Robson Palermo will join the team as Assistant Coach.
In his new role, Palermo will work in tandem with Head Coach Jerome Davis, focusing on rider development and expanding the team’s recruiting efforts within the expanding base of talented young bull riders in Brazil.
Inducted into the prestigious Ring of Honor in 2021, Palermo is one of PBR’s most accomplished riders. Palermo is the only three-time PBR World Finals event winner and the only back-to-back winner (2011-2012). Palermo went a torrid 32-for-57 (56.14%) in 10 World Finals appearances. He also won 13 premier series events in his career and recorded 37 90-point rides on the premier series before retiring in 2018.
“I was very excited when I received the call this past weekend to join the Carolina Cowboys as an Assistant Coach,” said Palermo, Assistant Coach of the Carolina Cowboys. “I have been away from the sport since my retirement in 2018 to spend more time with my family. Now I’m ready to go back to the sport that means so much to me. My goal is to boost the riders’ confidence and use my 20 years of bull riding experience to guide them. I’m all in for this task! Let’s go Carolina Cowboys!”
“I’m excited to have Robson Palermo come in as Assistant Coach of the Carolina Cowboys,” said Davis, Head Coach of the Carolina Cowboys. “We feel that there is some Brazilian talent out there that he may have some insights on and help with our Brazilians that we have here already. We are always looking for that advantage to help us be a better team and I think this is a great move.”
“We’re always looking for ways to maximize the potential of our riders and feel confident that Robson Palermo will be a huge asset to our locker room,” said Austin Dillon, General Manager of the Carolina Cowboys. “He embodies the Cowboy way.”
Palermo joins the Carolina Cowboys with previous coaching experience. After being tapped to lead Team Brazil at the inaugural Global Cup in 2017 in Edmonton, Alberta, he returned to lead the team in March 2022 at the global event’s most recent iteration in Arlington, Texas.
The famed Brazilian rider joins the team’s coaching staff mid-season with the Carolina Cowboys currently ranked No. 5 in the league with a 7-9 record. After beginning the season strong, winning five of their first seven games, including a three-game win streak to begin the campaign, Carolina has struggled in recent events, currently amid a four-game losing streak.
The Cowboys returned a talent-packed roster in 2023, including World Champions Cooper Davis and Daylon Swearingen, while making significant additions in the offseason and Draft, including the signing of 2021 National Finals Rodeo bull riding aggregate winner Josh Frost and seven-time PRCA champion Sage Kimzey. The Cowboys also feature a burgeoning roster of Brazilian talent, including Sandro Batista, Daniel Feitosa, Flavio Zivieri and Cladson Rodolfo.
Palermo will make his coaching debut for the Carolina Cowboys at this weekend’s PBR Camping World Team Series event in Ridgedale, Missouri. Action at Thunder Ridge Nature Arena begins at 7:45 p.m. CDT on Friday, September 15, 6:45 p.m. CDT on Saturday, September 16, and 1:45 p.m. CDT on Sunday, September 17.
At PBR Thunder Days, the Cowboys will play the Oklahoma Freedom (Sept. 15), Kansas City Outlaws (Sept. 16) and Austin Gamblers (Sept. 17).
Fans can watch Friday and Saturday’s action LIVE on PBR RidePass on Pluto TV, while Sunday’s games will air LIVE on CBS Sports Network.
Following this weekend’s event in Missouri, the Carolina Cowboys will welcome the league’s seven other founding teams to Greensboro, North Carolina, on Sept. 22-24 for the eighth PBR Camping World Team Series event of the 2023 season.
The action for PBR Cowboy Days begins at 7:45 p.m. ET on Friday, September 22, 6:45 p.m. ET on Saturday, September 23, and 1:45 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 24.
Tickets for the event are on sale now, and start at $20, taxes and fees not included. They can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com and PBR.com, at the Greensboro Coliseum Box Office, or by calling PBR customer service at 1-800-732-1727.
Three-day ticket packages are available, offering fans a 15% discount on select price levels.
For more information on Carolina Cowboys, and for ticketing updates on the upcoming PBR Cowboy Days, visit https://pbr.com/teams/carolina-cowboys, Carolina Cowboys on Facebook, @carolinacowboyspbr on Instagram, or @CARCowboysPBR on Twitter.
About the Carolina Cowboys
The Carolina Cowboys are based in Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C., where the team will hold its second Cowboys Days homestand on September 22-24, 2023, the eighth event of the 10-event 2023 PBR Teams regular season. The Cowboys are coached by PBR co-founder Jerome Davis. Under the leadership of General Manager Austin Dillon, the 2018 Daytona 500 Champion, the team is owned by Richard Childress and Jeff Broin. From a one-man team in 1969, Richard Childress grew Richard Childress Racing (RCR) into one of the most-respected organizations in NASCAR, with nearly 400 team members supporting full-time operations in the NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series. As a car owner, Childress, who was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2017, has earned more than 200 victories in NASCAR’s top-three national series, 16 championships, three Daytona 500 championships and three Brickyard 400 championships. Away from the track, Childress is a businessman, philanthropist and conservationist – he loves wine, the outdoors, supporting the military, and investing in America’s youth. Childress’ properties include the award-winning Childress Vineyards. He sits on the board of directors of Growth Energy and holds an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Northwestern Ohio. Entrepreneur and agriculturalist Broin is the founder and CEO of bioprocessing giant POET, the world’s largest biofuel producer. Broin and RCR have a longstanding partnership through NASCAR and worked together to upgrade the league to 15% bioethanol.