June 1, 2017

Cirque du Soleil OVO Review


I had the pleasure of seeing Cirque du Soleil's OVO at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio. If you will be in the Toledo are from today through June 4th, I strongly suggest you see the show. It is part of a global tour in arenas around North America. The next US cities to host OVO will be Brooklyn, NY and Sunrise, FL.


OVO means “egg” in Portuguese. The story of OVO is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. When a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are awestruck and intensely curious about this iconic object that represents the enigma and cycles of their lives.


It is love at first sight when a gawky, quirky insect arrives in this bustling community and a fabulous ladybug catches his eye - and the feeling is mutual. It is as much about this story as it is the amazing acrobatics. The cast of OVO is comprised of 50 performing artists from 12 countries specializing in many acrobatic acts. 


I will highlight a few of my favorite performances. The butterflies tell a beautiful story while they swing and soar high above the arena. They are strung on aerial straps hanging from the ceiling. They are in love and this is evident in the enchanting act. Combining hand-to-hand, ballet, contortion and an aerial flying act, this pair of performs a pas de deux on a rope that allows them to swoop and land, leap and fly in perfect unison.


Another act I loved was the dragonfly. The dragonfly performs a graceful balancing act in and out of the slender stalks and twisting tendrils of an elegant plant. It takes extraordinary control and strength to transfer his weight from one hand to the other as he maintains equilibrium upside down on top of the foliage. So amazing!


Perhaps my favorite of the whole show were the crickets. This act features a dozen crickets running, jumping, and walking across - and straight up - a vertical wall without artificial support. Air mat and trampolines give them the speed, lift and momentum to take flight. Their athletic ability, physical strength and team coordination take care of the rest. I love how the show really gives you a sense of the insects the artists are portraying. The performers were so cricket like, literally jumping and almost flying everywhere. It was a crowd favorite for sure.

OVO is teeming with life. Their home is filled with biodiversity, beauty, action and moments of quiet emotion. The story is told in such a poetic and visually pleasing way. All ages, from kids to seniors, will surely enjoy it. I highly recommend catching a show in Toledo while it is here. You can also visit Cirque du Soleil to see if it will be coming to a city near you!


Tickets for the Toledo show are available at cirquedusoleil.com/ovo. Tickets start at $30 for adults and $25 for children. Senior, military, student discounts and family 4-packs are available. Hurry! The Toledo show only goes through June 4th.


Connect :: Visit cirquedusoleil.com to learn more about OVO. You can also connect with Cirque du Soleil via Facebook and Twitter.

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