Last night my children and a dear friend of mine headed out to see Cirque du Soleil Ovo at the Eagle Bank Arena in Fairfax, VA. This wasn’t the first time seeing a Cirque du Soleil show as I had seen “O” in Las Vegas in 2005. I absolutely loved “O” and it goes down as one of my favorite shows EVER. Everything Cirque Du Soleil does is amazing so I knew we were in for a big treat with Ovo.
Let me start by explaining that Ovo means ‘egg’ in Portuguese. Hence why the show opens with a large inflatable egg filling up most of the downstage area. Around the audience bug catchers slowly started appearing, one carries a box, another a magnifying glass, and another carries a net. Each bug catcher picks and prods at audience members who giggle in delight as the catchers search for insects. While the bug catchers are at work, different types of insects slowly pop up around the stage. Most of the insects are easily recognizable; grasshoppers, a ladybug, a beetle, ants, and spiders are the first to crawl across the stage in their stunning costumes.
Speaking of costumes, they are a sight to behold in and of themselves. The costumes designed by Liz Vandal, showcase the segmented bodies of insects and even their exoskeletons. Though these costumes look difficult to move about in, the artists were able to move freely and without any restrictions. I don’t know how these were designed but they are beautiful and art all on their own.
While there are ten acrobatic acts in the show there are also acts which move the storyline along. The main storyline follows a fly (aka the foreigner) who shows up with a huge egg on his back. He meets a beetle (aka Master Flipo) who quickly takes the egg from him and tells the fly to leave. However, the fly makes his way back to the world of bugs and falls in love with a ladybug. In a game of push and pull the two fight and make up numerous times throughout the show to the delight of the audience. The acting of the three main characters is superb and there were many humorous moments throughout their scenes.
Here are some of the acrobatic acts that surround the storyline;
- Foot juggling-Ants: The ants juggle corn-on-the-cob, kiwi and eggplants slices on their feet
- Aerial-Butterfly: This was one of my favorite acts. The aerial dancer wrapped up in a cocoon-like fabric emerges as a beautiful butterfly.
- Creature dancing-Creature: This creature looks like a slinky caterpillar in a big funny costume.
- Aerial Cradle-Scarabs: Three cradles are used as aerial artists throw and catch each other. All I could think throughout this whole act was ‘that has to hurt your back!’
- Diabolos-Firefly: A Firefly juggles four diabolos at a time while spinning and moving across the stage.
- Contortion-Spiders: Two spiders use vertical ropes to dangle above the stage. Centerstage a contortionist twists and bends over her own body. At one point she even balances her own body on her head!
- Slackwire-Spider: This artist gets major props from me. A slack wire holds almost no tension so how he was able to not only balance himself but also a unicycle is beyond me.
- Wall and Trampoline-Crickets: At first I thought these were frogs as these acrobats were jumping and leaping on and off the trampolines, tumbling and climbing the wall of the stage. I honestly loved this act-there was so much to look at. This was my six-year-old sons favorite act hands down.
Though you may think the world of bugs is the basis of the show, it only served as an inspiration. According to Ovo’s director/creator the show is actually about the movement of life. Watching the show this is evident as movement flows throughout. The original score composed by Berna Ceppas accompanies the performers throughout the show. The music inspired by Brazil is upbeat and fun. The musicians are amazing especially the violinist, accordion and tambourine players.
Ovo is a well crafted piece of theater that I recommend you seeing. It is a piece of theater the whole family will enjoy. The talent of these performers is mind-boggling. They make balancing, flying and tumbling look so incredibly easy you think you could do it too (don’t try it though!).
Is Ovo family friendly? There are a few adult jokes built into the storyline yet neither of my kids picked up on them though older kids may.
We loved the show and we hope you will too!
Thanks to Cirque du Soleil for always going above and beyond!
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