It was my great pleasure to be able to attend the Cirque Du Soleil’s performance of Ovo last week on behalf of The Backstage Beat. As a newbie writer to The Backstage Beat, I can’t think of a better way to start than with a review of this amazing feast for the eyes and ears!
Cirque Du Soleil (Circus of the Sun), is based out of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and is a Canadian entertainment company, self-described as a “dramatic mix of circus art and street entertainment.” (Until I looked that up in Wikipedia, I always thought they were from France!) Its theatrical, character-driven approach and the absence of performing animals help define Cirque du Soleil as a contemporary circus. With approximately 27 different themed shows, and more in production, each show has its own theme and storyline.
After dinner at a local Italian restaurant, my boyfriend, Dave, and I headed down from Woodstock to Atlantic Station. Parking was a breeze in the parking deck at Atlantic Station, right next to the big tent, and cost $10 to park. Always a good sign of a good night! Walking into the refreshment tent first, my nostrils were assaulted with the smell of popcorn, just like the circuses from my childhood. Missing, thankfully, was the smell of the circus animals! Of course I had to have a box of popcorn, along with a glass of wine, to take with me inside to watch the show. Who knew wine and popcorn would go so well together!
Immediately upon entering the big tent for the performance of Ovo, you know that the theme for this show is about insects. Grasshoppers and bug catchers walk around the arena as the audience is filing in for the show. Your eyes are immediately drawn to the oval stage which features a large egg (ovo). Cricket and night sounds fill the air. You are now in the world of insects.
Dave and I had awesome seats, in section 102, close to the center of the stage. It was Dave’s first time seeing a Cirque performance and my second time. I was able to see the show Ka’ in Vegas a couple of years ago so my expectations for Ovo were high. Dave, being the Cirque Du Soleil virgin, was very excited to see the show, not knowing quite what to expect. I was just as excited being able to share this with him! (Insert awwwwwws here! Or gag, whichever comes natural!)
Ovo starts out with the insect world coming alive on the stage in front of us. The theme of the show centers on a quirky insect bringing an egg into the midst of an insect community. The insect community is run by a beetle munchkin look-a-like who wants the egg for himself. The Beetle draws the quirky insect’s attention to a lady bug in order to take the egg away. The quirky insect then falls for the lady bug. Throughout the rest of the show, it’s a cat and mouse game with the two. I kept waiting for something to pop out of the egg and was a little disappointed when nothing did. I hate to spoil that for you but better to know that ahead of time and not be disappointed by it as I was. This show, as in all other Cirque du Soleil shows, does feature amazing performances by so many talented acrobats and athletes. At the beginning of Ovo is a performance by a dragonfly, who’s balance and core strength defy gravity. The balancing and tumbling act of a group of ants, playing with their food, was fun to watch and was one of my favorite acts. The scarab trapeze artists reminded me of circuses from my childhood. Many more athletes, including spiders, who seemed to have no waist, fleas performing acrobatic moves, flying butterflies, and a juggling bug, had their turn on the stage in the insect world.
My absolute favorite performance was by the grasshoppers, a very talented group of acrobats who could climb up walls and leap tall buildings! Those ‘grasshoppers’ must have spent hours watching real grasshoppers as they seemed to have mimicked their movements precisely. All and all I thoroughly enjoyed the show, although I felt it didn’t live up to the first Cirque performance I saw of Ka’. Dave enjoyed it as well and is eagerly awaiting his next Cirque Du Soleil show.
I do recommend that you go see Ovo while it’s in Atlanta, especially during this holiday season. In addition to the wonderful performance by the different acts, there is some comedy and great music too. I can also say it’s a great place to take the kiddos to. For more information on the dates, times, and tickets, please visit WEBSITE HERE