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Magical, Whimsical, and Inspiring: Cirque du Soleil Ovo Review

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When we're in the mood for a night out, but don't want to hit up the movie theatre again, we love to see what live performances are happening. When I found out that the Cirque du Soleil Ovo tour was coming to town, I cleared my schedule. I'd wanted to see one of the Cirque shows for ages, but hadn't ever bucked down and bought tickets.

Our experience there was magical, and I am now a believer in Cirque due Soleil! Hopefully, this Cirque du Soleil Ovo review will get you excited about attending one of these incredible performances, too.

What is Cirque du Soleil?

It literally means, "Circus of the Sun" in French, but it's not the type of circus that you're envisioning. There aren't any performing animals here, no three rings as in the circuses of yesterday, and no ringmaster with a big top hat.

Instead, Cirque du Soleil performances are all about the visual: the gorgeous costumes, the did-that-just-happen acrobatics, and mind-blowing stunts by some of the most flexible performers you've ever seen.

The company has humble beginnings: it was a part of Canada's 450th anniversary of its discovery by Jacques Cartier. The founder, Guy Laliberté, had an extensive background in performance, and convinced the anniversary board that a show with stilt walkers, dancers, and aerial acrobats was just what the celebration needed.

Now, there are 22 different Cirque du Soleil shows, 10 of which are on tour, and 7 of which are permanently in Las Vegas. In any given show, the acrobatics and performances are accompanied by live singing and instrumentation, which adds another level of showmanship to the experience. Nothing is phoned in during these shows: it's all live, breathtaking, and almost surreal.

As the world's largest theatrical producer, Cirque du Soleil has the reach to try new things and break through boundaries of typical theatre, and it definitely delivers. The company currently employs 4,000 people, including 1,500 artists from all over the globe.

What to expect at Cirque du Soleil? Always the unexpected!

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What is Ovo about?

The Ovo show (often stylized as OVO) is essentially about Cirque du Soleil insects. Yes, really! Even if you have no interest in those hopping, bouncing, working little creatures, you'll like these. From juggling ants to the most lithe dragonfly you've ever seen, the Cirque du Soleil insects are mesmerizing.

The show begins with a little audience interaction, as selected bugs and beekeepers wander the floor and first tier, checking for friends in people's hair and chattering animatedly with one another about their findings. A giant egg watches from the main stage (an almost circle-in-the-round theatre): then, suddenly, the grasshoppers hop onto these massive stretchy poles, and Ovo is off with a bounding start!

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There are essentially three elements to the Cirque du Soleil Ovo performance: the incredible acrobatic performances, the narrative sections (which follow the unending duel between the leader of the bugs and a blue newcomer, and the blue insects relentless wooing of the beautiful ladybug), and the mystery surrounding the massive egg (or "ovo," in Portuguese).

I'm seriously coordinated (I can fall over just trying to put on pants), so I was stunned that these artists could juggle with their feet, bounce with incredible accuracy off of 30 foot tall walls onto a small trampoline, and ride a unicycle upside down on a slack line.

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The performers make their intricate, difficult, and very dangerous stunts look effortless: throughout the Ovo show, I couldn't believe how much fun the artists acted like they were having as they flipped, rolled, balanced, jumped, and tossed themselves around the stage.

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Is Cirque du Soleil Ovo for Kids?

Yes! It is one of the best family shows that you could see without traveling elsewhere. If you've ever been to Walt Disney World, the colors of the performance and the costuming were on par with what you'd see at "Finding Nemo: the Musical" or "Festival of the Lion King."

Even if kids are too little to follow the narrative, they will be mesmerized by the incredible acrobatics and intricate costuming. Note that really small kids (under 4) and kids who are sensitive to loud noises or flashing might get scared in a few places. There were plenty of Cirque due Soleil families at the performance I attended, many with elementary aged children.

The Cirque du Soleil Ovo full show clocks in at about 2.5 hours: roughly 2 hours of performance time divided by a 20-25 minute intermission. I think that if your child does well at the movie theatre without fidgeting too much, the length of Ovo won't be troublesome, and you could take him or her to this otherwise very family friendly performance.

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What else should I know before booking Cirque du Soleil Ovo tickets?

The Ovo tour is filled with surprises from the very start. 

The audience quickly learns that the entire narrative section is told through a sort of bug gibberish. If the Minions had eaten leafy greens and had wings instead of their penchant for bananas, they might have sounded like this. If this aspect of the performance gives you pause, don't worry: you can easily follow what's going on thanks to the comic timing and persuasive body language of the actors.

The best place to sit during Ovo performances would be mid-level in the stadium.

This will get you close enough to the acts on the stage while allowing you to see the aerial acrobatics that are also a part of the show. Really, though, you can't go wrong anywhere in the venue, as the show is designed to be performed on the full range of sight lines.

There is a stage front, but it doesn't matter if you're sitting front and center. Because of the way that the semi-theatre-in-the-round is set up, there is a definite front and back to the performances. However, there's typically so much activity and movement in each of the acts that you won't miss out if you're sitting on the sides, as the performers use all parts of the stage and floor to tell the story of Ovo.

Find information on Ovo ticket prices and upcoming venues here.

Was this Cirque du Soleil Ovo review helpful? Have you seen any of the Cirque du Soleil shows?

I was provided complimentary Ovo Cirque du Soleil tickets in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. 


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