Cirque du Soleil re­turns to Bal­ti­more with OVO

Cirque du Soleil re­turns to Bal­ti­more with OVO

The Avenue News - - FRONT PAGE - By: LISA HAR­LOW

If you’re feel­ing like your life has been a cir­cus this sum­mer, why not take a break and take in the lat­est Cirque du Soleil show com­ing to Bal­ti­more? Cirque du Soleil’s OVO is com­ing to the Royal Farms Arena Wed­nes­day – Sun­day, Au­gust 23-27 for seven per­for­mances.

OVO, which means “egg” in Por­tuguese, is the 25th Cirque du Soleil live pro­duc- tion, and it first pre­miered in Mon­tréal in April 2009. The egg is a time­less sym­bol of the life cy­cle and birth, and the show trans­ports au­di­ences into a col­or­ful ecosys­tem teem­ing with life and a cast of vi­brant in­sect char­ac­ters.

In sig­na­ture Cirque fash­ion, au­di­ences will ex­pe­ri­ence in­cred­i­ble en­ter­tain­ment such as dance, ac­ro­bat­ics, aeri­als, jug­gling, con­tor­tion­ists, balanc­ing acts, a grav­ity-de­fy­ing uni­cy­cle act and more. OVO It is the only Cirque show com­ing to the Mid-At­lantic re­gion this year.

The story of OVO be­gins when the Foreigner ar­rives car­ry­ing a mys­te­ri­ous egg, and the in­sects are ex­tremely cu­ri­ous. Then it’s love at first sight when the quirky new­comer meets the fab­u­lous La­dy­bug who has a big per­son­al­ity but is re­ally lonely. This shake-up in the ecosys­tem brings a per­fect dose of ex­cite­ment that the in­sects need to come alive, which they do in var­i­ous art forms.

Fifty per­form­ing artists from 12 coun­tries (Be­larus, Brazil, Canada, China, Den­mark, France, Mon­go­lia, Rus­sia, Spain, Ukraine, United King­dom and the United States) make up the cast, spe­cial­iz­ing in many ac­ro­batic acts. Here are some high­lights of OVO:


(Foot Jug­gling and Icar­ian Games)

The hard­est work­ing in­sects in the com­mu­nity are the bright red Ants. As soon as they’re awake they spend their day gath­er­ing food: On the menu to­day—ki­wis and corn. But it’s not all work. They play with their food, too—with their feet—in an as­ton­ish­ing dis­play of pre­ci­sion jug­gling that cli­maxes with ants jug­gling ants.


(Hand Balanc­ing) A 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.


In a mix of high-speed di­a­bolo and seem­ingly im­pos­si­ble jug­gling a fire­fly sends one, two, three and fi­nally an as­ton­ish­ing four spin­ning spools arc­ing very high in the air and back to earth in per­fect co­or­di­na­tion.


Part Slinky, part in­sect, the Crea­tura dances to a tune that is all his own, he’s a bendy, twisty knot of stretchy limbs in con­stant mo­tion.


One of the funny spi­ders re­veals her sen­sual side when she at­tracts the at­ten­tion of a group of Crick­ets by weav­ing her body over, un­der and through the strands of her web. She’s soon joined by an­other bright, daz­zling spi­der con­tor­tion­ist who casts a sen­sual spell of her own.

Acro trio

Com­bin­ing el­e­ments of dance, ac­ro­bat­ics, ath­leti­cism and sheer agility, three yel­low- and-red fleas fling them­selves through the air and come to­gether in grace­ful, per­fectly bal­anced sculp­tural for­ma­tions.


In a tour-de-force per­for­mance, a Spi­der defies grav­ity and physics in a suc­ces­sion of seem­ingly im­pos­si­ble feats of strength and bal­ance as he tra­verses a wire that ap­pears to give him no sup­port. At one point he hangs at a 45-de­gree an­gle over the ground, some 15 feet be­low, and he tops that with an up­side-down uni­cy­cle act. And the wire is in al­most con­stant mo­tion up and down, adding to the de­gree of difficulty.


This act fea­tures a dozen artists 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.

Cirque du Soleil’s OVO

Wed­nes­day – Sun­day, Au­gust 23-27

Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Thurs­day, Au­gust 24 at 7:30 p.m.

Fri­day, Au­gust 25 at 7:30 p.m.

Satur­day, Au­gust 26 at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

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