Cirque Du Soleil’s OVO is in town! The high energy show is here for a limited engagement under the Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) at Santa Monica Pier. I attended OVO and it is awesome! Each Cirque De Soleil show has it’s unique theme coupled with the exciting, entertaining acts that makes Cirque so amazing.
The OVO (“egg” in Portuguese), represents the timeless symbol of life. Cirque’s OVO is taken on a wild adventure throughout the insect’s colorful ecosystem where the creatures are playfully engaged in their every day lives. Sportsmanship, strength, colorful costumes, dance, beautiful music and even love can be found under the big top! My favorite act from the first half were the Foot Juggling Ants. This playful act is almost unbelievable. I loved the balance, colors and synchronized moves. The Slackwire and Wall were my favorites from the second half of the show. I also love all of the trampoline acts from Cirque du Soliel. The movement and speed really captured the essence of the bug world we were transported to.
There were many children at this event and I think the show will be entertaining for for children aged 6 and up. The are a few dark and slightly scary transitions that might frighten the 5 and under crowd. The big top is large and every seat in the house is a good one. This is definitely a fun show for families. Expect laughter, “oohh” and “ahhh” moments, and also plan to be inspired. The members of Cirque Du Soleil are highly trained and talented professionals that make all their acts look like it’s nothing! OVO features truly fantastic feats of power, confidence and showmanship.
Combining elements of dance, acrobatics, athleticism and sheer agility, five yellow-andred fleas fling themselves through the air and come together in graceful, perfectly balanced sculptural formations.
Foot Juggling Ants
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.
Combining hand-to-hand, ballet, contortion and an aerial flying act, this pair of Butterflies performs a pas de deux on a rope that allows them to swoop and land, leap and fly in perfect unison.
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.
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 Grand Chapiteau and back to earth in perfect coordination.
In a stunning aerial act, a group of scarabs soar high above the stage, from both edges to the middle landing on a platform. This breathtaking act combines many circus disciplines: banquine, Russian swing and swinging chair.
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 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 some 20 artists running, jumping, and walking across—and straight up—an 8 m vertical wall without artificial support. Power track 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.
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.
Tickets for Ovo are on sale now! Playing until March 15, 2012! Perfect day out in Santa Monica! Find more info here for tickets and seach for #OVO on Twitter to get in on the @Cirque conversation!
* We did not receive monetary compensation for this review. That’s IT Mommy received tickets from Cirque Du Soleil free of charge to facilitate this review. This will in no way sway our opinion of the product or service. The review is in our own words and is our opinion. Your results and opinions may differ.