The large blue-and-yellow Big Top pitched in the middle of Moore Park’s Entertainment Quarter was an unusual yet incredibly beguiling and exciting sight. As someone who has always marvelled at anything slightly magical (I blame J.K Rowling) the atmosphere of the circus was something in which I have always yearned to experience. Furthermore, to experience a Cirque Du Soleil show, that is, a show that emphasises human rather than animal performance, was indeed an added bonus.
Cirque Du Soleil’s Ovo is described as ‘an immersion into the teeming and energetic world of insects.’ Naturally, it goes without saying that the costumes, design, lighting and even the music, captured the intricacy, diversity and vibrancy of insect life. The production is centred around the main narrative of love between a large ladybird and a lean fly, and the entire ensemble of insects – spiders, caterpillars, ants, grasshoppers, fireflies, just to name a few – is guided by the ringmaster of insects, a cockroach.
While the ‘clowns’ of the show – the lady bird, fly and cockroach - do their best to keep the production moving along its narrative course, you find yourself hurrying them along in order to get back to the amazing acrobatic performances. Having said this, the standout acrobatic moments of Ovo were fewer than I expected. Without a doubt, the best part of the show was the foot-juggling ants who juggled kiwi fruit, corn and, astonishingly, other ants with rhythmic and impeccably timed synchronisation. The spider-web contortionist and the caterpillar couple on ropes were also spectacular.
However, throughout the two hours I found myself waiting for trapeze artists to perform but for an unknown reason, the scarabs that were suppose to tackle this acrobatic endeavour and dazzle us from above, did not do so in our matinee session. Despite this, and despite it being an incredibly hot day with the air-conditioning struggling along under the plastic Big Top with around 2,000 people crammed into their seats, Cirque Du Soleil’s Ovo was hard not to enjoy.
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