Cirque de Soleil’s Ovo Review
For the first time in recent memory, Orlando entertainment aficionados were treated to a traveling extravaganza from Cirque du Soleil. The legendary company brought their fantastically lavish OVO show to the cozy theatre setting at Amway Center. OVO is a sumptuous serving of creative, and sometimes breathtaking, acts focused on a kingdom filled with interesting insects and a mysterious egg (or ovo if you’re Brazilian).
Cirque du Soleil does everything right, and they pay attention to and perfect the smallest details, and on this tour, they kicked it up a notch. The makeup and costuming was exquisitely designed, and included the most intricate details as the actors became the insects they interpreted. Many of the bugs were eye-catching, but the grasshopper characters were simply astounding.
Beginning several minutes before the show proper, the characters moved around the stage and arena with the same tics and quirks that their real-life insect brethren display every day in nature. Every detail was perfect, I was particularly amazed watching the facial expressions and eye movements of support actors/performers, as they offered an additional slice of authenticity to the acts transpiring under the spotlights.
And those acts, oh my…
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The ten acts we were treated to were creative scenes, all distinctive and captivating, and several absolutely breathtaking. The action is non-stop; the movement continuous, attention grabbing and fluid. OVO was our two hour immersion into a spectacular non-stop journey through a bug’s life.
The evening started with an army of red ants juggling huge slices of kiwi and corn cobs – with their feet – that was until they started juggling each other!
There were a few acts that featured fantastic exhibitions of strength and body control, including a dragonfly twirling atop a plant tendril on one hand, and a black spider cavorting on a slender strand of silk displaying incredible strength and balance.
We were also treated to several exciting high-flying acrobatic acts, including a riveting performance with a butterfly emerging from a cocoon and two other contortionist butterflies soaring across the stage on aerial straps. The first half of the show concluded with a thrilling high-flying trapeze exhibition that ended with a surprising twist.
The various acts were sewn together by the tribulations of the three main characters, led by the eccentric Master Flippo, a colorful beetle who seemed to rule the bug world we were visiting. The other two characters pursue an unlikely love affair between a lovebug and a pesky fly that fills the interludes with humor and music.
The thing we do here most often here at RARA’s Farm is talk about music, and on this night, we were treated to a talented performance of rock with a Brazilian flair. The live band displayed their diversity all night, including a few fun interactions on stage, including an accordion/violin duet and an unusual violin duel with Master Flippo.
If you’re sitting close to the stage, be alert, as several folks ended up becoming part of the show, highlighted by a self-assured young lady who stole her scene as her boyfriend videotaped a once-in-a-lifetime moment from the crowd.
The two highlight acts of the evening were both in the last half of the show. During the spiders’ act to restart the show, one of the spiders displayed an unbelievable contortionist act that was simultaneously mystical and sensual. The highlight of the night was the last performance: Crickets. I won’t give away too much but their acrobatics were captivating.
They’ll be filling the Amway Center all weekend, before travelling to Estero Island and Jacksonville over the next two weeks. If you’re anywhere in the state, do yourself a favor and zip over to one of these venues for a night you’ll never forget.
Grab tickets at the OVO website here.
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