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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Cirque Du Soleil OVO review

 This past week I was offered the opportunity to see Cirque du Soleil's newest show, OVO with my family. OVO which means egg in Portuguese is described as a wild, colorful world, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. A mysterious egg appears in their midst brought by a "foreigner," the insects which include scarabs, fleas, ants, butterflies, spiders and crickets become awestruck and intensely curious about this iconic object that represents the enigma and cycles of their lives.  OVO, the Cirque du Soleil's 25th production in 25 years, sets an insect-themed show to the rhythm of Brazilian sounds, combining traces of samba, forró, carimbó, Rio funk, and samba-reggae.

If you have seen any of the Cirque du Soleil shows, you know that they are wildly acrobatic, colorful and just plain amazing to watch and OVO is no different. The cast is comprised of 54 performing artists from 16 different countries and every scene is one "ooh" and "ahh" after another.

My family and I had to drive about an hour to get to the show which was located on Randall's Island, NYC and travel through 1 tunnel and 3 bridges (which turned out to be $28 worth of tolls).  The parking lot was not too far of a walk from where the tents were located and it cost $20 for parking.  The show was to start at 8pm and we were allowed to start getting into the tent about 7:15.  There were plenty of extremely clean port o john restrooms (they had actual toilets that flushed instead of a big black hole) with sinks to wash hands. 

We were brought to our seats by an usher and I was ecstatic to find out that we were 6 rows away from the stage.  Although the tent probably held more than 1000 people, I think any seat would have been perfect to see every aspect of the show being that the stage was a circle.

As the show began the room got completely dark and these people come walking out into the audience in beekeeper outfits.  At first I thought oh no my daughter is going to be so scared, but the darkness was only for a minute and then the big egg disappeared and the stage became so colorful with the insects.  During the first 10 minutes of the show I was a little nervous that my husband wasn't going to like it because the bugs starting dancing around and making these weird noises.  In fact, the only person who talks or somewhat talks is the insect stranger. Then the acrobatics and contortionism started and we were all captivated!  The look on my kids faces was priceless. There is nothing better than seeing a child's face with excitement.

The uniqueness of the insect theme and the thought and creativity put into it were absolutely amazing. The costumes and makeup were incredible.  Each insect's costume was so bright and colorful.  I loved the grasshoppers. Even the orchestra had bug costumes on.  The staging was spectacular. The show ranged from slapstick comedy to an adorable love story between a lady bug and the insect stranger. One of the main bugs (I called him grandpa bug because he kind of looked like Grampa from the Munsters with green hair) was always fighting with the strange insect until the end he helped the stranger get the girl. The amazing acrobatic feats of each of the performers was just incredible. The way some of the contortionists bend and flex their bodies in half was jaw dropping. 

The choreography and the music combined were just captivating and engaging.  It put me in a good mood and made me want to get up and dance.  I resisted buying the CD because we had spent enough on gas, tolls, & snacks.  Immediately the next morning my son downloaded the free MP3 from the Cirque De Soleil website by joining their newsletter.  He has been playing it everyday afterschool!  Not to mention he also has been reading every fact he can find about how much it costs to produce the show and how they make the tents and costumes.

This was a great family night out and would love to see it again.  I really can't say what was my favorite part because I loved every aspect of the show.  Now my kids are on a mission to see every Cirque Du Soleil show  they can! If you have a chance to see it in New York or the rest of country, it is so worth it. The show is playing through June 6 in New York City.  It is also coming soon to Hartford, Boston, Washington, and Atlanta.

And finally, for those who like to be pampered there is the VIP Tapis Rouge package which includes the best seats in the house and access to the VIP suite one hour before the show and during the intermission which includes food and drinks.  I can't tell you the types of food or drinks they had as we did not have access to that suite. For more details on what is included in the VIP package, visit cirquedusoleil.com

Ticket Information and schedule: http://www.cirqueduesoleil.com/ and Family Four Pack Offer.

American Express offer: For preferred seating and other special advantages for American Express
Cardmembers, please visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/amex

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