REVIEW | Cirque du Soleil’s OVO Comes to Yorkshire
On Wednesday night I had the privilege of attending the premiere night of Cirque du Soleil’s OVO at the Leeds First Direct Arena – and it was bloody brilliant.
‘OVO, meaning “egg” in Portuguese, is a headlong rush into a colourful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. When a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are awestruck and intensely curious about this iconic object that represents the enigma and cycles of their lives. It is love at first sight when a gawky, quirky insect arrives in this bustling community and a fabulous ladybug catches his eye – and the feeling is mutual.’
Having never seen a Cirque du Soleil show before I wasn’t sure quite what to expect. Perhaps a few jugglers, a trapeze artist, an awkward clown here or there? How wrong I was. The show was utterly captivating. Each Cirque has a different theme and OVO followed the story of a ladybird and another strange insect-type-thing who fell in love after finding an egg. Sounds pretty bizarre. And it was. But completely mesmerising at the same time. Think A Bug’s Life on an acid tab or three.
Each act was incredible – my favourites without a doubt were the adorable Kiwi-Juggling Bugs who opened the show and the Green Ants whose amazing trampolining skills ended the night.
The skill and form, grace and flexibility of each and every super-human on that stage meant hardly any moments of breath-holding fear and ‘I can’t watch’ moments. Apart from when the Black Spider – played by World Championship Gymnast Alanna Baker – lifted her entire bodyweight into some contortionist positioning using only her gob for support. I just could not watch. It was terrifying. Nobody should be able to bend that way.
The costumes, the music, the scenery, and above all the talent were nothing short of mind-mindbogglingly breath-taking. Each act and scene was so captivating – one certainly didn’t notice ropes being lowered or mats moving on stage. We had a fantastic night – the only downside is you come away feeling pretty embarrassed about the ineptitude of your own body. My friend actually thought she sprained her hand from clapping at the end.
Thanks to Barry at L.D. Communications for inviting us.
OVO is in Leeds until 23rd September and then moves to Manchester, Birmingham, Dublin and Belfast.
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