Ovo by Cirque Du Soleil
Nature is totally packed with these amazing colours — the sky, blue! And the brown in the earth! All these amazing pinks! … What is inside Ovo is the celebration of pleasure, the celebration of life. The fact that one day is very important, one second in our life is important. That is the energy, the happiness.
Deborah Colker, writer, director & choreographer of Ovo
The circus is coming to town, but don’t expect clowns, lion tamers and strongmen; this show is more akin to a fantastical flea circus viewed through a giant microscope, featuring a cast of Amazing Ants, Crazy Crickets, Flexible Fleas and Silky Spiders. This is the spectacular world of Cirque du Soleil, whose insect-themed show Ovo is flying into the Royal Albert Hall.
Ovo is a story about life in the undergrowth and how it’s disturbed when a mysterious egg (‘ovo’ is Portuguese for ‘egg’) suddenly appears, to the excitement of the many insects that live there. It is a performance of graceful movement set to Brazilian rhythms and includes the biggest flying act ever performed by the theatre company, with 80 cables to support the act.
Cirque du Soleil is known for its signature show-stopping trapeze acts, extraordinary contortionist performers and flamboyant colourful costumes, makeup and sets. They have been packing out big-top circus tents for three decades now and their annual residency at the Royal Albert Hall has become a noted event in London’s social calendar.
The company started out over 30 years ago as a small bunch of Quebec street performers that has morphed into a global enterprise with a cast of thousands working on their circus spectaculars — they currently have 20 different shows running around the globe.
This story is epitomised by their founder Guy Laliberte, an acrobat turned billionaire space tourist, who still has a hand in the creation of the company’s many shows. Ovo itself was devised by the celebrated Brazilian choreographer Deborah Colker, who directed the spectacular Opening Ceremony performance at the Rio Olympics in 2016, with a cast of over 3,000 volunteer performers.
7 January - 4 March 2018
Royal Albert Hall
London SW7 2AP
The performance is two hours long, including a 20-minute interval.
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