Though it’s near impossible to pick, OVO by Cirque du Soleil is perhaps one of it’s best. First, here is the plot: OVO is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects (ants, grasshoppers, spiders, butterflies, dragonfly) work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love. When a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are awestruck and curious about this object that represents the enigma and cycles of their lives. In the subplot, a gangly-looking insect falls head over heels in love with zesty ladybug and spends the duration of the show trying to woo her.
OVO is very imaginative, spirited and beautifully conceptualized. There is something more understated and subtle about OVO, which I found incredibly appealing. It didn’t feel as over the top as some of the others I’ve seen such as Dralion or KA. Since Cirque du Soleil is a total multi-sensory endeavor, it’s difficult to describe the artistry, choreography, music, costumes, sets and overall experience of Cirque du Soleil, especially to someone who has never been. OVO relies on the beauty of the story maybe in a simpler way than some of the other shows have in the past.
I can tell you this: You’ve probably never seen a show quite like Cirque du Soleil. The fundamental difference is that as is the case with OVO, every single thread of detail—including lighting, sound, theatrics, music, song, costumes, sets, staging, talent, athleticism, artistry—has been thought of, designed, considered and specifically manipulated. OVO is breathtaking from the moment it starts and ends. The stunts, and how people can stretch their physical abilities, are mind-boggling. I always joke about how I feel totally out of shape after watching these performers (such as the instance of the 3 women spiders in OVO) bend themselves like human pretzels.
But I always also leave a Cirque du Soleil show feeling creative and inspired. It’s wonderful that there are people out there, such as those who teamed up for OVO, capable of extending our minds and hearts in new ways because of their talents, skills and artistic capacity. These superstars (including the set designers, composers, costume and make-up artists, acrobats, choreographers) that I might never meet or recognize if I was walking down the street, make me want to explore ideas, imagination and magical ways of seeing the world. They renew a sense of wonder for beautiful things captured and for finding new ways for expression.
Yes, I would highly encourage you to go, bring your kids, have a date night or hang with a girlfriend. You will truly enjoy this show. OVO by Cirque du Soleil is currently playing through May 20th. For tickets, visit http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/ovo/show/about.aspx