I was invited to the grand opening of Cirque Du Soleil’s Ovo last week at Atlantic Station in Atlanta, Georgia. Having been a long fan of the Cirque performances, I was eager to go and add another show to my list. Ovo was the 5th Cirque that I have seen, and next to Las Vegas’ spectacular O (which is the greatest performance of anything I’ve seen in my life), Ovo was my favorite. Hands down the best traveling Cirque that I’ve seen. While the music wasn’t as memorable as Alegria, the actual performances were mind-blowing.
There were two acts that especially had me amazed, the first was a group of small Asian girls who were representing ants. They were passing around small props which symbolized food. They not only balanced and move these props around on their own – but they also passed them – as well as themselves – back and forth among each other. I found myself leaning over to my friend asking if he thought there were magnetics in the props – because I didn’t understand how they could be so flawless with the movements. But I think that’s exactly what they were – flawless.
The second act that really caught my attention was the combination of trampolines and a wall that mirrored a rock climbing wall – but the performers were much more creative with their movements on the wall than you’d see with a traditional rock climber. The performers were dressed as grasshoppers and their movements had them hoping around the stage and onto the wall in graceful ways that left the audience with nothing but smiles. Clearly these men had a gymnastics background – but the spin they put on this act was like nothing I’ve ever seen before. And after all, isn’t that what we go to Cirque Du Soleils to see? Things that we never imagined or thought possible? You certainly won’t be disappointed with this one.
I sat with my mouth agape for most of the night, just smiling and muttering wow. Ovo continues to impress audiences in the style they’ve become accustomed to with Cirque Du Soleil. Performers moving in ways that don’t seem humanly possible and doing stunt work that you can’t believe unless you see it for yourself.
Ovo had it’s grand opening on November 4th, 2010 at Atlantic Station in Atlanta, GA and will be under the Grand Chapiteau until December 19th. After that Texas, Ohio, Minneapolis, Illinois, and Washington will have the pleasure!
Tickets: Atlanta Tickets
Official Website: www.cirquedusoleil.com
Review By: Emma Loggins