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Onstage: Cirque du Soleil presents OVO

By Julie Mullins · April 19th, 2011 · CityBeat Recommends

It’s big top time again! The animal-free circus of astounding humans, Cirque du Soleil brings another Grand Chapiteau — French for “big top” — performance to Cincinnati, this time at Coney Island. There aren’t animals, but there are plenty of bugs. The inimitable Montréal-based organization presents OVO, featuring a host of insect characters performing feats daredevil and delightful, acrobatic and theatrical — all in a colorful, lively ecosystem only Cirque du Soleil could create.

Ovo is Portuguese for “egg,” and the title’s three letters graphically suggest two insect eyes separated by a pointed nose. Cirque’s extravagant creativity knows no bounds: from custom costumes for ants, scarabs and crickets and curvy, web-like set designs, to an original live score featuring Brazilian Bossa nova and Samba influences mixed with insect sounds. Witness exhilarating acts of flying trapeze (the biggest one Cirque has performed under a big top), contortion, foot juggling, diabolos and more.

In short, expect top-notch production values and jaw-dropping physical prowess. Don’t miss brilliant human tricks at their finest.

OVO continues through May 8. Go here for show times and ticket information.



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