Cirque du Soleil OVO has arrived in the DC area. My family and I had the privilege of going opening night, and I have some amazing highlights to share with you!
First of all, any time you have the opportunity to see a live Cirque du Soleil show, you absolutely should! It is sure to be one-of-a-kind entertainment from start to finish, and OVO was no exception. When you enter the arena, you see a giant egg sitting on the stage. This immediately grabbed our attention and the kids curiosity began running! At one point before the show, a few acrobatic spiders gave us a little preview of what was to come. There were even some bug catchers roaming the audience. The tone was set for an insect adventure!
OVO, meaning “egg” in Portuguese, is a headlong rush into a colorful 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. As the show begins, you see life through a bug’s point of view. Act after act there were jaw-dropping performances of balancing, acrobatic, tight ropes, gymnastics, and so much more! What I love about Cirque is their ability to tell a story and convey emotions with pure actions and noises. Among all of the talented bugs showing off their Cirque skills, there was a story of a bug falling for another bug, and the romance and silliness ensues! This story is woven between acts and my kids followed it and actually really loved these interactions.
The cast of OVO is comprised of 50 performing artists from 12 countries specializing in many acrobatic acts. One highlight of OVO is the stunning Flying Act in which a group of scarabs soar high above the stage, from both edges to the middle landing on a platform. My kids ages 5, 11, and 12 were all very interested and engaged during the show. I looked over and saw many wide eyes and “mom, did you see that?” moments! I would certainly say this show is good for ages 5 and up. It runs about 2 hours with a 20 min intermission. Our family definitely gives this show two thumbs up!
See Cirque du Soleil’s OVO now at the Eagle Bank Arena Aug 16-20th. Get tickets starting at $39 for adults and $25 for children. Senior, military, student discounts and family 4-packs available. For show times and tickets, click here!