Cirque du Soleil holds a pretty prominent position in my family’s conversations.
My sister has just returned with her little family from a year’s stint overseas with the Saltimbanco troupe. She’s been calling the show (that’s theatreese for what the Stage Manager does) all through Europe and the Middle East. Her husband will re-join the company next week (in Italy!), after his short tour break here, to continue his role in the tech department until the show closes, after 20 sell-out years, in December.
I should mention that they’ve toured 27 countries with 3 young children!
We all want to run off and join the circus but this family actually did it!
(PROPS TO THE PARENTS WHO TRAVEL INTERNATIONALLY WITH KIDS).
Speaking of family, I know that my dad will absolutely love Cirque’s newest Australian touring production, OVO. He’s an Entomologist. And quite the Drama King. A presentation he gave at a conference in New Zealand was titled:
Who knew the enemies of the avocados could be so fascinating?
He does love a good eco-drama. And the circus. But then, who doesn’t?!
THIS circus – Cirque du Soleil – is for everyone! The whole family!
And Queenslanders get to experience it first. Brisbane will host the Australian premiere season of the critically-acclaimed and family-friendly big top production OVO, under the trademark blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau (big top) at Northshore Hamilton, with the 2012-2013 national tour then moving to Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth.
Portuguese for “egg”, OVO is a headlong rush into a colourful 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, which represents the enigma and cycles of their lives.
When a gawky, quirky insect arrives in this bustling community and a fabulous ladybug catches his eye it’s love at first sight!
The cast of OVO is comprised of 55 performing artists from 14 countries specialising in many acrobatic acts. A 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. This breathtaking act combines many circus disciplines: banquine, Russian swing and swinging chair.
The Creative Team behind the world of OVO is: Artistic Guides Guy Laliberté and Gilles Ste-Croix; Writer, Director and Choreographer Deborah Colker (first female director at Cirque du Soleil); Director of Creation Chantal Tremblay; Set and props Designer Gringo Cardia; Costume Designer Liz Vandal; Composer and Musical Director Berna Ceppas; Lighting Designer Éric Champoux; Sound Designer Jonathan Deans; Acrobatic Equipment and Rigging Designer hting Designer éclairagesa creative team for the first time at Cirque du Soleilerms of distance between stations.Fred Gérard; Acrobatic Performance Designer Philippe Aubertin; and Makeup Designer Julie Bégin.
Cirque du Soleil
From a group of 20 street performers in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is a major Québec-based organisation providing high-quality artistic entertainment.
The company has 5,000 employees, including more than 1,300 artists from more than 50 different countries.
Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 100 million spectators in more than 300 cities in over forty countries on six continents.
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL – OVO – 2012/2013 AUSTRALIAN TOUR
Brisbane – From July 14 2012, Northshore Hamilton
HOT TIP: book the VIP Rouge Experience – especially if it’s your first time – which offers you premium seating and the complete VIP experience.
I wouldn’t see a Cirque show any other way!