I am Canadian and I have not seen Cirque du Soleil perform. I’m pretty sure this is akin to a New Zealander not having watched the Haka. Or an Italian not having eaten pasta. Or…
I’d go on, but I’m already experiencing a metaphor meltdown.
This is going to change, though. Not my overreaching metaphors, but my not having seen Cirque.
I am going to the Calgary Premiere of Ovo – with two free tickets thanks to the Cirque folks. I’m not even bringing my children, which means I’ll be able to watch the spectacle and so will the people around me.
The show is Ovo. Let’s do some word association: ovo…ovum…gametes…gonads. But this is a family show. So my word association—like my metaphor—failed.
I’ll let the marketers take care of describing Ovo:
OVO 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. The insects’ home is a world of biodiversity and beauty filled with noisy action and moments of quiet emotion.
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’s 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.
OVO is overflowing with contrasts. The hidden, secret world at our feet is revealed as tender and torrid, noisy and quiet, peaceful and chaotic. And as the sun rises on a bright new day the vibrant cycle of insect life begins anew.
Sounds rather sensual, doesn’t it?
My favourite part — if I can have a favourite given I’ve never seen Cirque — are the acrobatics.
OVO features many acrobatic acts including a stunning flying trapeze act: Six flyers fly as high as 14 m, making this act the biggest of its kind ever presented under a Grand Chapiteau by Cirque du Soleil. This act is the most difficult in the world to execute in terms of the distance between stations. It combines many circus disciplines: banquine, Russian swing and swinging chair.
The finale features 20 artists running, jumping and leaping straight up an 8-meter vertical wall.
Am I the only one thinking of Spiderman at this point?
Do you want to come? You can buy tickets here for the performances in Calgary.
You can also come for free. The good peeps at Cirque have given me a family pass of four tickets for the matinee on Saturday, September 10.
To enter, do one (or all) of the following. You get one entry for each of these.
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- offer to babysit my children and tell me you did this
This contest will close at 7 p.m. MST on Thursday, September 1. At that point, I will throw something at my computer screen to determine who won. Or, I will use random number generator. I’ll post the winner Friday. Or next Monday. Or eventually.
Photo Credits: OSA Images