On Friday night, I was finally able to cash on Danielle’s present from our second wedding anniversary back in mid-October and we headed down to the docklands to witness first-hand the spectacle of Cirque de Soleil‘s latest creation, OVO.  If you’re not at least familiar with Cirque de Soleil, then you’ve either been living under a rock for the last decade or been a guest in a Turkish prison.  These guys are everywhere now, and I mean EVERYWHERE.  For example, their founder just took a trip into space, for goodness’ sake.

The trick to a Cirque de Soleil show is that they take the acrobatics and theatrics of the circus known and loved by all since P.T. Barnum first noticed the frequent birthrate of suckers, and put them to a storyline that translates to all languages and cultures.  Throw in some amazing music and stunning costumes and you’ve got yourself a hit show.

This show was no different.  Set in the world of insects, a young bug on a pilgrimage with a giant egg finds unlikely love in the midst of trapeze-crazy beetles, trampoline-loving grasshoppers and body-bending bugs of all shapes and sizes.  There’s a giant booty-shaking worm in there to keep things light-hearted.

Audience participation was all part of the show and we were encouraged to laugh, clap and provide sound effects at various points, with a few lucky audience members pulled in for some comic relief.  These people are the very definition of showmen.

My only previous experience with Cirque de Soleil was seeing one of their films in IMAX a few years ago, and it was breathtaking.  I’ve also seen a few documentaries about their schools and training as well as a few of their television specials, but nothing prepared me for the live spectacle.

The big-t0p tent where it all happens (they call it the ‘Chapiteau’) is spacious with seating for a few thousand, but they really cram you in, so there isn’t a bad seat in the house.  Since most of the action is happening well above seat-level, you can catch every nuance and movement.  One drawback is that you leave with ‘fireworks neck’ from staring up in the air for long periods of time, which is a small price to pay for such a great show.

My only gripe was the parking nightmare in the lot off Commissioner’s Drive at the end of the show, which is hardly the fault of the Cirque.

Ovo is finished here in Toronto, but will be in London on November 12, Montreal on December 18, Quebec City on January 5th and Chicoutimi January 13 to 17.  There are dates all over the US as well.  You can check out the touring schedule here.

It’s well worth the ticket price for such a great show, so check them out.

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