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Cirque du Soleil - OVO - Premieres January 17 2013 under the blue-and-yellow Big Top at Melbourne Docklands

BY Clea Woods | 12-Sep-2012
NEW MELBOURNE SHOWS - ON SALE SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 15, 2012. Cirque du Soleil is currently touring Australia with a new big top production, the critically-acclaimed and family-friendly OVO. Having just completed a successful season in Brisbane, OVO is premiering tomorrow night in Sydney. Following Sydney, OVO will travel to Adelaide before opening at Melbourne Docklands on January 17 2013. Due to popular demand, Cirque du Soleil announced today that new shows have been added to the Melbourne season (5 February to 3 March 2013 inclusively).

Since its world premiere in 2009, OVO has visited more than 20 cities in Canada, United States and Mexico, delighting over 2 million spectators.

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. The cast of OVO is comprised of 54 performing artists from 16 countries specializing in many spectacular acrobatic acts.

Cirque du Soleil gratefully acknowledges the official sponsors of the OVO 2012-2013 Australian tour: Infiniti and American Express ®.

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL - OVO - 2012/2013 AUSTRALIAN TOUR

Sydney - From September 13 2012, Showring at The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park
Adelaide - From December 6, 2012, Tambawodli (next to Ellis Park)
Melbourne - From January 17, 2013, Docklands Melbourne
Perth - From April 14 2013, Langley Park

About 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.

Name

The name OVO means “egg” in Portuguese. This timeless symbol of the life cycle and birth of numerous insects represents the underlying thread of the show. Graphically, OVO hides an insect in its name: The two “Os” represent the eyes while the letter “V” forms the nose.

Acts

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.