Cirque du Soleil: Ovo

After almost 30 years and two dozen different productions, Cirque du Soleil has made an art of balancing audience expectations with increasingly innovative performances. As a traveling production, Ovo comes to town with a sense of the organization's roots. While the fixed-site shows in places like Las Vegas and Orlando offer great technical opulence, seeing one of their productions set up in a parking lot exudes the notion of a 21st-century circus. The more intimate setting also means there really isn't a bad seat from which to observe the entire spectacle. If you're well-versed in the brand, you likely won't see anything terribly new, but that doesn't mean the performances are any less breathtaking. It's almost as if Brazilian dancer/choreographer Deborah Colker, who developed the show, took parts of other Cirque productions and asked, "But what if we do this instead?" The result echoes Cirque's O, La Nouba, and Mystère, but remixed, if you will. Inspired by the world of insects, the costumes are innovative; the music the company's familiar New Age soundscape with a tropical/South American twist. The various creatures are content to dance and perform various acrobatic feats, all while reacting to the mysterious "Ovo" ("egg" in Portuguese) that is suddenly in their midst. Interwoven with the usual bits of comic relief and some audience participation, Ovo is a delight for the uninitiated as well Cirque aficionados.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 4 p.m.; Sundays, 1 & 5 p.m. Starts: May 26. Continues through June 12, 2011

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