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Cirque Du Soleil's OVO

Finally there is something exciting happening at the Entertainment Quarter, something that’s not the Mardi Gras after party!

The circus is back in town and boy is it full of hot buff men doing amazing feats. This is a show that will get the blood pumping.

Cirque Du Soleil was originally formed in Canada as an amazing troupe of performers completing what can only be described as absolutely brilliant tricks. Fast track to 2012 and one of their more recent creations has finally hit the Australian shores.

Ovo is all about the world of insects. Think men and women wearing stunning costumes that really need to be seen to be believed. Performed under the twisted yellow and blue spires of the big top, you are taken into a fantasy world where various insects including spiders, ants, dragonflies, butterflies, fleas and crickets perform death defying acts.

Ovo, meaning egg, is the centre piece of the production. The entire circus revolves around the introduction of an egg and the various adventures that occur in this mythical world with the insects that interact with it.

The Ladybug (Michelle Matlock), Master Flipo (Simon Bradbury) and Foreigner (Barthelemy Glumineau) are the this main characters in this story and as with everything Cirque there is sweet little story that develops out of the acrobatic feats of this amazing production.

We all know Cirque Du Soleil do some pretty amazing acrobatic stunts on stage, but Ovo take it to a whole new level. The flexibility and strength of these acrobats really leave you stumped.

The Web-Spider is a contortionist who seriously leaves you in awe but also makes you question how on earth do you become so flexible that you can bend you leg behind your head and tap your foot on to your left cheek.

The Butterflies are absolutely stunning as a duo performing on straps. The Flying Scrarabs enjoy the audience response from their aerial dance on the trapeze and the finale by the Crickets is something that you only think is possible in the movies.

As with all Cirque Du Soleil performances there’s some audience participation so be warned you may be required to get up on stage, dance along with the performers or try and seduce one of the many characters on stage.

The staging, sets, costumes and stunts really are unbelievable. It is nice from time to time to be taken away from reality, be able to sit back and let your imagination run wild. Enjoy the spectacle that is Cirque Du Soleil as it is not often you are brought to the edge of your seat by stunts that you didn’t even think were possible by the human body.

Ovo is currently playing at Sydney’s Entertainment Quarter under the blue and yellow big top until the end of November.

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