Review: Cirque du Soleil – “Ovo” in San Jose, 02/03/10

Title: Wall Act
Picture credit: Benoit Fontaine © 2009 Cirque du Soleil Inc.
Costume credit: Liz Vandal © 2009 Cirque du Soleil

Looking for something to do on that special Valentine’s Date? How about the perfect family outing? Wanting a dude/girls’ night out? Tired of spending so much money at the movie theaters? And not sure of what to do in San Jose (because you spend most of your time at Santana Row or the mall)? Here’s your answer to all your problems: Cirque du Soleil’s Ovo.

It will impress your date, spouse, children, guy/girl friends and you’ll have a fantastic time!

The only Cirque du Soleil show that I’ve seen is Mystere at Treasure Island in Las Vegas last June. It truly was mysterious, but because of my seats (in the way back), I felt a little bit left out from the overall experience. That’s one thing that this production of Ovo makes sure it does – it includes everyone, no matter where your seats are. And I must say, there’s not a bad seat in the house… I mean, tent.

The lights, music, sound effects and set design are some of the most creative and technological advanced that I’ve ever seen in the theatre. It’s almost too hard to describe. When the designers were creating Ovo, they made sure that almost every one of your senses – sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch – were being occupied at some point during the evening. My favorite was when the big flower opened up on stage right and the tent was instantly filled with a beautiful aroma, just like if you were smelling a big bouquet of flowers. It was incredible.

Ovo is described as “… a headlong rush into a colourful 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.” It’s a perfect description of this incredible world that they have created. Each one of the acts – juggling, trapeze, human contortionists, trampoline, tight-rope walk – are all amped up from the usual “circus” fare. The human contortionists looked like she didn’t have any bones in her body. The tight-rope walker used a unicycle and balanced himself on the rope with his chin. The trapeze artists were doing incredible flips and landing in the arms of two guys standing 30 feet in the air. All of it was jaw-dropping incredible.

My favorite act of the night was the grasshopper-like insects using the trampolines and the rock wall to create a gravity defying act. They would fall from the top ledge (probably 30 feet) and run back up the rock wall and end right where they started. (In the picture above you see two of them in mid-air against the rock wall.) It was absolutely stunning to watch them do this.

All of this incredible athletic work was accompanied by an incredible live band, directed by Berna Ceppas, tucked away into the two corners of the stage. The Cajun-inspired techno music was out of control. It was wild and beautiful all at the same time.

In conjunction with watching the Olympics on TV, come see some of the greatest athletes on earth defy your wildest expectations in your own town. It’s a theatrical and athletic feast of epic proportions.

Cirque du Soleil’s Ovo

Market & Taylor Street in San Jose, CA

February 4th – March 7th, 2010

Buy tickets here

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