CIRQUE DU SOLEIL FEB. 20- 23

Ticket Information 
Tickets for the general public start at $44 for adults and $31 for kids (subject to change) with senior, military, student discounts and family packs available at www.cirquedusoleil.com/ovo.  

OVO in Numbers… and Fun Facts!

 Overview of the show

  • OVO is the 25th Cirque du Soleil live production created on the company’s 25th anniversary.
  • OVO was created in 2009 and premiered in Montreal.
  • The show toured in big top from 2009 to 2015.
  • OVO has visited more than 30 cities in 6 different countries as a Big Top show.
  • In 2015, the show went through a remount process for few months and was transformed into an arena show.
  • The show premiered its arena version in April 2016 in Lake Charles, LA.
  • Since the show has been touring in its Arena version, it went to 115 cities (date: December 8th, 2019)
  • OVO has now been seen by over 6 million people since 2009.
  • In total, there are currently 100 people in the cast and crew, coming from 25 different countries
  • There are 52 performers in the show, coming from 15 different countries.
  • OVO is Cirque du Soleil first and only show completely starring bugs!
  • OVO is a day in the life of a community of insects.
  • There are 17 different types of insects represented in the show (Crickets, scarabs, butterflies, red ants, fleas, firefly, silver spider, dragonfly, black spider, red spider, white spider, fly, ladybug, beetle, cockroaches, mosquito, wood insects)
  • There are 3 main characters in the show who are 3 different bugs: a Ladybug, a Fly and a Beetle
  • OVO actually means ‘egg’ in Portuguese. The director and the composer of the show are Brazilian.
  • To create the musical score for OVO, Berna Ceppas combined the sounds of bossa nova and samba with funk and electro music.
  • Berna Ceppas sampled actual insect sounds to combine with the music directly from the keyboard.
  • There are 7 musicians in OVO and they all play different instruments. Our band is actually a band of cockroaches!
  • During the show, the OVO bandleader is not only calling the show but also playing bass and upright bass at the same time. He is in constant contact with the stage manager and has to call the cues to the other musicians. The music is live and the band has to adapt it to what’s happening on stage every show.
  • Our musicians play 11 different music instruments in the show. In addition to that, our percussionist uses 30 percussions instruments.
  • There are over 10 circus disciplines in the show. (Foot juggling & icarian games, hand balancing, aerial silk, aerial straps, russian cradle, contortion, diabolo, acro sport, slackwire, trampoline & tumbling and our Creatura, which is actually a manipulation act) 

Technical

  • Set Designer Gringo Cardia drew inspiration from the structures that certain species of insects create when they establish nests and colonies.
  • There are almost no straight lines to be found anywhere in the set. True to the organic inspiration of the show, the Wall is curved, and so is the stage.
  • Our trampo wall has a little twist that makes it more difficult for our artists. Regular trampo wall are straight but OVO’s trampo wall is curved.
  • The show starts with a gigantic Egg on stage. This Egg, which is inflatable, measures 28 ft wide by 22 ft tall.
  • The Wall measures 64 ft wide by 30 ft tall and is a giant projection surface that will be used all across the show.
  • Projections were added to the arena version of the show. It took over 40 days of shooting of a miniature forest. The forest was built from real plants and represented a miniature world
  • The acrobatic structure (acrobatic grid) is at 45 feet from the ground and weighs over 22,000 Lbs.
  • The stage floor is made of 225 panels.
  • The diameter of the stage is 12,8 meters.
  • OVO needs 19 trucks to travel from city to city.
  • There are over 700 roadcases traveling with the show in these trucks.
  • It takes about 13 hours to set-up the show in an arena and about 3h to 4h to tear it down.
  • In the foot juggling act, our red ants juggle with big kiwis. They are actually white drums ordered from a specific shop in China. Our Head of Props needs 2 weeks of painting with different stencils to transform these white drums into kiwis.
  • In the backstage area, there is a big structure we call the ‘Jungle Gym’. It is a structure made of trusses in which most of the acrobatic act of the show can be rehearsed.
  • Over 100 moving lights are used in the show.
  • There are also over 100 speakers that feature surround sound in every arena where the show goes.

Costumes

  • The Wardrobe team has to do 34 loads of laundry on load-in day to be ready for the week of show!
  • The Wardrobe team travels with over 1000 pieces of costume (including body suits, hats, shoes, etc…)
  • The Foreigner, one of the main characters of the show, has the longest shoes ever done at Cirque du Soleil.
  • The crickets – the artists doing trampoline and tumbling in the show – have the simplest makeup ever done at Cirque du Soleil, with only 7 steps.
  • The initial cricket costumes required 75 hours of work each because of their complexity and the need to give them rigidity while maintaining the flexibility and expandability of the material.
  • Liz Vandal is the costume designer for the show.
  • She has a special affinity for the world of the insects. “I’ve always had passion for them,” she says. “When I was just a kid I put rocks down around the yard near the fruit trees and I lifted them regularly to watch the insects who had taken up residence underneath them. I pet caterpillars and let butterflies into the house.”
  • Liz Vandal has a signature style inspired by futuristic superheroes and by suits of armour from all eras. These two sources inform her designs for the OVO costumes.

She also took her inspiration from certain fashion designers such as Pierre Cardin, who focused on graphic lines and geometric shapes. She was also inspired by the slashed sleeves of Renaissance garments.

  • Most characters have two versions of their costumes: the first, more lightweight and functional, for their acrobatic performance, and the second, more richly detailed and heavier, for their life in the community.

Artists

  • A lot of our performers were professional athletes before working at Cirque du Soleil. 2 of our crickets were competing against each other in several Tumbling World Championship – in 2 different national tumbling teams. They now have to share the stage in a same group act 7 shows a week!

 

  • An actual cricket can jump 30 times their height. Our crickets jumping on the trampolines in the show can jump up to 3 times their height.

 

  • Qiu Jiangming – our Silver Spider doing Slackwire – grew up in a traditional circus family. Not only were his father and grandfather were circus performers but his mother is currently his coach traveling with him on tour.

 

  • Ariunsanaa Bataa – our White Spider performing contortion in the show – grew up in a traditional circus family. Her father was a circus performer. When she was a child, he told her that she was too tall to become a contortionist. She is now one of the best in the world!

 

  • 2 Olympians are part of the OVO cast. Olga Shcherbatykh competed gymnastic in Athens in 2004 and Nansy Damianova in Beijing in 2008.

 

  • There are 2 big group acts in the show – the Russian Cradle Act and the Wall Act (combining trampoline & tumbling) – and these 2 acts require a lot of training time on stage. These 2 acts usually have 1h training on stage, 3 to 4 times a week.

Others

  • There is a catering team traveling with the tour. They need 1 extra truck to transport their portable kitchen and food. The catering team has to adapt their menu to local specialty every week, but also to new suppliers in every city they go. They have to feed 100 people with different taste, from 20 different countries!
  • On an average week, the catering team prepares an average of 1200 meals!
  • The catering team use an average of 50 pineapples per week and almost 100 lbs of apples and oranges as well as over 100lbs of potatoes each week. The OVO team consumes an average of 100lbs of chicken per week, over 60lbs of fish and seafood and anywhere between 80-120lbs of beef and pork. and over 700 eggs.
  • All of the Dining room and Kitchen equipment, as well as food storage, fit into a 48′ trailer that with a built in refrigeration. The catering team can set up a Kitchen anywhere within a 10X10 space that has access to electricity and water. They carry all of their own equipment with the exception of dining room tables, chairs and extra refrigeration.

 

  • The Tour Production Coordinator has to make sure to transport 191 suitcases of personal belongings every week
  • The Tour Production Coordinator also has to book block of 100 hotel rooms in every city where the show goes every week. Hotels are usually booked 9 to 12 months