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Review of OVO – Cirque du Soleil at The Royal Albert Hall

OVO Hand Balancing
OVO Hand Balancing

Cirque du Soleil returns to the majestic Royal Albert Hall to kickstart 2018 with its show, OVO! Never seen before in the UK, this stunning show is a rush of energy and movement featuring many of Cirque du Soleil’s mind-blowing signature acts. The audience is immediately transported to a vibrant, bright world of insects such as ants, caterpillars and spiders whilst they work, play, fight and look for love. OVO uncovers the natural world at our feet.

The costumes, designed by Liz Vandal, were impressive, colourful and creative. The interesting score by Musical Director, Berna Ceppas, was lively and timed perfectly to match the onstage action.

In such a large space such as the Royal Albert Hall, the acts had to be larger than life to capture the audience’s attention. They certainly were. Most of the acrobatic acts had the audience gasping and cheering, particularly the impressive aerial straps reaching dizzying heights and the Russian cradle, which saw a range of impressive stunts performed with ease.

The cast of Cirque du Soleil are most definitely incredibly talented and know how to entertain an audience. Whilst the comic sections in between the main acts felt slightly too long and often fell flat, the large acrobatic and gymnastic acts were visually stunning. They were all performed perfectly and were totally in sync.

The show includes contortionists, clowning, acrobatics, aerial flying acts, dancing, juggling, and incredible athletic feats. The dancing, choreographed by Deborah Colker, was performed in complete unison and with precision. The performers all had a fluidity to their movements which makes them even more mesmerising to watch.

Interestingly, photography was welcome at this show. Although this meant that audience members could take home their own souvenir, it did detract from the show and draw attention away from the action happening on stage. The best part about theatre is that you experience it live. Watching through a mobile phone screen is not the same. 

Cirque du Soleil is well-known for its dramatic and gravity-defying acts. This show follows suit. Whilst the acts were not all entirely original, they certainly wowed the audience and filled the Royal Albert Hall, especially the dramatic finale. This insect-inspired production will no doubt attract fans of Cirque du Soleil but would be a fantastic way to introduce families and children of all ages to the spectacle of the circus. So join the wilder side and come and marvel at the acts on offer at Cirque du Soleil’s latest offering.

4 stars

Review by Amanda Reynolds

After the success of Amaluna, Cirque du Soleil returns to London in January 2018 with OVO.

Having thrilled more than 4.5 million people worldwide since the show premiered in Montreal in 2009, OVO will make its European debut later this year followed by performances at the Royal Albert Hall for Cirque Du Soleil’s annual residency in London.

OVO, meaning “egg” in Portuguese, is 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. 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.

The cast of OVO is comprised of 50 performing artists from 12 countries specializing in many acrobatic acts. One highlight of OVO is the stunning Flying Act in which a group of scarabs soar high above the stage, from both edges to the middle landing on a platform.

Don’t miss this spectacular show at the iconic Royal Albert Hall.

Booking Until: 4th Mar 2018

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