I will admit, I’ve never been to a Cirque du Soleil show before. I’m not sure why. Growing up, this troupe would erect their tents each fall in the grounds, directly across from Tysons Galleria, drawing a huge crowd. And, in all the times I’ve been to Vegas, I’ve never bothered to see a show there either (then again, I’ve never quite made it to a show there in general). So, when given the opportunity to go and witness a dress rehearsal for a brand new show, and the first launched by a woman, how could I say no?
On September 8, my boyfriend and I drove to the National Harbor to their events grounds to see Ovo – Cirque du Soleil’s newest show. There, the infamous yellow and blue big top tents greeted us at the top of a hill, inviting us to the magic it held inside. Upon closer inspection of our tickets, we were invited to join other VIP guests in the Tapis Rouge room. Once inside, we were greeted by staff holding champagne and wine while a photographer was ready to snap a complimentary photo of us in front of the Ovo display. Once being able to wander, it’s immediately noticed how plush and chic the interior is. And, in the center, a decorative motorized lazy susan displayed artistic hors d’ oeuvres for you to enjoy. This was in addition to the huge pineapples on a stick, with shrimp skewers, servers were walking around with.
About 30 minutes into relaxing and enjoying the atmosphere, it was announced that we were to take our seats. We wandered out of the tent and into the big top where the familiar circus smells were all around: popcorn, funnel cakes, candy and more. After saying hi to a few more friends, we made our way to Section 101, Row D – just a few rows back from the stage. When seated, we noticed the the giant lit-up egg (Ovo means egg in Portuguese) that glowed brightly amongst the dark stage. Soon thereafter, the show began.
To not give away the entire show, it can be summarized as a beautiful concert of bugs, living in harmony. The producer took the best of the animal kingdom and brought together a symphony of ideas, creating a spectacular acrobatic show with a romantic twist. The attendees oohed and aahed over every acrobatic twist, turn and lengthy handstand done, whether in the air or on the stage. Some even commented on the flexibility and balance of these performers, while they maintained full character.
By intermission, we were invited to go back to the VIP tent to enjoy some sweet treats and more champagne. Instead of a rotating lazy susan, there was a static circular display of candy jars and containers to fill up on your favorites, as well as servers with pineapples on sticks, offering chocolate-covered strawberries. It was also really great to catch up with some friends.
By the second act, people were amazed and overwhelmed at the synchonous motions of the grasshoppers and their rock wall/trampoline bounce scene. By far, my favorite to see and probably one of the most challenging to perform right. Although all scenes in this show were amazing, this part was definitely noteworthy enough to make you want to see the show again.
When it was over, the only question left unanswered was the egg and what was inside of it, something no one has the answer to. Still, on the way out, there was a loud buzz of the recounting of all that was seen, the story that unfolded and comments of how each wanted to see it again – I agree. In fact, I’m making it a mission in life to see all Cirque shows still in existence!
Shout outs go to Aba Kwawu, Angie Goff, Katherine Kennedy, Jenny Goff, Kate Michael, Alex Naini and all of those that were there but I didn’t see!