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Cirque Du Soleil OVO – A World Of Insect Life In Portland, OR

Cirque Du Soleil’s OVO is here in Portland, Oregon from April, 5th to May 20th, 2012. It next is moving on to Australia. OVO is a show of life and all the energy and colors that it has to offer, one that many people do not even notice and overlook everyday.

OVO is an amazing show that is a great for the whole family to enjoy. It is focused on a vibrant and colorful ecosystem of insect life where many different types of insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and of course find love and respect for each other. It is full of energy and the show never stops, well until intermission of course.

The center of attention is a focus on the insects’ home and all the biodiversity and beauty filled environment’s that exists in our real world. It brings the natural noises of nature and also the quietness that also exists during the day. Performers resemble many insects that we can relate to, but are given that Cirque Du Soleil flair which bring creative thinking to the audience.

It all starts when a giant, well giant to the insects, mysterious egg is brought to the insect earth by a very funny and energetic blue and spikey insect. Soon all the insects are awestruck and the leader of the insect world becomes very curious about this nontraditional object. The egg is representative of the cycles of their lives, since many insects come from eggs themselves. The holder of this giant egg, a very gawky and quirky insect, begins the show by carrying it on his back through the wild, and the audience, eventually arriving in this bustling community of life. Then a captivating and delicate ladybug catches his eye, and from there he wants to entice the ladybug and at the same time the insect world is fascinated and in awe of this egg.

OVO is filled with insects and aspects of their lives that us humans do not think about. It shows the hidden and secret world under us that is chaotic yet delicate, gentle yet intense, while loud and very soft. The wide diversity of acts and costumes show these qualities making it a memorable show and positive message on the diversity that life has to offer.

I enjoyed all the acts which include Acrosport, leg spinning Ants, and syterious Creatura, very high flying Diabolos, Flying Act high in the air, Orvalho (hand balancing), spinning Butterflies (Spanish Web duo), and very balanced Slackwire act, a bug hopping Wall performance, and a spider in a web routine. The Diabolos and Slackwire act were by far my favorite and the precision and skill needed for both of these is incredible.

The costumes that the performers wear are very colorful and accented, giving the insects a respectable beauty to make the audience intrigued and mesmerized by them all. Costume designer Liz Vandal puts this to action and says all insects are beautiful and perfect; it is what they evoke for each of us that changes our perception of them. Instead of viewing bugs as just bugs, we see them in a light of importance and beauty.

OVO was a very entertaining show so if you want something very unique and very entertaining, check it out under the Grand Chapiteau located at the Portland Expo center grounds.

I was provided with 2 passes to check out the show here in Portland.


  1. Del on May 2, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Hopefully one day they come to your town. Next stop is down under, Australia. It was a good show for kids! Thanks for the comments!

  2. christine jessamine on April 12, 2012 at 10:48 am

    this looks like alot of fun, I would love for them to come to where I live soon so I can take my kids!

  3. Amanda on April 11, 2012 at 10:44 am

    this looks awesome! I would love to attend a show with the kids!

  4. shelly peterson on April 10, 2012 at 11:50 am

    This show sounds awesome! I love the bright costumes, my son would love to see this. too bad it isn’t showing in my town.