Dec 22, 2016

Cirque du Soleil OVO is Now Playing at the Joe! See a Bit Behind the Scenes!

This weekend, an event like no other is taking place at the Joe Louis Arena - Cirque du Soleil OVO, an acrobatic marvel that will not only captivate your mind but all of your senses. With an underlying story throughout the whole performance, the show is ideal for even young kids but is meant for all ages to enjoy. With an international crew of over 100, including over 50 different performers the show will amaze you as you watch the story unfold in front of you. OVO is opening at the Joe tonight, but I was invited to get a sneak peek of the performance as well as a tour behind the scenes. 

When we first arrived at the Joe, some of the performers were warming up and practicing for tonight's performance. The acrobat who performs as the Silver Spider worked on his routine on the slack wire - a wire that is barely the size of your pinky. From walking, flips, rolls and even riding a unicycle in a hand stand. He was amazing to watch. You can check out a clip of his performance below - keep in mind, tonight and all weekend he will have a full costume on! All of the performers work closely with their trainers, and practice before their shows.

Any touring show comes with a lot of equipment, and Cirque du Soleil is no different. OVO actually travels with 19 tractor trailers, and while it seems like a lot for a (relatively) small performance, it includes all of the rigging, a full laundry service, a full gym, wardrobe department, the "Jungle gym" for artists to practice on, music and lighting equipment and much more. With so much packed into the trucks, you would think it would take days to put any show together - instead, the whole set up for each show is done in under 15 hours (and taken down in 3). Cirque du Soleil OVO moves from city to city each week, performing up to 7 shows in each stop.

During our visit, we were able to see where the magic happens - not only on the stage, but back stage as well. The amount of work that goes into the show daily from the performers (who work out or practice between shows), to the laundry service that cleans the costumes every day, to the wardrobe department who custom make every outfit and even do touch ups between shows. The amount of dedication to the show is apparent.

As OVO travels throughout the country, they aren't just here to entertain us (although they do that very well). But instead, wherever the show ends up they hire a large number of local workers to help with the set up, tear down and other aspects of the show. The show is committed to giving back to the community it is visiting by helping the local economy.

After our tour we sat and watched a bit of the other acts warm up and practice before tonight's performance. Each one was just as spectacular as the last defying gravity and things we would never be able to do. From swinging through the air just by holding onto a set of bands, to flips and flying from pod to pod. I can only imagine what these acts look like in full costume. We can't wait to check this show out this weekend, and this is how we'll be spending our Christmas together! OVO is a beautiful collection of art, acrobats and theater wrapped into one show.

 Find out more about OVO and this weekends performance!

OVO, meaning “egg” in Portuguese, is coming to the Joe Louis Arena, December 22nd to 25th 2016. Tickets can be purchased here:  Prices start at just $25 for children and $44 for adults.

OVO promises to be a glimpse into a colorful 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 cast is comprised of 55 performing artists from 14 countries specializing in many acrobatic acts. You will witness busy ants, flexible fleas, an amazing silky spider all react to a mysterious egg which represents the enigma and cycles of their lives.  Highlights of the performance include a stunning Flying Act in which a group of scarabs soar high above the stage, from both edges to the middle landing on a platform.

Tickets to this event will certainly be a great holiday gift for your family.

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