Cirque du Soleil unveils OVO - A teeming world of insects



    
                   written and directed by Deborah Colker

      Under the blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau on the Quays of the Old Port
    

    MONTREAL, April 7 /CNW Telbec/ - The latest Cirque du Soleil touring show
presented by Desjardins Group, OVO, will have its world premiere under the
Grand Chapiteau on the Quays of the Old Port of Montreal on May 8, 2009. OVO
is the 25th Cirque du Soleil production in 25 years and is. Preview
performances will run from April 23 to May 7.

    The name

    The name OVO means "egg" in Portuguese. This timeless symbol of the life
cycle and birth of numerous insects represents the underlying thread of the
show. Graphically, OVO hides an insect in its name: The two letter "Os"
represent the eyes while the letter "V" forms the nose.

    About OVO

    OVO is a headlong rush 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 insects' home is a world of biodiversity and
beauty filled with noisy action and moments of quiet emotion.
    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.
    It's love at first sight when a gawky, quirky insect arrives in this
bustling community and a fabulous ladybug catches his eye - and the feeling is
mutual.
    OVO is overflowing with contrasts. The hidden, secret world at our feet
is revealed as tender and torrid, noisy and quiet, peaceful and chaotic. And
as the sun rises on a bright new day the vibrant cycle of insect life begins
anew.

    Cast and acts

    The cast of OVO comprises 53 performing artists from 13 countries and
director Deborah Colker, a renowned choreographer, has integrated dance
movements into many of the numbers in the show.
    OVO features many acrobatic acts including a stunning flying trapeze act:
Six flyers fly as high as 14m, making this act the biggest of its kind ever
presented under a Grand Chapiteau by Cirque du Soleil. This act is the most
difficult in the world to execute in terms of the distance between stations.
It combines many circus disciplines: banquine, Russian swing and swinging
chair. The finale features 20 artists running, jumping and leaping straight up
an 8m vertical wall.

    
    The creators

    Most of OVO's 10 creators are working in that capacity for the first time
    at Cirque du Soleil:

    Guy Laliberté      Artistic Guide
    Gilles Ste-Croix   Artistic Guide
    Deborah Colker     Writer, Director and Choreographer
    Chantal Tremblay   Director of Creation
    Gringo Cardia      Set and Props Designer
    Liz Vandal         Costume Designer
    Berna Ceppas       Composer and Musical Director
    Eric Champoux      Lighting Designer
    Jonathan Deans     Sound Designer
    Fred Gérard        Acrobatic Equipment and Rigging Designer
    Philippe Aubertin  Acrobatic Performance Designer
    Julie Bégin        Makeup Designer
    

    North American Tour

    Following the Montreal run, the tour will travel to Quebec City and
Toronto before touring the USA.
    Cirque du Soleil is adding a week of final performances from July 15 to
19. Tickets for these performances are on pre-sale to Cirque Club members
starting today. As of Saturday, April 11 at 9:00 a.m. tickets for these nine
shows will be available online at www.cirquedusoleil.com.

    Sponsors and partners

    Desjardins Group is the presenting sponsor of the 2009 Canadian tour of
OVO. CGI, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts and Infiniti are the official sponsors.
    The media partners of OVO in Montreal are Radio-Canada , Rythme FM,
Virgin Radio and CTV.

    Cirque du Soleil

    Cirque du Soleil is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2009. From a
group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque is now a major
Quebec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The
company has more than 4,000 employees from over 40 different countries,
including 1,000 performing artists.
    Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to almost 90 million
spectators in over 200 cities on five continents. In 2009, Cirque du Soleil
will present 20 shows simultaneously throughout the world. The company has
received such prestigious awards as the Emmy, Drama Desk, Bambi, ACE, Gémeaux,
Félix and the Rose d'Or de Montreux. Cirque du Soleil's International
Headquarters are in Montreal, Canada.
    For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit
www.cirquedusoleil.com.
    To find out more about the One Drop Foundation, visit www.onedrop.org.




For further information:

For further information: Isabelle Longtin, Roy & Turner Communications,
(514) 844-9678, ilongtin@roy-turner.com

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