A teeming world of insects

Cirque du Soleilreturns to Australia with its critically-acclaimed and family- friendly big top production OVO, described as A teeming world of insects’, with a 2012-2013 national tour that will include Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth.

Since its world premiere in Montreal, Canada in April 2009, OVO has visited more than 15 cities in Canada, United States and Mexico, delighting over 2 million spectators. The Australian tour will be the first time OVO has toured outside North America.

Starting February 10 2012, advance online tickets for OVO will be available exclusively for Cirque Club members. Cirque Club membership is free and registration is quick and simple. Member benefits include advance tickets, special offers and insider information on the world of Cirque du Soleil. To join go to

About the show

OVO, meaning “egg” in Portuguese, 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.

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 is 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.

The cast of OVO is comprised of 55 performing artists from 14 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. This breathtaking act combines many circus disciplines: banquine, Russian swing and swinging chair.

The Creative Team behind the world of OVO is: Artistic Guides Guy Laliberté and Gilles Ste-Croix; Writer, Director and Choreographer Deborah Colker (first female director at Cirque du Soleil); Director of Creation Chantal Tremblay; Set and props Designer Gringo Cardia; Costume Designer Liz Vandal; Composer and Musical Director Berna Ceppas; Lighting Designer Éric Champoux; Sound Designer Jonathan Deans; Acrobatic Equipment and Rigging Designer Fred Gérard; Acrobatic Performance Designer Philippe Aubertin; and Makeup Designer Julie Bégin.

Cirque du Soleil

From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is a major Québec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has 5,000 employees, including more than 1,300 artists from more than 50 different countries.

Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 100 million spectators in 300 cities in over forty countries on six continents. Cirque du Soleil International Headquarters are in Montreal, Canada.


Brisbane - From July 14 2012, Northshore Hamilton

Sydney - From September 13 2012,Showring at The Entertainment Quarter,Moore Park

Adelaide - From December 6 2012

Melbourne - From January 17 2013, Melbourne Docklands

Perth - From April 14 2013, Langley Park

Image Credit: Benoit Fontaine © 2009 Cirque du Soleil Inc.

More OVO Coverage

OVO's Fabulous Costumes - interview with designer Liz Vandal

OVO Ovation - David Spicer interviews Assistant Artistic Director Jennifer Bender

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