After the longest dry spell in May and June in 11 years in these parts of Windsor and Essex County, I was surprised to experience such a massive insect infestation Wednesday night at the WFCU Center for the opening night performance of Cirque du Soleil’s most recent offering, Ovo.
But these weren’t those pesky and annoying aerial flies, mosquitoes, fireflies, cockroaches, spiders and those creepy crawling ants, beetles, crickets and fleas we’re so used to in damp and humid conditions. Quite the contrary. Ovo vermin were delightfully lovable creatures entertaining the thousands of enthusiastic patrons mesmerized by their antics.
In Windsor at the WFCU Centre for six performances – including a special ‘preview performance’ on Canada Day at the Riverfront Festival Stage after the Canada Day Parade – Ovo will thrill everyone – young and old.
I can now count myself among the 90 million who have seen a Cirque due Soleil performance worldwide. My only regret is that it’s taken me this long to see the amazing talents, music, choreography, vibrant costumes and sets, and unrivaled physicality of its performers. As the world’s largest theatrical performance company based in Montréal, Québec, it certainly makes me proud to know as we approach Canada Day that Cirque du Soleil is a thoroughly Canadian experience. This will not be my last Cirque du Soleil performance.
This nearly two-hour experience brings you deep within the imaginary forest and the deep grasses of the WFCU ecosystem. Complete with their trademark thrilling aerial maneuvers, juggling routines and trampoline propulsion, the characters skilfully weave webs of laughter and humor into their routines – including a touching romance between a visiting fly and ladybug. And don’t worry if you think you’re not hearing the performers strange sounding conversations – it’s all insect talk anyway.
Though I found it difficult to choose a favorite routine from among all their routines – they all were so excellent – my favourite had to be the manic, frenetic, and thrilling wall climbing crickets. Propelling themselves from air mats and trampolines on the stage, this swarm of crickets crisscrossed, catapulted, and hung on for dear life to a 50 foot mountain wall. I was literally out of breath watching their amazing maneuvers.
Ovo, with its large speckled egg symbolizing the cycle of life, will carry you away into an imaginary, magical and mystical journey.
Enjoy the trip….
Photos by Joe McParland – Biz X magazine