BritishTheatre

Published on

January 13, 2018

REVIEW: Cirque Du Soleil OVO, Royal Albert Hall ✭✭✭✭✭

By

douglasmayo

Douglas Mayo is dazzled by OVO by Cirque Du Soleil at the Royal Albert Hall as once again this talented company make it all look so easy.

Cirque Du Soleil Ovo Review

Cirque Du Soleil OVO

Royal Albert Hall

5 Stars

Book Now

I look forward each and every year to Cirque Du Soleil's residency at the Royal Albert Hall. Year after year some of the world's finest circus acts combine with the artistic brilliance of Cirque Du Soleil to reawaken my sense of childish wonder as these incredible performers pull off the seemingly impossible. This year Cirque Du Soleil brings OVO to London. OVO (from the egg) takes the audience into a world full of insects, bugs and all manner of creepy crawlies.

Cirque du Soleil OVO review

OVO's acts include a remarkable mini army of red ants doing equally remarkable and seemingly impossible tricks with slices of kiwifruit and chunks of mini corn cobbettes, Kyle Cragle's Dragonfly hand-balancing with incredible dexterity, Majorie Nantel's aerial silk contortion bringing the emergence of a butterfly from its cocoon to life, Catherine Audy and Alexis Trudel's Buterflies effortlessly flying around the auditorium on duo straps, Sergyi Rysenko's Creatura confounding the mind as his part insect - part slinky moves and slithers around the stage with ease, and concluding act one a troop of Russian acrobats performing the Russian Cradle truly bringing to mind the lyric of that old song "They fly through the air with the greatest of ease", except here there are no trapeze bars, artists are flung by sheer human force!

Cirque Du Soleil OVO Royal Albert Hall

Act Two sees Ariunsanaa Bataa, Alanna Baker and Majorie Nantel's Spider's controtions dazzle, Tony Frebourg's Firefly sends spinning spools high into the air in impossible numbers, whilst a team of global crickets bounce up and down a large climbing wall making gravity look irrelevant.

OVO Cirque Du Soleil

For me though, Jiangming Qui's Male Spider on the slackwire was an absolute highlight of OVO. His effortless handling of this notoriously difficult piece of apparatus was a jaw-dropping part of yet another wonderful Cirque show.

The wonderous acts aside, every year I look forward to entering into the Royal Albert Hall to see just what Cirque's engineers will have installed into the air above the performing space. When you go to a Cirque show look up in wonderment and try to imagine just what work must go into figuring out what goes where. The sheer physical exertion of some of these acts is incredible and yet this rig of black truss, lighting, sound and equipment copes with it all. Incredible!

The only problem with OVO by Cirque Du Soleil is that it all looks so easy. So talented and skilled are these performers that it looks effortless. Don't be fooled though its not!

BOOK TICKETS FOR CIRQUE DU SOLEIL OVO

ABOUT BRITISHTHEATRE

BritishTheatre.com
Opening Night Media Ltd
3rd Floor, 80 St. Martin’s Lane
Covent Garden
London WC2N 4AA

The British Theatre website has been established to celebrate the rich and diverse theatrical culture of the United Kingdom.  Our ethos revolves around encouraging and nurturing the performing arts in all its forms. The spirit of theatre is very much alive and the British Theatre website is at the forefront of delivering news and information to audiences and enthusiasts everywhere. Our team of theatre journalists and reviewers are working hard to cover productions and news.


We are constantly developing the site and are always open to receiving feedback from our readers. Join our mailing list to be kept informed of all the latest news that is of interest to you..

ABOUT BRITISHTHEATRE

BritishTheatre.com
Opening Night Media Ltd
3rd Floor, 80 St. Martin’s Lane
Covent Garden
London WC2N 4AA

The British Theatre website has been established to celebrate the rich and diverse theatrical culture of the United Kingdom.  Our ethos revolves around encouraging and nurturing the performing arts in all its forms. The spirit of theatre is very much alive and the British Theatre website is at the forefront of delivering news and information to audiences and enthusiasts everywhere. Our team of theatre journalists and reviewers are working hard to cover productions and news.


We are constantly developing the site and are always open to receiving feedback from our readers. Join our mailing list to be kept informed of all the latest news that is of interest to you..