Cirque du Soleil's 'Ovo' comes to Atlanta

Photo by Kristen Ralph

Photo by Kristen Ralph

The stage will be teeming with insects -- crickets springing lithely into the air, spiders flowing gracefully over a web, ants playfully juggling their food.

The Cirque du Soleil show "Ovo" is an experience unlike any other in which audiences are thrust into the colorful and energetic domain of insects. A cast of talented performers become larger-than-life fleas, butterflies, scarabs and other bugs in a show that imitates the insect world while highlighting the circus arts for which the Canadian entertainment company Cirque du Soleil is famous.

The 54 performers who bring "Ovo" to life combine elements of dance, acrobatics, juggling, aerial flying and more in feats of agility, strength and balance.

"The artists really own their role on stage and it has become very, very full in that sense, very energetic, very fun," said artistic director Marjon Van Grunsven.

The show follows an insect community over the course of a day, one in which a strange bug arrives carrying a large egg on his back -- the word ovo is Portuguese for egg. Some of the insects react to this new presence with curiosity, others with hostility.

"What's the greatest about (this show) is that even though you have acrobatic acts that are perhaps also happening in other Cirque du Soleil shows, here they are performed as insects, which is really fun to watch," Van Grunsven said. "It's very adventurous and when you come and see this show you will just be overwhelmed by the color of it because all the costumes are so colorful and the music is Brazilian, which is very uplifting and the acrobatic acts are absolutely amazing, absolutely amazing."

"Ovo" opened under the Grand Chapiteau at Atlantic Station on Thursday and will run through Jan. 2. Performances are held at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 4 and 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 1 and 5 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $35 to $225. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 1-800-450-1480 or www.cirquedusoleil.com.