Cirque du Soleil is back in Regina with its OVO production.
Cirque du Soleil, Canada’s touring contemporary arts circus, opens its production of OVO at the Brandt Center Thursday night, with shows running all weekend through Sunday.
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“Cirque du Soleil was born in 1984 with a small group of street artists who decided to reinvent the circus,” said Janie Mallet, senior press officer for OVO. “You think about the circus and think about animals, but they really wanted it to be about human possibilities.”
OVO, which means egg in Portuguese, tells the story of the journey of an insect encountering a new colony of insects. Mallet says it’s a show for all ages.
“There’s a love story with a ladybug, it’s about how you adapt to change. It’s a story of friendship, diversity and inclusion and just a beautiful story with a lot of different emotions and comic moments with our clowns.
Behind the scenes of Cirque du Soleil’s Ovo
A large production requires a large team. OVO requires over 100 roving crew members to operate. From acrobats to clowns, from musicians to costume designers, there is no shortage of talent Cirque du Soleil needs to put on its show.
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Catherine Audy is an aerial strap artist in the show, playing the role of a butterfly. She says it’s a must see show and being able to fly during her act is something she loves.
“It’s a very acrobatic show, very colorful, the music is amazing, a kind of Brazilian vibe,” Audy said. “It’s a really good show to forget about your life for two hours and enjoy.”
And if you go behind the scenes, you can even find a bit of Regina at OVO.
Tim Oberthier is an RF technician for Cirque du Soleil and is originally from Regina. After having traveled around the world in recent years, he is finally returning home.
“I burned through my entire roll for the year of free tickets in this town sorting through my entire family,” Oberthier said.
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Oberthier is expecting up to 14 of his closest friends and family at the show. He’s excited to show them what he’s doing and that they appreciate the performance.
“I can’t wait for this and for everyone to experience it first hand.”
Cirque du Soleil’s OVO is in Regina July 21-24. After Regina, they will be in Saskatoon at the SaskTel Center from July 27-31.
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