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Cirque du Soleil kicks off in Australia with Brisbane premiere


Cirque du Soleil is set to return to Australia in just a few weeks with the critically-acclaimed and family-friendly OVO premiering in Brisbane on July 14 offering corporate hospitality packages and unique incentive ideas for groups.

The show, OVO,  has visited more than 15 cities in Canada, United States and Mexico, delighting over 2 million spectators. Brisbane will host the opening of the 2012-2013 OVO Australian tour.


OVO, the latest show by Cirque du Soliel to come to Australia will kick off in Brisbane
Image courtesy of OSA Images

Since its world premiere in 2009, 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 Australian tour is the first time OVO has traveled outside North America, and it’s a mammoth logistical operation. The plan will ensure that the big top, sets and costumes – some 1200 tons of equipment – are pulled down, packed up and shipped to Australia in time for the first performance in Brisbane on Saturday 14 July.

Transport of the equipment takes place over a two month period, which began in early May. Making co-ordination even more complicated is the fact that equipment for the Australian tour is originating from different countries – Canada, the UK and Germany, with the main portion coming from Portland in the United States. Approximately 78 containers will be transported, with all equipment travelling by boat. To ensure Australian Quarantine and Inspection Services requirements are fully met, all the equipment – down to the ‘nails’ that hold the tents down – must be washed before being placed in the containers.

Then there’s the cast and crew. Over 60 bicycles and 410 suitcases will be transported to help make Australia their home for the next year. The cast of OVO features 54 performing artists from 16 countries specializing in many acrobatic acts. One highlight of the show is the stunning Flying Act in which a group of scarab beetles 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.

For more informaiton on the show and ticketing click here. Tour dates and informaiton are as follows:

Brisbane – July 14 to September 2 only – Northshore Hamilton
Sydney – From September 13 2012, Showring at The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park
Adelaide – From December 6 2012, Tambawodli (Park 24)
Melbourne – From January 17 2013, Melbourne Docklands
Perth – From April 14 2013, Langley Park

 

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