The Foreigner and The Ladybug
Attending Cirque du Soleil has become a family favorite, especially here in El Paso. In their honor, a mural was created and presented Tuesday in downtown El Paso. The bugs were even spotted at the El Paso Public Library downtown a couple of days ago! I’m not a fan of bugs but…the “Ovo” bugs are an exception! Many “Ovo” bugs are extremely colorful, athletic and funny!
I had the opportunity to attend Cirque Du Soleil’s “Ovo” Wednesday evening at the University of Texas-El Paso (UTEP). Ovo means egg in Portuguese. I’ve been to other Cirque Du Soleils but “Ovo” seemed to have me clapping and dancing along to the beats the most. The soundtrack has a lot of percussion, samba and bossa nova tunes in it. How could I not dance to their short rendition of “La Cucaracha?” “Ovo” can sort of be described as a colorful and fun Brazilian carnival. Although there’s several ants, crickets, dragonflies, spiders and other bugs performing tricks and circus acts, “Ovo” centers around three main characters. The main characters are The Ladybug, The Foreigner and Master Flipo. The Ladybug and The Foreigner, a funny looking blue fly, eventually become a cute couple who like to flirt and interact with the audience. The Foreigner is responsible for bringing a large, mysterious Ovo to the bug community. The egg represents life and its cycle. Master Flipo is the chief of the bug world. He also likes to interact and entertain the crowd. I’d describe him as a green masked, purple and pink cockroach. Him and The Foreigner even picked a female audience member to go on stage. They dressed her up in wings and a Ladybug-type helmet. The audience member looked like she was having a good time dancing and joking around with them! The Ladybug also flirted with an audience member. Although it’s hard to say which act was my favorite, I’d have to go with the ants foot juggling big, round kiwis in the beginning. I also enjoyed the cricket act, which includes them jumping on walls and trampolines through green streaks of lights. I also can’t forget the Creatura character. Creatura is an odd looking insect who’s also part slinky. He dances to his own tune in life. “Ovo” will be in El Paso through Sunday. Tickets can be purchased here. After El Paso, the traveling Canadian circus will perform in cities around the U.S. and Europe through December.
Disclaimer: Although I was given tickets to the show, it did not guarantee a positive review. My truthful opinion is reflected in this review.