Cirque du Soleil’s critically-acclaimed show OVO (“egg” in Portugese) will be making several stops in Japan for a national tour in 2014-2015. The big top production will be making its way to Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka and Sendai as they seek to wow Japanese audiences once more with this new production that has already delighted over 2.5 million people in Canada, United States, Mexico and Australia.
The Quebec-based acrobatic group has been bringing visually pleasing entertainment to audiences around the world since 1984. For this production, which premiered in Montreal, Canada back in 2009, 54 performing artists from 15 countries have come together to tell the story of a colorful ecosystem of insects that were suddenly surprised with the arrival of a mysterious egg. There is even a love story between a “quirky insect” and a “fabulous ladybug”. One of the highlights of the show is a flying act where scarabs “soar high above the stage, from both edges to the middle landing on a platform”. The choreography draws its influences from several circus disciplines like banquine, Russian swing and swinging chair.
In 2008, the Cirque du Soleil Theater opened at the Tokyo Disney Resort, the only venue in the world that was built specifically to showcase their ZED production. It closed in 2011 after attendance dropped off after the earthquake, but other Cirque shows have visited Japan over the years, including the Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour.