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Let the love bug take its bite

February 11, 2017 • Vistas

Three of the main characters of “OVO ” (Photos courtesy
of Cirque du Soleil).

Cirque du Soleil to feature love story based on colorful, acrobatic insect characters

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RIO RANCHO — With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, last-minute shoppers may find themselves in need of inspiring gift ideas. Tickets to Cirque du Soleil’s “OVO” make for an affordable last-minute gift for your “love bug.”

The world-renowned Cirque du Soleil returns to Rio Rancho in March with “OVO,” its newest touring show. The production will be presented at Santa Ana Star Center, 3001 Civic Center Circle NE, for seven performances from March 1-5 as part of a global tour in arenas around North America.

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An acrobatic flea.

“OVO” is a love story that takes place in the insect world, when a mysterious egg appears in the colorful ecosystem. 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.

“OVO” is overflowing with contrasts. The hidden, secret world at our feet is revealed as tender and torrid, noisy and quiet, peaceful and chaotic. And as the sun rises on a bright new day, the vibrant cycle of insect life begins anew.

Set designer Gringo Cardia drew inspiration from the structures that certain species of insects create when they establish nests and colonies. Props include an enormous 30-foot mechanical flower that appears on stage. Part sculpture, part puppet, part robot, it is seen from the insects’ point of view as a towering, inspiring feature of their environment.

“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 nonstop 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.

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Contortionist spiders.

The production is filled with Cirque du Soleil’s world-renowned acrobatic acts and stunning high-flying performances well above the stage.

The cast of “OVO” is comprised of 50 performing artists from 12 countries specializing in many acrobatic acts. One highlight of “OVO” is the stunning flying act in which a group of scarabs soar high above the stage, from both edges to the middle, landing on a platform.

From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is now a major Quebec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has close to 4,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from close to 50 different countries. Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 155 million spectators in more than 300 cities in over 40 countries on six continents.

Ticket prices for adults begin at $30 (subject to change). Tickets are $25 for children. Senior, military, student discounts and family four-packs are available. Tickets can be purchased at the Santa Ana Star Center box office at santaanastarcenter.com.

For more information about “OVO” and other Cirque de Soleil productions, visit cirquedusoleil.com.

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