Think about a stunning and colourful earth dominated by frolicking insects that execute superb feats to infectious Brazilian tunes. This is OVO, the Cirque du Soleil tale of a mysterious egg that fosters a romance between a ladybug and a grasshopper.
Once within the Grand Chapiteau (Large Top rated), the audience is refreshed by the aroma of grass sprinkled with dewdrops. Ahead of them is an energetic culture of colorful bugs displaying astonishing agility. Fleas, ants, butterflies, fireflies, scarab beetles, dragonflies, crickets, spiders and caterpillar vie for attention as they flit, soar, crawl, harmony and defy gravity.
The insect colonies are comprised of 54 athletes and gymnasts from 16 nations, numerous of them Olympians, all champions in their unique disciplines. They are supervised by artistic director Marjon Van Grunsven and trained by head coach Alexandre Sasha Pikhienko.
Van Grunsven formulated the movements agent of an ecosystem. A professional dancer, teacher, choreographer, Pilates instructor and founder of her individual dance troupe, she has worked in this state and abroad. Before becoming a member of the OVO group, she was creative director of “Delirium” which shut in 2008.
She remembers that the first time she achieved the picked out artists, there was a large amount of talking, sharing and exchanging views. Following it was determined how every insect would work, her occupation was to delegate jobs to the gymnasts, contortionists and trapeze and trampoline artists to decide how their tips could have been achieved.
Even though the demonstrate is about motion, not dance, their insect-like actions are very significantly a fusion of the bossa nova, samba and other Brazilian music designs. To produce each and every regimen, the composer (Berna Ceppas) labored with the performers and made audio to support a particular trick. Together with him, numerous Brazilian contractors had been on hand accomplishing set layout and lights. All of them are incredibly passionate about like and everyday living and this enthusiasm translated to the entire corporation.
Sasha Pikhienko joined the Moscow Circus at 17 as a gymnast, to the satisfaction of his father, an engineer, and his accountant mom. His love of sporting activities and the circus was inherited by his daughter Olga, his partner in “Clown and Lady,” a 1992 gold-medal winning act at Pageant Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris. Olga is now a member of “Quidam,” the Cirque du Soleil exhibit at this time touring South The us.
Right after profitable a silver medal at Beijing's Planet Pageant of 1993, Pikhienko toured with Ringling Brothers ahead of retiring and opening a health and fitness center in New Orleans. But he could not resist returning to a circus setting in 2000 when Cirque du Soleil named him head mentor of “Varekai,” followed by “Mystere” and now OVO.
His position is to instruct the artists how to stay clear of harm via an personal prepare. This is a personal issue and their individual obligation. Since all are dependable for ten shows weekly, these requires hrs of day by day rehearsal and conditioning that incorporate balance, coordination, upper overall body power and reduced human body energy. Pikhienko points out that the athletes under no circumstances stay on the exact same degree, but continually mature. Even though some are a little much better than the other folks, all are on a extremely high stage managed with correct physical fitness education.
Van Grunsven emphasizes that the non-stop demonstrate thrills all ages, from the really younger to excellent-grandparents. The present that began as the innovative workforce's newborn, has matured to a masterpiece in physique motion by artists who have grown technically and remain fresh via demanding education.
By the time the scent of flowers fills the massive best, the significant finale begins, and the artists ascend the vertical wall with only crew coordination and particular electric power to lift them, the viewers is influenced to leap up and dance to the audio.