by Janet Jonus photos courtesy of Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil returns to Pittsburgh to warm up a cold January with their incredible feats of athleticism and skill in OVO.
OVO explores the “world under our feet” in a playful, thrilling immersion into the world of insects. Cirque du Soleil, the theatrical acrobatic production company from Montreal Canada is bringing their latest show to the PPG Paints Arena January 23rd through the 26th for six shows.
OVO celebrates life, birth, and regeneration when an egg falls into the lives of the insects who live all around us. The egg affects all of the insects, as it represents the cycle of their own lives.
Costume designer Liz Vandal loved insects as a child. “When I was just a kid I put rocks down around the yard near the fruit trees,” she remembers. “And I lifted them regularly to watch the insects who had taken up residence underneath them. I petted caterpillars and let butterflies into the house. So when I learned that OVO was inspired by insects, I immediately knew that I was in a perfect position to pay tribute to this majestic world …”
OVO features fifty-two performing artists from fourteen countries in ten incredible acts. The Ants spend their day collecting, and playing with their food in a finely-tuned foot-juggling/Icarian act. (See the photo above.) Three fleas combine elements of athleticism and agility in a dance and balancing act. The Caterpillar cocoons herself in aerial silk as she transforms into the Butterfly. A Firefly spins four glowing diablos in the air. A Spider weaves a web of beauty and intrigue. The Scarabs fly through the air on the Russian Cradle. (See the photo below.)
The audience favorite Spider/Slackwire act is an astounding performance that defies gravity. (See the photo below.)
The show closes with twelve crickets jumping up, over, through, and around The Wall.
Cirque du Soleil will amaze you with an evening of entertainment for the entire family.
OVO makes its Pittsburgh debut at the PPG Paints Arena on January 23rd. There are performances on January 23rd at 730PM, January 24th at 730PM, January 25th at 400 & 730PM, and Janaury 26th at 130 & 500PM. Ticket prices start at $35 for adults and $24.50 for children. There is a discount for a Family Pack of tickets. The Holiday Sale also has show discounts through January 2nd.
Premium Packages are available too. The Meet the Bugs Package includes a Meet and Greet with one of the show’s artists. The package starts at $175.00 per person. The Producer Seats Package feature the very best seats, next to the stage starting at $155.00 per person.
To buy tickets: https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/usa/pittsburgh/ovo/buy-tickets
Wheelchair and Semi-Mobile Seating is available online starting at $65.00. ADA information and services can be found at Guest Services on the Main Concourse near Section 104 (First Aid is located here as well). For ADA information: http://www.ppgpaintsarena.com/events/adaseating
OVO is two hours and twenty minutes long with a 20 minute intermission.
The PPG Arena is located at 1001 Fifth avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15219. The Arena has Parking lots nearby. Parking Passes can be purchased as an add-on with ticket purchases. There are numerous private lots plus metered street parking nearby. For more parking information: https://spothero.com/pittsburgh/ppg-paints-arena-parking?sha_affiliate=PENGUINS
Port Authority has numerous bus stops near the Arena on the 61A,B,C,&D routes and the 71A,C,&D routes along Fifth avenue and Forbes Avenue and the 81, 81B, & 83 routes on Centre Avenue. The closest “T” stop is the Steel Plaza Station which is about one half mile away. For more information: http://www.ppgpaintsarena.com/plan_your_visit/public_transportation
OVO at Cirque du Soleil: https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/ovo