At the beginning of this month I had the great pleasure to attend the new Cirque du Soleil show, Ovo, on its opening night in Augusta, Georgia. Earlier that day I was also given the opportunity to go back stage and see up close all of the magic that goes into a Cirque show.
My oldest daughter was home sick, so it was just Claire Cooper and I backstage. First we were escorted to the costume room. Here we were not only able to see all of the costumes, but we also got to meet the lovely woman in charge of every costume you'll see during the show. In the picture below she is showing us the Dragonfly's wing that she was hand sewing. Look closely for another picture of that wing later in this post! (Hint:these wings are actually attached to his legs)
In the costume room we examined the Mosquito's giant clown-like shoes, and the flirty Lady Bug's costume. How do you think Claire Cooper looks in the Lady Bug's outfit? It was so interesting to learn that most of the performers do their own make up, there is an arsenal of professional supplies and products at their disposal, Cirque even has signature colors with MAC cosmetics!
After seeing the costume area we stood back stage for a few minutes watching the acrobats practice their routines. By far my favorite part about the behind-the-scenes experience was the extreme mix of cultures we encountered. In costumes we spoke to women with French and British accents, and while observing the performers heard a mix of what I'm sure was 5-10 other accents and languages including Russian and Chinese. My 5 year old had never been around a group of people this diverse before. I truly think that the melting pot of different cultures and personal backgrounds is one of the greatest attributes to the overall kaleidoscope-vibe of the show.
Next we were ushered into the empty arena to watch the aerial acts practice. During practice the performers wear safety wires- but it is free flying during the real show!
Our backstage experience was so incredible and it left Claire Cooper quite steamed that she wouldn't be attending the show that night. What can I say?? Sometimes Mom and Dad need a date night!
Ovo was actually the first show from Cirque du Soleil that I have even seen. (The hubby had seen them in Vegas) I could not imagine a more entertaining experience, and even though we chose not to bring the kiddos they would have absolutely loved it.
Ants, grasshoppers, spiders, scarabs, moths, and so much more can be seen during the show. I won't give away the adorable storyline but you can expect to witness a tale as old as time...boy meets girl, love, rejection, love again, and a really giant egg!
Ovo is likely traveling to a town near you soon! Check here for all of the upcoming tour dates. It is a can't-miss event!
Hey y'all! I'm Layne, a 30-something Southern Belle trying to navigate this craziness we call life. I'm a wife, mom of 2, and all around hot mess. I'm passionate about mental health, and love everything having to do with fashion. I'm living a super blessed life, and I love sharing it with you.