Cirque is back in town

  • Article by: BILL WARD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 27, 2011 - 6:53 PM

We went behind the scenes of the latest Cirque du Soleil production, "Ovo," which asks its performers to look and act like bugs.

The tent is up, raised in a mere 4 minutes. The 120 pairs of shoes used in each performance are resoled and rebuilt, the 54 costumes repainted and restitched. The kiwi, corncob and eggplant props, which double as bongos and tambourines, have been touched up and buffed. That can mean only one thing: It's showtime, folks. "Ovo," Cirque du Soleil's 25th show, has launched in a parking lot north of the Mall of America in Bloomington. On Wednesday, performers scurried around, not unlike the insects and arachnids they portray. This is, after all, the first Cirque production with no human characters, so "54 artists have to learn to not move like human beings," artistic director Marjon van Grunsven said. Now comes the easy part: the actual performances.

 

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