CIRQUE DU SOLEIL – METRO RADIO ARENA REVIEW

A Review by Karen Sagar

The circus rolled into town this week with the famous Cirque Du Soleil bringing us their latest production named ‘OVO’

Self-described OVO is teeming with life. Insects work, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy in motion. Their home is filled with biodiversity, beauty, action and moments of quiet emotion. The awestruck insects are intensely curious when a mysterious egg appears, representing the enigma and cycles of their lives.

We then see the journey of the fly who brought this egg into the insect world trying to retrieve it whilst a love story ensues.

We headed down to the Metro Arena which was again staging this stage spectacular.

Being the only venue big enough to host this show with a large audience it was apt to have it at Newcastle’s premier Live Entertainment Venue.

The atmosphere was that of excitement from fellow ticket holders, Young and Old attended knowing that this wasn’t your regular Zippos Circus, Cirque Du Soleil if you do not know are one of if not the leading Circus company in the world.

We made our way through security quickly and efficiently after observing the new policy regarding bags and possessions. (I advise just bringing a small bag and your essentials)

Taking our seats and with a great view centre stage slightly elevated we were perfectly positioned to see all. Before the start we saw characters from the show mingling with the audience.

The show commences with a foot juggling display by acrobats dressed in red ant costumes juggling what appears to be large slices of kiwi, their precision timing is outstanding. An amazing display of balance, accuracy and control are fantastic to see and start of one of many ‘Wows’ that I ended up saying throughout the show.

My favourite insect has to be the what I believe was the Caterpillar, dancing in a wonderful, colourful costume to the fabulous music moving just like a slinky. Movement again seamless.

Ovo’s storyline is one that brings laughs to the audience and through moments of participation and humour brought to us from the ladybug played by Neiva Nascimento and Jan Dutler the ‘Foreigner’ Fly gave a great chemistry and cheekiness. Without saying anything we are told everything.

Many acts follow throughout and so without wanting to spoil it for those that haven’t yet seen it I will not say anything more other than this show is just amazing.

Set preparations and swaps are managed in transition and the story is allowed to flow without distraction.

The finale to the show are green crickets performing between a huge backdrop of a rock face and trampolines – tumbles, twists, somersaults and much more continue to dazzle at a fast pace. Leaving you not knowing where to look as there are so many focal points.

What a truly spectacular amazing show, with elements of comedy where you find yourself laughing out loud, to breathtaking acrobatic routines which have you mesmerised, your heart is in your mouth and you are unable to take your eyes off the stage.

When you leave it’s hard to believe what you have actually seen.

This is certainly a “Must See Show “for all of the family, you definitely will not be disappointed.