Cirque du Soleil returns to Atlanta this fall with insect-centric “OVO”


Later today, the Cirque du Soleil folks will announce plans to bring its latest production to Atlanta this fall. It could well be the Quebec-based arts organization’s trippiest outing yet.

Brace yourself for bugs.

“OVO” will debut under the familiar blue and yellow Big Top at Atlantic Station, starting November 4 for a limited engagement.

In Portuguese, “ovo” means “egg” and the new show directed by Cirque’s first female director Deborah Colker “is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement.”

Of the show’s plot (as much as any Cirque production has a plot, mind you. . .), Intel has been informed that “when a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are awestruck and intensely curious about this iconic object that represents the enigma and cycles of their lives.”

Of the troupe’s return to Atlanta, Cirque rep Marie-Claude Asselin says: “The Atlanta ‘OVO’ visit is indicative of the longstanding love affair between our tours and the city. This love affair started almost 20 years ago with the visit of ‘Nouvelle Experience’ and has been going on since. We also love Atlantic Station, our Midtown home since 2006.”

Tickets for the Atlanta run of “OVO” go on sale Sunday, August 8 via 1-800-450-1480 or the Cirque “OVO” website.

Our outstanding question: In these tough economic times, will Atlantans willingly fork over their fast-disappearing dough to see 54 artists from 16 countries pretend to be bugs for two hours?

Intel, meanwhile, could not immediately confirm whether cans of Raid would be available for purchase at the Cirque merch counter this fall.