Cirque du Soleil's big-top show 'OVO' is coming to Santa Monica
As previews continue in advance of the world premiere of Cirque du Soleil's resident production of "Iris" at the Kodak Theatre, the troupe announced Thursday that it will raise its big-top for the touring show "OVO" at the Santa Monica Pier in January.
Juggling ants, soaring scarabs and a gravity-defying spider are among the fanciful creatures in "OVO," which uses a mix of movement, music and circus arts to tell tales of life and love in the insect world -- as well as what happens when a mysterious giant egg ("ovo" in Portuguese) pops up.
The show, given its premiere in Montreal in 2009, was directed, written and choreographed by Brazilian choreographer Deborah Colker and has a Brazilian-Cirque fusion score by Berna Ceppas.
"OVO" will open its limited engagement Jan. 20. Tickets will go on sale to the public Nov. 13 for dates through Feb. 26.
"Iris" -- Cirque's ode to cinema -- opens Sept. 25 at the Kodak in Hollywood.
-- Karen Wada
Photo: A scene from "OVO." Credit: Benoit Fontaine / Cirque du Soleil