Cirque du Soleil extends D.C. run of 'Ovo'

Watch scenes from "Ovo," Cirque Du Soleil's latest show which opens Sept. 9 and runs through Oct. 24 at National Harbor. The show is a stunning sensory immersion into the colorful world of insects.
Monday, August 9, 2010

Cirque du Soleil, the touring French Canadian circus, has extended the Washington area run of its show "Ovo."

The production was originally slated for Sept. 9-Oct. 5 but has been extended by 24 performances and will now end Oct. 24. Tickets for the added shows went on sale Sunday. Cirque du Soleil productions are sometimes extended based on audience demand, and the company's scheduling accounts for the possibility.

"The show is being very well received across the country," said Aba Bonney Kwawu, who manages Cirque's public relations for local performances. "Some of the feedback we are receiving is that 'Ovo' has been family friendly."

Kwawu said Cirque du Soleil traditionally does well in the Washington area. "Kooza," its previous production to play here, was also extended.

Tickets are still available for the initial Sept. 9-Oct. 5 run; prices range from $55 to $255 for adults and $38.50 to $178.50 for children. Performances will be held at National Harbor.

"Ovo" tells the tale of a roaming fly who wanders into an insect colony with a massive egg strapped to his back. The fly instantly becomes smitten by a coquettish lady bug. While he woos her, the colony steals the egg. Afterward, the fly pleads for its return. The show combines circus acrobatics with music and dance and lavish, colorful costumes.

"Ovo" has been touring since May 2009. It is currently in Boston, where it was extended by 18 shows. After the Washington run, Cirque du Soleil will decamp for Atlanta.

-- Timothy R. Smith

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