Cirque: O

2014 Cirque: O

Sure, you may have seen a Cirque du Soleil show, but the bigger question is have you seen Cirque du Soleil's O?

Inspired by the concept of infinity and by the pure form of the letter O, the title of this production is also a phonetic representation of the French word for water, the element embodied by this show. With an international cast performing in, on and above water, Cirque du Soleil's O tells the tale of theatre through the ages and frees us to lose ourselves in a world without limits.

With an international cast of 81 artists, performing in, on and above water, Cirque du Soleil's O tells the tale of theatre through the ages and frees us to lose ourselves in a world without limits. Join Eugen, an ageless theatre guardian and Guifa, his eager, yet unsuspecting visitor, as they embark on a 90-minute voyage where dreams are not only encouraged, they come true.

An array of awe-inspiring images celebrates the vitality of the human spirit. Among these images are the visually stunning duo trapeze, world-class divers and daring displays of highly specialized aerial acrobatics. The innovative "Barge" number, performed by eight women from the Ukraine and Russia, intrigues with a unique interpretation of traditional circus art and dramatic choreography. A spectacular visual treat, the fire sequence provides contrast to the ever-present element of water. The journey continues to the chaotic cadre number and through the poetic prowess of contortion. O features a team of synchronized swimmers, who, under the direction of Canadian gold-medallist Sylvie Frechette, bring an entirely original approach to the sport and to the theatre. The entire performance is narrated by the international melodies of a 10-piece orchestra.

Cirque du Soleil's first venture into aquatic theatre has been seen by more than 2 million spectators and has earned the acclaim of journalists from around the world. The Chicago Tribune says, "...as spectacular and inventive a live show as you're likely to find anywhere in the world right now..." while the Las Vegas Review-Journal recently honored O as the best production show for the second year in a row.

O is a spectacular feat of imagination and engineering. The 1.5 million-gallon pool is 25 feet deep and measures 150-by-100 feet. Three years of intense study and testing have resulted in a one-of-a-kind aquatic environment. The classical proscenium style of the Bellagio Theatre is another Cirque du Soleil first, with tiered orchestra seating, side galleries on two levels and a balcony.

The show reunites many of Cirque du Soleil's acclaimed creators from previous productions, including Franco Dragone, director of creation Gilles Ste-Croix, set designer Michel Crete, costume designer Dominique Lemieux, composer Benoit Jutras, choreographer Debra Brown, lighting designer Luc Lafortune, and sound designers Jonathan Deans and Francois Bergeron.


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