The Awesome Performance & Character Design in Ovo
Evokes Memories of Awe from Dark Crystal Experience
|Ovo - Cricket Costume|
It seems Cirque du Soleil needed a new excuse to allow their talented performers to show off, and they hit the mark really well. All the designs meshed as an integrated world: the sets, the costumes, the choreography, music...somehow the entire event appeared as one place. Designing costumes that not only look insectan, but allow performers to perform athletic feats without distraction had to be challenging for designer Liz Vandal.
Was there a story? Not really...though it wasn't needed. The performance was entirely eye-candy. Was there conflict? Almost no conflict existed in the storyline, with some minor comedy coming from the Foreigner character trying to woo the Ladybug (of course, there was the ever present man-vs-nature conflict with the contortionists, acrobats, etc. continually snubbing their noses at gravity and muscle contractions). Except for a few moments that I cannot explain....
A Fleeting Battle Brought Mysterious Conflict!
Mysterious walking sticks brought tension to the stage. These stilt walking bad guys tried to approach the Foreigner, but the Ladybug fought them off. Were these Walking Sticks? Or Jim Hensen's Landstriders? I cannot identify these creatures by name since they were not represented in the program or online (by deduction, they were not "fleas", "roaches", or"mosquitoes"). I share a snapshot of the Official OVO Program booklet since I was unable to locate an image online to reference. To highlight the Walking Sticks I desaturated the surrounding set (below image).
Dark Crystal Sequel Brewing
|Dark Crystal Skeksis|