Special offer to SaportaReport readers — a pair of tickets to the Cirque de Soleil’s Ovo. A pair of tickets will be given to two people who write the best comments at the end of this post. See details below.
Call me a Cirque de Soleil aficionado.
When the first Cirque came to Atlanta in 1991, it was a completely novel experience. My mother, who was then executive director of the Alliance Francaise d’Atlanta, quickly became involved because the French Canadian circus was looking for as many Atlanta friends as possible.
We were invited to the opening show and the post opening night reception when we were able to mingle with all the performers and partake in this new phenomenon of an animal-less circus.
They had transformed a forgotten parking lot on Spring Street into one of the most exciting attractions in town.
Instead, we were able to see mere mortals perform impossible feats, repeatedly amazed at how limber and agile and courageous they were.
Since then, I have been sure to experience Cirque whenever it comes to Atlanta. Just after my father passed away and when my mother was terminally ill, we took her to see the Cirque performance when they were in the Civic Center parking lot.
It was wonderful to see her face light up during the Cirque performance and react with child-like delight when the performers interacted with the audience.
Although I’ve enjoyed every Cirque experience, my favorite (until Ovo) was Alegria. The Latin-flavored music was both magical and mystical, creating the perfect ambiance for the individual acts. I still enjoy listening to the Alegria CD when I want to get in a certain mood.
Ovo, the current Cirque de Soleil show, is equally special. The theme revolves around an egg that has become the treasure for a variety of insects — the stars of the show.
What makes Ovo so special is the highly illustrative costumes and how the performers actually taking on the moves and sounds of the different insects. The grasshoppers are especially animated.
My daughter, Carmen, and I were lucky enough to be invited to a VIP preview of Ovo, and both us became enamored with the characters and trying to figure out the variety of insects that livened up the stage.
Because my son also wanted to see Ovo (both my children have been to all but one of the Cirque’s Atlanta visits), I bought him a couple of tickets. He was nice enough to invite me to go as his guest. So last Sunday, after we had spent a fabulous week in Isla Mujerés, Mexico, David and I went to an afternoon performance of the show.
The circus was just as entertaining the second time. Every performance takes on its own flavor when the circus master brings in audience members to become part of the show. Somehow, Cirque is able to draw out the ham in audience members, to the delight of all of us.
Nicholas Wolaver with Edelman public relations, which is working with the Cirque account, knows how much I enjoy Cirque de Soleil. He made me a generous offer. Would I be interested in giving away a pair of Ovo tickets through my website.
Obviously, you can guess my answer.
Details of the Ovo offer: Readers, please share your favorite Cirque de Soleil story in the comments below. The deadline for the offer will be 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 27. I will select what my two favorite comments and offer the winners a pair of tickets by Tuesday morning. One pair of tickets will be for the 1 p.m. performance on Sunday, Jan 2; and the second pair will be for the 5 p.m. show. The two people who win will have to attend the show (meaning you can’t just win the tickets and then give it to a couple of friends). So let’s get started. I look forward to reading your comments.