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Enjoy Cirque de Soleil’s Ovo performance; write a great comment on SaportaReport

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.

Maria Saporta

Maria Saporta, Editor, is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state.  Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, becoming its business columnist in 1991. Maria received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State and her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria was born in Atlanta to European parents and has two young adult children.



  1. ls608 December 26, 2010 12:54 pm

    Hi Maria,

    Thanks for this opportunity! I’ve been a long time reader and have never commented, though I have been touched by many of your articles. Also, as a transit and Beltline proponent, I’ve appreciated your views on and support of those subjects greatly.

    Well, I don’t really have a Cirque story… I have never been, though my boyfriend and I are eager to attend. We’ve never really had the funds for such an extravagant experience, though we’ve been enthralled by the coverage we’ve seen. I’m also a fan of Quebec culture, having grown up hours away and visited several times in the past. Your and Mr. Wolaver’s gift of the Cirque tickets will be a lovely holiday present to some lucky winners! I’m sorry I don’t have more to relate about the Cirque itself. Hopefully… we will soon?

    Wishing you and your readers the best of holidays. 🙂Report

  2. Maria Saporta December 26, 2010 4:42 pm

    What a wonderful email. You make a great case to change the criteria of this little contest. How about folks give me the reason why they should get the tickets.
    So glad you enjoy the website.

  3. Richard Owens December 27, 2010 10:34 am

    Maria — thanks for this ‘event/contest’ to acknowledge this amazing performance. You sister Elena and I were trained in the same profession and I admire creativity in all forms — and the creativity of Cirque is astounding. For years my younger brother raved about Cirque, and I didn’t get it, having not seen it. He attended the event here every year. Finally a family group of us went a year ago, and then I understood. We arrived early enough to see the pre-performance antics, and for the remainder of the show I was challenged to stay alert to not miss anything from this mind expanding experience. This is a remarkable tradition here that still resonates in my memory — and since Is608 hasn’t been, you should offer her the experience. Season’s blessings to you and all of yours.Report

  4. Joeventures December 28, 2010 7:56 am

    My girlfriend and I saw a Cirque performance a couple of years ago. We had an amazing time, from the moment we entered Atlantic Station.

    It all began when we got to Atlantic Station early for dinner. The restaurant was crowded with people, many of whom were also excited to see the show. I remember the experience especially because I ordered the small Chinese salad and they gave me a large Thai salad.

    A threatening set of rain clouds hung in the air all throughout dinner. By the time we finished and headed downstairs to make our way to the tent, the rain began. We reached the bottom floor of the parking deck and the sky was falling.

    There was no sign that the rain was about to let up anytime soon, but we knew we didn’t have a whole lot of time before the show was supposed to start. The wind was fierce enough that it was almost raining sideways.

    We whipped out the small, wimpy umbrella we had with us and fought our way to the tent entrance. Somehow the umbrella managed to stay intact all the way to the end. I don’t think I’ve seen an umbrella fight so valiantly to keep me from getting completely soaked. The umbrella died a hero’s death that evening, but at least my girlfriend and I managed to stay… damp.

    We sat down in our seats. We were not bothered by the leak in the tent above us — but we know for next time to bring a blanket. The show was amazing. Every bit of effort and discomfort it took for us to be there was worth the performance.Report

  5. ls608 January 10, 2011 4:40 pm

    Just wanted to check in and thank you again for the fabulous opportunity- we really enjoyed the show. Having not attended before, we had an idea of what to expect but were actually quite surprised at the incredible extent of creativity, beauty, and danger/daring of the acts performed. We also appreciated the small circus-like atmosphere, which we hadn’t really expected. We had great seats- the upper side is the way to go, you have a great overview and can see the execution of the stunts really well. Favorite acts included the kiwi and corncob tossing and the finale, which was just amazing to watch. This was a wonderful way to wrap up the holidays, and we are so appreciative to be able to attend! Thanks to Maria and to the Cirque as well. 🙂Report

  6. Richard Owens January 14, 2011 11:19 am

    Maria —
    Thank you again so much for the contest award of the Cirque tickets. It is terrific to have them as an annual treat to our City. We were thrilled to be there and the show did not disappoint. It is fun to see the creativity that Cirque brings to each year’s theme. The costuming for Ovo with the insect theme was great fun. At times I cannot understand how the performers begin to do what they do. My favorite part of the show are the fun surprises by select performers/clowns to connect with the audience before the main event. I really enjoyed the intimate feel in that arena that unites the audience with the performers — you really feel like you are a part of what they are doing on stage.
    Thank you dearly and have a terrific year.Report


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