Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Breathtaking Doesn't Describe It; Cirque Du Soleil Had Rob Black Riveted with Amazing Acrobatic Feats, Loud Music and Energetic Vibe

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Breathtaking Doesn't Describe It; Cirque Du Soleil Had Rob Black Riveted with Amazing Acrobatic Feats, Loud Music and Energetic Vibe

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THE performances, the sheer athleticism, the precision, the spectacle, the colour, the music Co the fun; Cirque du Soleil is too good, too hard to describe in words Co but I'll give it a go.

Breathtaking is overused when describing views and performances, but OVO, the Cirque du Soleil's take on the insect world currently playing under the big Co make that huge Co top at Hamilton in Brisbane truly does draw gasps.

Cirque du Soleil, or circus of the sun, first began as a small troupe of circus artists and acrobats and performers (with no animal acts) in the province of Quebec in 1984 to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the discovery of Canada.

A small travelling troupe of 73, including performers, backstage workers, drivers and roustabouts, has developed into a worldwide phenomenon employing 5000, including more than 1400 artists.

Several incarnations of Cirque du Soleil are travelling and performing in countries all over the world at any given time, and two such shows have been to capital cities in Australia before, but since its inception in 2009 it is the first time OVO has been Downunder.

OVO means egg in Portuguese and plays a major symbol and theme during the simply amazing show. …

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