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Where The Wild Things Are

Cirque du Soleil sets up its big top in Toronto for a performance that brings the microscopic world of insects to majestic life.

Performers in Cirque du Soleil's <em>Ovo</em>.SEPTEMBER 3 TO OCTOBER 18 The world at our feet, the very terrain teeming with creepy crawlies that give most of us the heebie jeebies, explodes with excitement and colour in Ovo, the latest touring production from Cirque du Soleil. The presence of an unhatched egg—ovo in Portuguese—signifies the hidden life of caterpillars, spiders, crickets, ladybugs and butterflies at work and at play, flying and crawling about their daily lives. Much like life in the domain of humans, it’s filled with joy and sadness, love and heartbreak, chaos and reflection.Rhythmic Brazilian beats—think samba, forró, carimba and Brazilian funk—electrify the arena as 53 circus artists contort their bodies into unimaginable positions, juggle objects including one another—swing from a trapeze and walk across a tightrope.

Two spectacular highlights that might just bring down the big top: the flying trapeze act features six high-flyers soaring 14 metres in the air, while the wall act sees 20 performers simultaneously running, jumping and leaping straight up an eight-metre wall. With these and other spectacular stunts, Cirque du Soleil’s 25th show in its 25th-anniversary year envisions the natural world in the company’s immutable style. It’s a unique lesson on the circle of life, combinging science with a dash of surreality.

The Grand Chapiteau at the Port Lands on Cherry Street. Tuesday to Saturday 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 4 p.m., Sunday 1 and 5 p.m., adults $65 to $130, for kids age two to 12 $45.50 to $91; call 1-800-450-1480 over click here to purchase tickets.

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