Upon entering New York City whether for a weekend getaway or on a business trip, and you should find yourself on the FDR Drive roughly in the vicinity of East 116th street, you will notice a spectacular, super-size, yellow and blue striped structure across the waterway.
On April 9, 2010, the huge colorful tents were raised along with the excitement for the return of one the most exciting contemporary events: “Cirque du Soleil”.
Here on limited engagement until June 6th, the climate-controlled interior offers guests exceptional comfort with the scent of blossoming flowers.
Located on an extraordinary site, east of the city’s main river channel, it was once called “Minnahanonck” by America’s indigenous Algonquian speaking Wappingers, a Lenape people.
In 1784 it was named after Jonathan Randel. Randall’s island is now the permanent home of “Cirque du Soleil” hosting its latest production “OVO” under “Le Grand Chapiteau”.
OVO is the newest addition to its collection of superb performances, full of exultation and “joie de vivre”.
A team of brilliant artists led the gutsy production, Writer, Director and Choreographer, Deborah Colker (who became the first Brazilian artist to receive the Lawrence Oliver Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance in 2001 for her work “MIX”), heads the team. In 2002, she was invited by the Komische Opera in Berlin to choreograph an original work, “Casa and Ela”. In 2006 she continued on to create Maracana for the Culture Factory of Kampnagel in Hamburg. Today, OVO expands this amazing choreographer’s reputation by expressing her style and her established trademark of “diversity and unrest”
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