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Wisely returning to a "grand chapiteau" after last season’s stint in the Rose Garden, Cirque du Soleil’s month-long footprint is marked by this fanciful blue and yellow big top on Marine Drive.

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The Master Flipo (Joseph Collard) scales a stylized flower stem to peer out into the crowd as a cricket and flea creep around behind. Playing a professor of sorts, Collard instructs and admonishes the cast, and even ventures out into the audience to wordlessly teach them a hilarious lesson or two.

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The de facto star of the show, a giant egg, is borne in on the back of a "foreigner" centipede (Barthélémy Glumineau), an expressive clown who, upon becoming separated from his beloved egg, spends the rest of the show trying to reunite with it.

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Larger than life, Glumineau yells for his lost egg: "OVO!!!!"

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The Ladybug (Michelle Matlock) is at turns sweet and spicy. Her fellow clown Glumineau pursues her almost as relentlessly as his estranged egg.

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The adorable ants carry their weight in the show with amazing routines where they balance and spin food-like props (and later, each other) on their feet.

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Butterfly Nadine Louis unfurls her cocoon to reveal silken wings.

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Butterflies Svitlana Kashevarova and Dmytro Orel perform an intimate aerial pas de deux.

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Bug spray seems to be an intoxicant to OVO’s characters, who sometimes spray it on purpose and then go a bit cross-eyed. Circular gopher holes in the main stage floor make for surprising entries and exits.

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Firefly Tony Frebourg has a heck of a time nailing his opening night finale, but takes it in stride, keeping the audience on his side.

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Master Flipo Joseph Collard Holds the audience’s attention during one of his many lessons.

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A cricket and a flea lock eyes during a mellower moment.

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Spiderman Li Wei wows on the slackwire.

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As other insects look on, Spiderman (Li Wei) balances on a slackwire.

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Spiderman (Li Wei) balances on the egg—one of the easiest of his many tricks.

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Collard instructs an audience member in the art of seduction, teaching him a sexy dance with which to supposedly woo Collard’s fellow clown. Uproarious antics that engage the audience promote a feeling of spontaneity and involvement.

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Buoyed by trampolines embedded in the stage surface, crickets leap toward the audience.

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A cricket looks on from the foreground as acrobats scale the climbing wall behind in perfectly-synchronized formations.

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The Red Spider scales the troupe’s massive climbing wall—upside-down.

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A cricket shows off not only his flexibility, but a little character-acting.

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At curtain call, an eruption of butterfly-shaped crepe paper confetti flutters from the stage.

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