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OVO TO PERFORM AT THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE FOR THE HELPMANN AWARDS

Saturday, August 25, 2012
OVO


OVO
A teeming world of insects


PREMIERES IN SYDNEY SEPTEMBER 13, 2012 FOR A LIMITED ENGAGEMENT
under the trademark blue-and-yellow Big Top
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Jon Nicholls, Executive Producer, 2012 Helpmann Awards® Ceremony announced today that Cirque du Soleil will perform at the annual awards ceremony to be presented at the Sydney Opera House on Monday September 24, 2012.

A unique Cirque du Soleil performance is being put together for the 2012 Helpmann Awards® ceremony which will feature several of the stunning acts from the show OVO™ with more than 20 of its artists and musicians participating.  This will be the first time that Cirque du Soleil  has ever performed at the Sydney Opera House.

Artistic Director of OVO, Marjon van Grunsven said, “We are very excited to be a part of this celebration of the Australian performing arts industry.  Cirque du Soleil has been regularly coming to Australia since 1999 and our shows around the world have included many talented Australian artists and we treasure our ongoing strong relationship with the Australian arts community.”

Cirque du Soleil is currently touring Australia under its trademark blue-and-yellow big top with its critically-acclaimed and family-friendly production OVO.  Directed by the renowned Brazilian choreographer Deborah Colker, OVO  features 54 performing artists from 16 countries, and takes the audience into the a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. 

OVO by Cirque du Soleil premieres in Sydney on September 13, 2012, at The Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park.

The Helpmann Awards® are the pinnacle industry event for Australia's live performance industry, recognising the very best in live performances. Jon Nicholls said “I am delighted that such a brilliant company as Cirque du Soleil has agreed to join the plethora of extraordinary talent appearing on this year’s Helpmann Awards® Celebration.”

This year Simon Burke, acclaimed actor and writer, will MC the Awards Ceremony.

The Helpmann Awards® will be broadcast exclusively the following night on Australia’s arts and entertainment channel STUDIOchannel 132 on Foxtel.  See the full ceremony recorded live on Tuesday 25 September at 8.30pm.

Cirque du Soleil
From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is a major Québec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has 5,000 employees, including more than 1,300 artists from more than 50 different countries. Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 100 million spectators in 300 cities in over forty countries on six continents. Cirque du Soleil International Headquarters are in Montreal, Canada. 

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL - OVO - 2012/2013 AUSTRALIAN TOUR
Sydney - From September 13 2012, Showring at The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park
Adelaide - From December 6, 2012, Tambawodli (Park 24)
Melbourne - From January 17 2013 Docklands Melbourne
Perth - From April 14 2013, Langley Park

Tickets for all cities are available at cirquedusoleil.com/ovo

For more information and images of OVO and Cirque du Soleil please visit our online press room at cirquedusoleil.com/press