Le Cirque presents an insect-inspired show in the arena

Cirque du Soleil, a producer of theatrical stunts before the COVID-19 pandemic and forced into financial stunts ever since, returns to Winnipeg in August.

The troupe presents its show Ovo for seven shows at the Canada Life Centre, with evening performances August 3-5 and two each on August 6-7, the Cirque’s first shows in the city since 2019.

Tickets are on sale at Ticketmaster and range in price from $48.50 to $151.75, including fees.

Ovo focuses on insect life, with Cirque’s high-flying acrobatic troupe emulating the energy and movement of the six-legged world.

Cirque du Soleil shows have been commonplace in Winnipeg over the years, from productions at the downtown arena to a huge custom-made tent set up on Kenaston Boulevard and Sterling Lyon Parkway. , which hosted an extended run of its show Amaluna in September 2019, the last time the company performed in Winnipeg.

The COVID-19 pandemic crippled the company after many shows were postponed or canceled, and in May 2020 it filed for bankruptcy and laid off 3,500 people, or 95% of its workforce.

It went from $1 billion in global revenue to nothing in just 48 hours, said Daniel Lamarre, its vice president and former chief executive, at the time.

Canadian investment firm Catalyst Capital and former MGM Resorts International director Jim Murren bought Cirque du Soleil in November 2020 and resumed performances in 2021.

Burt Block Party is back

Classic rock will return to the streets and parking lots outside the Burton Cummings Theater for two summer nights.

On Saturday, August 13, the Burt Block Party lineup features two artists with Winnipeg ties, Bif Naked and the Watchmen, performing on the Smith Street outdoor stage with 1990s mainstays I Mother Earth.

The following Friday, August 19, takes audiences back to the 1970s and 1980s with Nazareth, Streetheart and the Headpins.

Details of two more Burt Block parties for August 12 and 20 will be released at a later date.

The downtown festival concept, which is a partnership between True North Sports and Entertainment and Live Nation Canada, began last August, transforming the streets and blocked parking lots in front of the historic theater into a fully-fledged outdoor concert hall. licensed to accommodate 4,000 people. people, food trucks and drink stands.

Early bird tickets for $49.50 plus fees are on sale until May 15 at 10 p.m. on Ticketmaster.ca. Then the prices go up to $59.50. VIP tickets cost $99.50 and include access to the theater’s indoor bathrooms and exclusive bar service.

—Alan Small

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