Cirque du Soleil’s OVO in the River City | Baton Rouge Editorial Photographer

Cirque du Soleil’s OVO in the River City | Baton Rouge Editorial Photographer

Wow. That’s all I could muster to say as I went on behalf of 225 Magazine to photograph rehearsals for the acrobatic troupe Cirque du Soleil’s performance of OVO in Baton Rouge. The artistry of these performances is breathtaking, and seeing the amount of behind-the-scenes work that goes into it was so so so COOL.

It’s always amazing to me to see how much goes into a performance/product/work that the general population doesn’t see. Like my work. I spend less than one day a week photographing. The other days are dedicated to editing and the actual running of the business. Far far far more than “pushing a button.” ;) But I digress…

Cirque du Soleil has a massive group working behind the scenes to make sure that the lighting and staging are perfect, that the performers are safe, that the costumes and makeup are functional yet beautiful. And the performers are practicing hours upon hours out of the day. As I was collecting images, I found myself stopping to stare at the sheer virtuosity of the group. Amazing.

Cirque Du Soliel's Ovo - Aruna Bataa
Cirque Du Soliel’s Ovo – Aruna Bataa
Cirque Du Soliel's Ovo - Aruna Bataa
Cirque Du Soliel’s Ovo – Aruna Bataa
Cirque Du Soliel's Ovo - Aruna Bataa / Alanna Baker
Cirque Du Soliel’s Ovo – Aruna Bataa / Alanna Baker
Cirque Du Soliel's Ovo - Aruna Bataa discussing the performance
Cirque Du Soliel’s Ovo – Aruna Bataa discussing the performance
Cirque Du Soliel's Ovo - Wei-liang Lin
Cirque Du Soliel’s Ovo – Wei-liang Lin
Cirque Du Soliel's Ovo - Wei-liang Lin
Cirque Du Soliel’s Ovo – Wei-liang Lin
Cirque Du Soliel's Ovo
Cirque Du Soliel’s Ovo
Cirque Du Soliel's Ovo - "The Ants" rehearse
Cirque Du Soliel’s Ovo – “The Ants” rehearse
Cirque Du Soliel's Ovo - Performers rehears on the "jungle gym" behind the stage / Wardrobe specialist Julie O'Brien making adjustments to costumes
Cirque Du Soliel’s Ovo – Performers rehears on the “jungle gym” behind the stage / Wardrobe specialist Julie O’Brien making adjustments to costumes
Cirque Du Soliel's Ovo
Cirque Du Soliel’s Ovo

You can read Amanda Capritto’s piece for 225 by clicking this link. It has in-depth interviews with the people responsible for this spectacular show.

Behind the scenes of Cirque du Soleil’s recent visit to Baton Rouge