It used to mean one thing when the circus was coming to town, but these days, in 2020, it means something entirely different.

A new show by the high-flying world-famous Cirque du Soleil acrobat and dance troupe is coming to the Greensboro Coliseum from Thursday, April 2, to Sunday, April 5.

The show, called “OVO,” is described by promoters as “a headlong rush into 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.”

The description goes on to say that the insects’ home “is a world of biodiversity and beauty filled with noisy action and moments of quiet emotion.”

Like most Cirque du Soleil productions, it’s billed as a “high-energy” show and those who attend can expect to see a lot going on at once.

In OVO, the drama happens when “a mysterious egg” appears in the midst of the insects, and the curious and awestruck creatures try to figure out what that strange new object means for their lives.

It also sounds like a love story. The show’s description adds, “It’s love at first sight when a gawky, quirky insect arrives in this bustling community and a fabulous ladybug catches his eye—and the feeling is mutual. OVO is overflowing with contrasts. The hidden, secret world at our feet is revealed as tender and torrid, noisy and quiet, peaceful and chaotic. And as the sun rises on a bright new day the vibrant cycle of insect life begins anew.”

So, if an artistic circus act providing insight into the strange world of insect life and romance sounds enticing, this show is for you.

The Cirque du Soleil’s OVO promises to be a sight to see. It features over 10 different intricate acrobatic acts, and it includes foot juggling, hand balancing on high wire lines, body contortions the group is well known for, trampoline and tumbling feats – and even something called the “Russian Cradle.” (Hint: Think of some performers throwing others a good distance through the air for other performers to catch.)

There’s even a local connection: KatyBeth Schmid, the stage manager for OVO, is a Greensboro native and even a graduate of Grimsley High School – Class of 2005.

OVO will run from April 2 to April 5, with some evening, afternoon and matinee performances.

For more information, and to purchase tickets, you can visit