One of the highlights of the recent BAFTA ceremony was the spectacular opening sequence by Cirque du Soleil. The breathtaking performance was themed to Guillermo del Toro’s fairytale romance The Shape of Water, and we take a closer look at how it was put together.
We were in attendance from the ceremony itself, and even from our lofty vantage point in the rafters of The Royal Albert Hall, we could tell that the performance went down a storm. In the distance we spotted the director of The Shape of Water as well as star Sally Hawkins applauding the dramatically choreographed routine.
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Cirque du Soleil are currently in residence at the venue with their high-flying show OVO, and in the video below they have documented how the daring routine was put together. The Royal Albert Hall auditorium – not a small space by any stretch of the imagination and crammed with A-list stars from around the world for the biggest night in the British film calendar – was utterly transfixed by the two characters flying above.
The performance was an adaptation of the aerial straps act from OVO, which sees two beautiful butterflies fly high inside the Royal Albert Hall. An elegant act filled with stunning twists, turns and acrobatic magic, it was performed by Catherine Audy and Alexis Trudel, who took on the roles of Elisa Esposito, played by Hawkins in the movie, and the Amphibian Man.
The newly created costumes were made especially for EE British Academy Film Awards by Susan Judd, and the body art and make up by Mona Turnbull.
The reactions say it all!
— Isaiah Fapuro (@IsaiahAF_) February 18, 2018
— KateO (@treehugger1007) February 18, 2018
— ODEON (@ODEONCinemas) February 18, 2018
Seeing Sally Hawkins getting so excited by Ovo’s The Shape of Water inspired performance is the highlight of the #EEBAFTAs already!
— Charlie Walton (@CharlieWalt) February 18, 2018
OVO, meaning ‘egg’ in Portuguese, is a headlong rush into a colourful 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 show is on at the Royal Albert Hall until March 4 and features over 50 performers from 17 countries around the world.