The stage in Cirque du Soleil’s newest touring show, OVO, is covered with creepy, crawly things: an entire colony of insects, to be exact. Costume designer Liz Vandal used textured, painted fabrics to fashion the legs, wings, antennae, and bodies of these anthropomorphic creatures as embodied by Cirque du Soleil performers. One of the central characters is the cricket. “The quantity of them is impressive,” says Vandal, noting there are often 10 on stage at the same time. “Their legs ...

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