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Cavalia OdysseoCavalia's Odysseo is a dreamy ode to horse and man that will move the heart and touch the soul. It is an evening that the audience will never forget.
This weekend, I attended Cavalia’s second and newest show; Odysseo. A Quebec production and touted as the biggest touring show in the world, the spectacular performance is a full theatrical experience that combines jaw dropping aerobic feats, stunning equestrian arts and high tech digital visuals. The brain child of artistic director and creator Normand Latourelle, the experience will take your breath away and leave you in a state of awe. The main focus of the show remains its star horses. Featuring a stunning cast of no less than 67 highly trained, beautifully groomed beauties, I found Odysseo to be a mesmerizing two hour journey that pushes the limits of live circus entertainment as well as fully displaying the grace and beauty of these magnificent creatures.
Amid a grandiose white tent standing 125 feet tall (currently the largest tent in North America), Odysseo invites you to sit back in one of the 2000 comfortable seats and revel in the power and mystery between man and nature while plunging you into a world of stunning, visual beauty. To accompany the horses, an international cast of multi-talented singers, musicians, aerialists, dancers, acrobats and performers played and demonstrated their skills and horsemanship dressed in creative costumes designed by the late Georges Levesque. Designed specifically for both the riders and their horses, the numerous colorful costumes made from various furs, linen, leather, silk and cotton blended in beautifully amid the sumptuous decor.
To start the show, the curtains open to reveal an enchanted misty forest in which a herd of horses peacefully graze. Each act transports the audience to a different part of the world while visually immersing them in a lush environment that is heightened by a live orchestra that accompanies the various projected nature scenes of great beauty and wonder. Locations include the arid desert and savannah of Africa, the American Southwest, the Northern Lights, Ice fields, green pastures and Easter Island. The 1,393 square meter stage featured impressive props including a real spinning carousel on which singers, dancers and acrobats twirled and performed daring feats of strength. A unique 302,000-litre lake that magically filled the front of the stage near the end of the performance became the playground for the numerous horses and their elegant riders that frolicked in front of a stunning video backdrop the size of three IMAX screens.
Perfect for a date or family outing, you don't even have to be a horse lover to appreciate the majestic beauty of the animals and the difficulty of the training. I was impressed by the way they used the herd mentality to perform each act as well as the personal freedom of expression that was clearly evident as each horseman showcased their individual skills. The show is a rare opportunity to witness how man and horse can establish a trusting and loving relationship.
The internationally acclaimed Odesseo is currently touring around the world. The show is almost at the end of its run in Montreal. Performances are held regularly until the 21st of July at their current location in Laval. For those who cannot make it to this month’s performance. The show will be heading to Boston shortly. VIP packages are available to those who wish to enjoy a 360 degree experience that includes an open bar, snacks and an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the stables after the performance, where you can take photographs with the horses as well as view the impressive collection of saddles and equipment used during the show.
Professionally organized, stylistic and very entertaining for both adults and kids alike, Odysseo is a dreamy ode to horse and man that will move the heart and touch the soul. It is an evening that the audience will never forget.
For more information on the current production in Laval or for future representations, please consult the Cavalia website at http://www.cavalia.net/en