According to the website, “Odysséo is a journey into the imagination, a voyage through space and time, and an exploration of nature’s greatest wonders – deserts, waterfalls, canyons, glaciers and more.” What it really is, is a beautiful symphonic dance with horses and humans on stage together, perfectly choreographed without feeling unnatural. It’s an amazing work that marries performance and trust between these gorgeous, graceful animals and their partners.
The scale of the show is almost unbelievable – the cast includes more than 50 riders, performers, and acrobats (much akin to a Cirque du Soleil performance) and 71 four-legged stars, 26 of which are stallions and the rest are geldings. True to form for Cavalia, the costumes are endless, as are the set changes and surprises. You will be on the edge of your seat throughout the two acts (there is one intermission) as the action is nonstop.
Technically, the show is astounding. The tent in which Odysséo is staged (actually one huge tent with a collection of smaller ones that serve as stables, a VIP area, dressing rooms, and more) is immense and impressive. No doubt you’ve seen it if you’ve driven on the Connector in the past couple of months. The tent’s footprint covers an astounding 100,000 square feet and rises 125 feet in the air. The performance stage is 27,000 square feet – and once you see the horses charging in from off stage, you understand why it is so big! The stage is composed of 6,000 tons of dirt, sand, and stone, and is coupled with projections and visual effects on a huge high definition screen and a live orchestra with a single female vocalist. All in all, it’s truly breathtaking.
For an even more incredible experience, check out the Rendez-Vous Experience, which includes an open bar and buffet dinner before the show, champagne and dessert at intermission, and a tour of the stables and a chance to meet the horses and performers following the show, in addition to a Q&A with the Artistic Director immediately following the show.
Odysséo has been extended through January 29, 2012. Show times are Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00 PM, with matinees on Saturdays at 3:00 PM and Sundays at 2:00 PM. For ticket prices and seating chart, visit the Cavalia website. You can also buy tickets online – by clicking here.