Cavalia presents Odysseo in Irvine

Cavalia: Odysseo Irvine

I had the opportunity to attend the media preview of Cavalia: Odysseo in Irvine. Going to work everyday, one can’t help but notice the massive big white top that attracts every single passerby on the 405 freeway. Odysseo’s big top is grandiose – larger than a hockey rink, and about the size of an NFL football field. The back stage area offers a playground for beautiful horses.

White big top is a traffic- stopping addition on the 405 Freeway in Irvine

White big top is a traffic- stopping addition on the 405 Freeway in Irvine

As we entered the gate, I was transported to the media section. I had a photo-op with Odysseo’s step and repeat, browsed through the merchandise, and got some tasty popcorn. When the show was about to start, I was directed to the center stage where we were greeted by the creator and artistic director, Norman Latourelle. Norman gave a short introduction to Odysseo. The show started with aerialist/acrobats in a misty enchanted forest. The dancers and acrobats defied gravity, and their acrobatics were awe-inspiring. As the show progressed, I noticed the high-tech theatrical effects, including a stunning video backdrop that made me feel like I was in the world’s most beautiful landscapes. The stunts were breathtaking and jaw dropping. I cringed in my seat, because I felt something bad was going to happen with the riders who were doing their stunts; especially when they were riding upside down and facing in an opposite direction! Another feast for the eyes was the full-sized carousel with wooden horses and poles, where performers wowed the audience with their perfect moves and motion.

The prowess of the troupe of acrobats

The prowess of the troupe of acrobats

 

Odysseo acrobats in a misty enchanted forest

Odysseo acrobats in a misty enchanted forest

Odysseo wrapped up with a lake on the stage. I was astonished when I saw water on the stage, I thought, “Where did that come from?!” The lake consisted of 40,000 gallons of water. The water in which the horses and artists frolic is recycled water.

Odysseo is a mix of beauty, grace, and high-flying stunts that kept the family on the edge of their seats! – Rowena, Ladera Ranch

Rowena from Ladera Ranch, who recently went to the show, mentioned that the show is creative, entertaining and suspenseful. “Odysseo is a mix of beauty, grace, and high-flying stunts that kept the family on the edge of their seats! It was amazing to see what they were able to do under the white top to create the atmosphere and the ambiance that they did.” She added, “A great show, not just for horse lovers, but for all.”

A vertiginous virtual waterfall overhangs the indoor lake on stage

A vertiginous virtual waterfall overhangs the indoor lake on stage

Mika, from Orange County, who is a horse enthusiast and went to riding academy said, “I couldn’t get enough of this show! The horses were the stars of the show, making their personalities known, and loving every feedback from audience.”

Full-sized merry-go-round

Full-sized merry-go-round

About the Horses

There are 65 horses of 11 different breeds: Arabian, Holsteiner, Lipizzan, Lusitano, Mustang, Paint Horse, Portuguese Cross, Quarter Horse, Selle Francais, Spanish Purebred (P.R.E) and Warmblood. They hail from seven countries including Spain, Portugal, France, the Netherlands, Germany, United States and Canada. The company fosters an environment where deep-seated respect and trust for horses comes first. The company’s training methods are designed to ensure that the horses enjoy training and performing on stage. Trainers make sure that every request is adopted, and they are respectful of what the four-legged stars are ready to offer.

Odysseo worlds largest touring production

Odysseo worlds largest touring production

Odysseo pushes the limit of live entertainment and is the world’s largest touring production and traveling big top. Cavalia: Odysseo is extended until April 3rd.  For more info, click here.

Ruchel Freibrun at Odysseo Irvine Media Preview

Ruchel Freibrun at Odysseo Irvine Media Preview

 

 

 

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  1. Odysseo right in my back yard. Nice.

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