Preview of Cavalia's Odysseo - A Theatrical Experience Like No Other

My daughter and I drove down to the south parking lot of Soldier Field on a rainy morning to preview something magnificent: Odysseo, Cavalia’s new production, which opens April 1st.  After getting to take in the grandeur of The White Big Top, we were led to the red-carpet arrival of some of the horses and their human co-stars.  It was a big day since the stars of the show, sixty-five horses from around the world, were arriving to their new performance space after a two-week vacation on a farm in Wisconsin. Next, we were treated to a short demonstration by one of the trainers and ten of the horses.  Amazingly, the only commands were given through voice and touch.  The horses didn’t wear bridles or saddles and they worked in very close proximity to their trainer, each other, and the audience.  The weather may have been gloomy, but my daughter and I left super excited to see the show in its full-blown glory.  I mean, who doesn’t love horses, live music, acrobats, stilt walkers, aerialists, and dancers?

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Photo Credit: Chris Waits

The $30 million production of Odysseo is as unique as they come.  It is the largest touring production in the world and utilizes 110 semi-trailer trucks to transport the set and performers.  The audience is met with an enormous stage with décor and effects that are a sumptuous feast for the eyes. The moving interactions between human and horse are at the heart of the action and the training is based on communication, observation and patience.  The tone of the show is one of mutual respect, kindness, and trust.  This is also combined with live music, gravity-defying acrobatics and aerial stunts.     

Photo Credit: Jak Wonderly

Photo Credit: Pascal Ratthe

Cavalia Inc. is a French-Canadian entertainment company that specializes in the creation, production, and touring of innovative shows.  Founded by Norman Latourelle, the company reimagines the equestrian and theatrical arts.  Its expertise in technology, multimedia, and special effects creates never-before-seen extravaganzas. 

Photo Credit: Jak Wonderly

Tickets – The show runs from April 1st to April 30th.  Adult tickets are priced from $34.50 to $144.50 (service charge included).  Special pricing and packages also available for groups, children (2-12), junior (13-17) and seniors (65+).  For an extra special outing, the Rendez-Vous VIP package offers the best seats in the house, full meal buffet dining before the show, open bar, desserts during intermission and an exclusive visit to the stables after the show.  This unique VIP experience takes place in a tent alongside The White Big Top.  The Rendez-Vous VIP package prices range from $144.50 to $269.50 (service charge included).

Tickets are available at the Cavalia website and by calling 1-866-999-8111

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