Lu Parker Takes us Behind the Scenes of the International Hit Cavalia Odysseo
It’s the largest touring tent in the world… And inside you step into a fantasy world of animal and man.
“It’s a show about love so you see a lot of you know the relationship between and the bond between horses and human.” Normand Latourelle, artistic director.
Nearly 70 horses to be exact…plus riders, acrobats, aerialists and dancers.
There are also trick riders…horse running full blast across the stage.
Founder and artistic director Normand Latourelle tells me this show is a spectacular adventure…almost dreamlike.
When you go to Odysseo at one point you have thirty two horses totally free no bits no halter no saddle no nothing playing and doing fabulous choreography with eight trainers on stage and all of these horses are male half of them are stallions so it’s almost a miracle and you that fabulous choreography and they just run and dance together.
The story takes you around the world…the production using a 200 by 50 foot screen to create different landscapes…the 15k square foot stage features a real carousel and an 80 k gallon lake.
“I have pushed the limit of what can be accomplished for a touring show…so this is why it became so big. This is why the stage is so big, but you still have the intimacy,” says Latourelle.