Odysseo by Cavalia

love-opera-victoria-bakerThe most beautiful show I have ever seen is called Cavalia. This show is different from all others: the stars of the production are horses.

I stumbled upon it quite by accident when they were doing a short run in Washington, D.C. at the National Harbor Front. I took the ferry over, past the Washington monuments all lit up at night, and arrived at the Big Top.

The Big Top under which Cavalia presents its incredible performance accommodates up to 2,000 spectators. The impression is of a majestic white cathedral, its four towers extending 99 feet high and resting on a 160 feet wide playground, which allows for and protects the horses’ freedom of movement.

I knew this was going to be something very special even before the show had started.

Created by a Cirque du Soleil pioneer, Odysseo by Cavalia is an equestrian fairy tale. The show uses horses, waterworks, exceptional sets and pushes the boundaries of the imaginable. Normand Latourelle, the mastermind behind this extravaganza, is said to have envisioned the show in a dream. He has worked tirelessly since 2003 to bring his dream to life for audiences the world over with his traveling troupe. All the superlatives in the world are really not sufficient to convey just how extraordinary this show is, you just have to see it.

At least, check out their website at www.cavalia.net

Odysseo by Cavalia is the only 6-D show in the world. The unique theatrical production is a grandiose show where spectators are taken to a live Hollywood movie set while the mind-blowing interactions between human and horse are given center stage. Layers of mesmerizing decors combined with gravity-defying stunts make this an incredible experience.

Extremely high-definition computer graphic images transport the audience across the world’s most beautiful landscapes. These graphic backdrops are projected on an immense cyclorama the size of three IMAX screens. But whereas a movie theatre uses only one projector, Odysseo uses eighteen of them simultaneously.

Like many little girls, growing up I harbored a fancy for horses, unicorns and magical fairy tales. Of course, as I grew up I realized these were childish chimeras with no basis in reality. But as I watched dozens of regal white horses gallop around a massive stage and jump in pools of water while women in flowing gowns danced on their backs, I had to pinch myself to make sure what I was seeing was for real. It was that beautiful.And for those two hours as I sat in the theater, the humdrum routine of daily life disappeared and we were all transported to a magical place where horse whisperers communicate with their equine friends and unicorns really do exist.

It was pure magic.


Victoria Baker, of Greenwich, is an opera singer. Winner of many prestigious competitions, she has performed and worked with distinguished artists all over the world (notably at Lincoln Center). Should you have any questions that deserve answers and may be in print please call 203-531-7499 or e-mail [email protected]

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