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Discover the Beauty of Cavalia's Odysseo

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Cavalia's Odysseo - Les Voyageurs - #OdysseoSAUGA

When it comes to pushing the limits of live entertainment, no one does it better than Cavalia's Odysseo. The show, which opened in Mississauga last month, features a magical blend of equestrian arts, stage arts and high-tech theatrical effects that will leave spectators in awe. Inspired by the beauty and harmony of the ancient relationship between horse and man, Odysseo features 65 horses and 50 artists from the world over. 

Cavalia's Odysseo - Troupeau - #OdysseoSAUGA

Earlier this month, my bestie and I attended Social Media Week to take in the stunning performances. The show begins with a number of majestic horses wandering about the stage at liberty. It is a dream-like experience to be able to see so many beautiful horses roaming freely about, I could have watched them for hours. This scene is aptly named Troupeau, which is French for "herd."

Cavalia's Odysseo - Carosello - Dan Harper - #OdysseoSAUGA
Photo Credit: Dan Harper
We are then taken on a great journey into various worlds that make you feel like you are a part of the voyage, thanks to spectacular visual effects and a larger-than-life, curved screen that serves as the backdrop for the show. There are several breathtaking scenes that include Les Fées, Fête du Village, Liberté, and Les Voyageurs (see above) before we make a stop at Carosello. This is where a full size merry-go-round descends from above and slowly rotates as acrobats perform gravity-defying acts and feats of sheer strength.

Cavalia's Odysseo - Les Anges - #OdysseoSAUGA

The journey continues as we watch Nomades, L'Odysée and a stormy Tempête before Appel d'Afrique in which performers teach audience members the "Call of Africa": O walu guere moufan! I love this scene not only for the interactive component but also for the simple message behind the call: No more war! We take a Paseo (Spanish for walk) and move on to a stunning scene called Les Anges. The aerial silk performers really do look like angels from heaven.

Cavalia's Odysseo - La Grande Aventure - Andrew Miller - #OdysseoSAUGA
Photo Credit: Andrew Miller
I was really looking forward to the final scene La Grande Aventure. It is during this scene that a lake appears on stage. It is created using a system of pumps with two water tanks that are hidden behind the scenes and fill the pool with 40,000 gallons of water. 

Cavalia's Odysseo - La Grande Aventure - Andrew Miller - #OdysseoSAUGA
Photo Credit: Dan Harper
Watching the horses gallop through the lake is like nothing I've ever seen before. The water splashes about, beckoning audience members to join in the fun like a child plays in a puddle after a rainfall. The viewers in the front row, however, may experience some of the splashing first hand.

Cavalia's Odysseo - La Grande Aventure - Andrew Miller - #OdysseoSAUGA
Photo Credit: Lynn Glazzer
Cavalia's Odysseo - La Grande Aventure - Andrew Miller - #OdysseoSAUGA

Cavalia's Odysseo - La Grande Aventure - Andrew Miller - #OdysseoSAUGA
Photo Credit: Jak Wonderly
While I have seen Cavalia's Odysseo twice before (you can read my 2015 Odysseo review and 2013 Odysseo review), I am still in utter awe of the beauty that is Odysseo. The show features 65 horses of 12 different breeds including the Appaloosa, Arabian, Canadian Horse, Holsteiner, Lusitano, Paint Horse, Percheron Hanoverian Cross, Quarter Horse, Selle Français, Thoroughbred, Spanish Purebred (P.R.E.) and Warlander, which come from from Spain, Portugal, France, Germany, the United States and Canada. Among the 50 incredibly talented artists are riders, acrobats, aerialists, dancers and musicians who come from around the world including the United States, Canada, Brazil, France, Italy, Guinea, South Africa, Poland, Russia, Spain and Ukraine.

And, as if the show itself isn't incredible enough, the VIP experience will surely blow you away. Rendez-Vous VIP tickets grant you access to the private Rendez-Vous VIP Lounge and Patio 90 minutes before the show, during the intermission as well as after the show. You will also enjoy center-row seats, a full meal buffet before the show, various refreshments available at will, a dessert buffet, coffee and tea served during the intermission, an exclusive stable visit after the show and an Odysseo souvenir. Allow me to recommend the top sirloin steak and kale salad, which pairs quite nicely with a serving of cocktail shrimp. And for dessert, try the carrot cake! Also, keep your eyes peeled for celebrities while lounging in the VIP tent. This year, I spotted Clive Standen who plays Rollo on one of my all-time favourite shows Vikings. 

Cavalia's Odysseo has extended its matinee and evening performances through July 30, 2017. It is located under the White Big Top next to Hershey Centre in Mississauga. Tickets are priced from $39.50 to $139.50 for adults and from $39.50 to $124.50 for children, depending on their age, plus applicable taxes and fees. VIP tickets range from $139.50 up to $239.50. If you haven't bought your tickets yet, you can save 15% on select tickets by visiting cavalia.com/live and using promo code SOCIAL. This promotion is valid until July 23.

Disclosure: I received complimentary VIP access as part of Social Media Week. Any opinions expressed in this post are my own. Photos courtesy of Cavalia unless otherwise noted.

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