Show Time! The Cavalia Odysseo Experience

Cavalia’s Odysseo, currently in Orange County, has been described as a Cirque du Soleil with horses. While there’s some truth to this comparison, the show is much more than that. In addition to acrobatics and impressive performances by well-trained horses, the show features African dancers(who have incredible acrobatic skills as well), aerialists, amazing special effects created by 18 projectors and 200 moving lights, and a live band and singer who play throughout the whole show. The show is appropriate for and loved by all ages.

During the Odysseo’s recent Social Media Week event, during which photography and videography were allowed during the show, the 2000-seat big white top tent that houses the show was packed. Families, couples on dates, and friends out for a good time all showed up to the big tent(located in Irvine) ready to be entertained. Not only has Odysseo received rave reviews, but it also boasts a few records; it has the world’s largest touring production and traveling big top, the biggest stage, the most beautiful visual effects, and the greatest number of horses at liberty. The 45 human performers and 65 horses that comprise the show all mesmerize viewers with their gracefulness and physical abilities. To fit all of these entertainers, Cavalia created a 17,500 square foot stage with a three-story tall hill in the middle of its tent in Orange County. Features like a real carousel(that drops from the ceiling), 40,000-gallon lake, and a video backdrop three times the size of a cinema screen are just a few touches that add to the outrageousness of the show. Due to high demands, Odysseo will remain in the OC until March 27, two weeks more than originally scheduled.

The production lasts just 2.5 hours, but with a VIP package, it can go on much longer. There’s a dinner held for an hour and a half prior to the start of the show and, after the finale, VIP guests can visit the horses in the stables. They can also enjoy coffee and desserts during intermission. It’s truly a great experience from start to finish and if you’re lucky enough to go, you’ll hear nonstop “Wow”s coming from your seat mates and maybe even yourself.

Starting this spring( April 14), Odysseo will start its tour in Salt Lake City, Utah. They too will get the chance to experience what it’s like to be wowed by horses, dancers, singers and the like. The artists that make up the cast are from all over the world and bring with them different skills. From doing tricks on horses and showing incredible strength during acrobatic routines to dancing and singing, it seems they can do it all. While Cavalia’s Odysseo has been compared to many things, there’s really nothing else like it.

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Cavalia Odysseo

16576 LAGUNA CANYON ROAD,Irvine, CA,92603

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