Odysseo Equine Spectacular Opens in Calgary to Standing Ovation

Cavalia horses at liberty

Cavalia's Odysseo at liberty

Marking its 600th performance since inception, on April 24, 2014, a packed audience of 2000 celebrated the Calgary, Alberta premiere of Cavalia’s new larger-than-life production, Odysseo. Under the gleaming White Big Top erected at Canada Olympic Park, spectators of all ages were thrilled and amazed by the unique blend of equestrian arts, performing arts and high-tech theatrical effects. Sharing the colossal stage with 49 riders, acrobats, aerialists and musicians, the 70 magnificent horses stole the spotlight during this unique theatrical performance, one which ended with rapturous applause and standing ovation. The Opening Night performance also marked Odysseo’s 600th show since the inception of this equine spectacular, in 2011.

Odysseo horses runningPhoto: François Bergeron

About 500 VIP patrons were treated to exquisite buffet dining and in the Rendez-Vous VIP lounge. After the show, they toured the stable to meet the four-legged stars, followed by a reception at the impressive Odysseo Village, capping off the magical Calgary premiere.

“The entire troupe and myself felt a very warm welcome from the Calgary audience,” said Normand Latourelle, Cavalia’s Founder and Artistic Director. “With more than one million spectators having been touched by the beauty and majesty of Odysseo since the beginning of this colossal adventure, we are proud to finally present this feel-good show to Albertans and to celebrate our 600th performance milestone here in Calgary.” 

Cavalia horse riderPhoto: Pascal Ratthé

With its latest creation, Cavalia pushes the limits of live entertainment with a 30-million dollar extravaganza that is wowing critics and audiences alike across North America. A veritable revolution in live performance, Odysseo is a breathtaking ode to horse and man imagined by Normand Latourelle, one of the co-founders of Cirque du Soleil. Following its run in Calgary, Odysseo will continue its North American Tour in Edmonton, Alberta.

About Cavalia Inc.- Headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, Cavalia Inc. is an entertainment company that specializes in the creation, production and touring of innovative shows for audiences of all ages. Founded by Normand Latourelle, the company has an expertise in equestrian and performing arts, and is known for making the most of cutting-edge technology, multimedia and special effects, which allows for the creation of magical, unique, never-before-seen theatrical experiences. Cavalia, seen by some four million people across North America and Europe since its 2003 debut, celebrates the relationship between humans and horses by loosely recounting the evolution of this bond. Odysseo, which premiered in 2011, takes the next step, leading viewers on a great journey where horses and humans discover together some of the planet’s most unforgettable landscapes. 

Follow Cavalia Inc.’s latest developments at www.twitter.com/cavalia or www.facebook.com/cavalia. 

Reviews from the Calgary premier:

“Odysseo is a multi-media feast for the senses!” Stephen Hunt, Calgary Herald

“Staggers even the wildest imagination. Beyond anything you've ever seen or imagined. Prepare to be amazed!” Louis Hobson, Calgary Sun

“Odysseo is magical and entertains the soul! The connection between human and horse is an extraordinary and magical adventure” Erin Wilde, 101.5 Kool FM

“The acrobats and riders are breathtaking, the imagery is beautiful, but the horses are so spectacularly clever that you can’t take your eyes off of them.” Tara Nelson, CTV Calgary.

“Odysseo is stunning! The most magical and enchanting show I’ve ever seen!” Jill Belland, Breakfast Television CITY TV.

Main Article Photo: Pascal Ratthé
Cavalia's Odysseo
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