Odysseo, Cavalia’s new adventure, has been touring under the world’s largest big top since fall 2011. Odysseo is a veritable revolution in live performance.
Known as the world’s largest touring production, Odysseo marries the equestrian arts, stage arts and high-tech theatrical effects at never-before-seen levels. This larger-than-life show sends hearts racing, but it is also a feast for the eyes that succeeds in delivering the spectacular with soul. Audiences of all ages are passionately rediscovering the century-old relationship between human and horse. As friends, partners and inseparable performers on stage, 65 horses and 48 artists lead the spectator on a great journey in a world of dreams where, together, they discover some of the planet’s most unforgettable landscapes.
Beyond the impressive technical display and equestrian and acrobatic numbers that are unlike anything ever seen on stage, Odysseo is first and foremost a work that feeds the soul. The poetry flowing from this grand adventure shines a light on a more humane world where human and horse may live in harmony.
Standing 125 feet tall, the White Big Top is a traffic-stopping addition to the skyline of each city Odysseo visits. When visitors enter, they are immediately transported into a lavish yet comfortable environment worthy of any permanent theatre. Odysseo’s White Big Top is twice as big as the structure created for Cavalia’s eponymous production. The newest incarnation was designed in collaboration with the consultants at the Italian firm Canobbio, who also oversaw the construction. Asteo in France and Genivar in Canada supervised engineering operations. The arches that support the massive structure were built by Show Canada.
The 3 arches are 83 feet high by 203 feet wide. A total of 173 different types of motors run all of the suspended equipment including a mechanical carousel.
As the largest touring tent in the world, the White Big Top is equal to an NFL football field. The Odysseo Village is comprised of 5 tents, including stables for our 65 horses.
10K tons of stone, dirt and sand are required to build the massive stage. An underground drain system creates an impressive 40k gallon lake.
20 semi-trucks are required to transport the White Big Top. The installation requires 26 motors and a 276 ton mechanical crane.
Odysseo is a show unlike any other on the planet. From their seats the audience will become part of a truly immersive and multi-dimensional experience while the touching interactions between human and horse are at the heart of the action. Layers of mesmerizing decor combined with gravity-defying acrobatic and aerial stunts and the staggering effects created by state-of-the-art scenery makes this immense stage a feast for the eyes. Beginning in a misty, enchanted forest where a herd of horses graze and frolic under a sky of rolling clouds and a setting sun, Odysseo travels to some of nature’s greatest wonders.
Without ever leaving their seats the audience will see the desert and savanna of Africa, the American Southwest, the Northern Lights, an ice cave, verdant fields and Easter Island. To project these breathtaking graphic backdrops on an immense cyclorama the size of three of the largest cinema screens, Odysseo uses projectors as powerful as those illuminating the grandest movie theaters. But whereas a cinema has only one projector, Odysseo uses 18 simultaneously. This live multi-dimensional voyage is a veritable revolution in live entertainment production.