Children from The Quebec Foundation for the Blind Experience a Sensory Adventure in Montreal
August 22, 2018
THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2018 – A group of visually impaired children from The Quebec Foundation for the Blind had a rare opportunity to experience an amazing and moving adventure at Cavalia on Wednesday. The children, who rely heavily on all their other senses to fully understand the world, were guided by Odysseo artists through a sensory journey created specifically to meet their special needs.
The group discovered Odysseo’s equestrian and acrobatic world through a variety of hands-on exercises. Members of the cast allowed the youth to touch the horse’s soft coats, brushed and groomed them. They smelled and touched the horses’ food; felt and tried the saddles and listened to the horses’ heartbeat and breathing with stethoscopes. The young guests also discovered the costumes, played percussion with musicians and danced with acrobats. At the end of the tour, riders brought their horses to a full cantering speed, allowing the children to feel the ground quake beneath the incredible power of the equine stars.
Since 2012, Cavalia has collaborated with dozens of visually impaired associations across North America to organize this unique event for the youth. Odysseo – featuring 70 horses and 50 artists – is playing under the White Big Top at the entrance of the Jacques Cartier Bridge with matinee and evening performances scheduled through Sunday, September 30.