Cavalia is an entertainment company that specializes in the creation, production and touring of innovative shows. Founded by Normand Latourelle, our company reimagines the equestrian and theatrical arts. With our headquarters in Montreal, Cavalia is an integral part of Canada’s cultural heritage, and the largest Canadian-owned cultural enterprise.
Our expertise in high technology, multimedia and special effects creates magical, unique, never-before-seen experiences. Our first show, Cavalia, has been seen by more than 5 million people across North America, Europe, Australia, the Middle East and Asia since its 2003 debut. Odysseo, our company’s second show, has toured to rave reviews and public acclaim since its 2011 premiere.
Our productions have made an indelible mark on the world of live entertainment with our one-of- a-kind homage to the age-old bond between human and horse. Our equine performers are the heart and soul of each Cavalia and Odysseo show. We are committed to nurturing them and prioritizing their comfort and well-being.
THE CAVALIA PHILOSOPHY
Cavalia’s approach is based on training methods designed to ensure that the horses enjoy training with us and performing on stage. Trainers pay close attention to the horses to make sure that every request is understood, and remain respectful of what the horses are ready to offer. Our philosophy is rooted in patience, trust and deep-seated respect. This genuine sense of caring and authenticity is inevitably what resonates with our audiences.
CREATING A DREAM VOYAGE
To bring this spectacular production to life, Artistic Director and Creator Normand Latourelle surrounded himself with some of the brightest creative minds from Quebec and around the world. They have pooled their respective talents together to produce the astonishing adventure that is Odysseo.
Normand LATOURELLE - Creator and Artistic director
During his 40-year career in the performing arts, Normand Latourelle has followed a path that led him to explore all aspects of the industry, from lighting designer to agent, as well as production manager, director and artistic director. A pioneer of Cirque du Soleil from 1985 to 1990, he has been the driving force behind many impressive and memorable events, such as the sound and light show on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, the spectacular Légendes Fantastiques in Drummondville and the 350th anniversary celebrations for the founding of Montreal. A visionary in a constant quest for innovation, Normand Latourelle is renowned for combining different forms of artistic expression and reinventing the scenic space, with the ultimate goal of taking audiences into new dimensions. Since 2003, Normand Latourelle has been fully dedicated to Cavalia Inc. and its two touring shows, Cavalia and Odysseo, instilling his talent, passion and imagination into the productions. In 2007, he received the Ordre national du Québec for his achievements.
Wayne FOWKES - Director and Choreographer
Born in Leeds, Great Britain, Wayne Fowkes now lives in Austria with his family. He began his career as a singer and dancer in London’s West End, where he acted in several big shows. His career path led him to explore choreography and artistic direction, among other things, for television productions in Great Britain and Europe. At age 30, he became resident director for Andrew Lloyd Webber. In 2000, Wayne took on a huge London venue, the Millenium Dome, as artistic coordinator. The same year he became the artistic director for Notre-Dame- de-Paris, also overseeing its subsequent adaptations in eight different languages. Shortly after, in 2004, Fowkes became artistic director for the musical Don Juan. In 2007 he directed his very first production, Butterflies, presented in Beijing. For Wayne, working with horses in a creative environment is a totally new adventure and an eye-opening experience.
Michel CUSSON - Composer
Michel Cusson’s work, both in jazz fusion composition and on the big and small screens (25 films and 19 TV series), has been recognized by some 30 awards in the Canadian arts. His musical contributions also include the score for the original soundtracks of major stage productions such as Kaleido and Era-Intersection of Time (Shanghai), Ulalena (Hawaii) as well as Cavalia (World tour). With Odysseo, Michel Cusson is teaming up for the fourth time with Normand Latourelle. He has once again created an emotional musical score for horses, artists and spectators alike.
Guillaume LORD - Set designer
The versatile stage designer Guillaume Lord works in theatre, circus, dance, variety shows, rock concerts and musicals in Canada and abroad. Over the past 15 years, he has worked with Serge Denoncourt (Hosanna), Marie Chouinard (Le nombre d’Or), Jean Grand-Maître (Ballets de l’Opéra de Paris) and Gilles Maheu for whom he designed the scenography of Zaia (Cirque du Soleil). He also designed the sets for Nomade and Rain (Cirque Éloize). With Odysseo, he takes up the challenge of creating the set design for much quicker and more physical star performers.
Michèle HAMEL - Costume designer
Michèle Hamel, began her career as a costume designer in 1977, after meeting film director Gilles Carles. Since then, Michèle Hamel has been credited in over 50 Canadian film and TV productions, and her talent has been widely recognized with numerous awards. This uniquely talented and experienced designer has left her mark on the artistic scene in Quebec and across Canada.
Alain LORTIE - Lighting designer
For over 30 years, Alain Lortie has been living his passion through his work; his reputation is well established in Quebec, as well as in France and Asia. First associated with multidisciplinary artists such as Michel Lemieux, Marie Chouinard and Édouard Lock, he lit Notre-Dame de Paris, Starmania, Cavalia and a few Cirque du Soleil shows. Alain has also actively participated in the Festival Montréal en Lumières. Many times “lighting designer of the year” at l’ADISQ, he has also been awarded the Masque des Éclairages and a Dora Mavor Moore Award in Toronto.
GEODEZIK Olivier GOULET - Visual design
The visual world created for Odysseo was conceived by Geodezik, a multimedia company specializing in video content production and system design for stage shows, public events and permanent installations. The Montreal-based company also acts as a consultant for various stage and architectural designs. Geodezik offers a comprehensive vision in multimedia, from project design to final spectacle, by creating original content and new technology with the help of a community of visual artists and stage and new media professionals. Numerous artists have relied on Geodezik’s expertise for their stage and video concepts, including Justin Timberlake, Cher, Bette Midler, Cirque du Soleil, Tina Turner, Taylor Swift, Usher, Katy Perry and Grubb. The visual world designed for Odysseo is meant to discreetly serve as an harmonious echo of the scenic environment, all the while complimenting the lighting effects, scenography and staged numbers of the show.
Darren CHARLES - Dance choreographer
Darren draws from his vast experience in ballet, contemporary dance, ethnic movement and acrobatics, and incorporates an imaginative fusion of styles into his choreography.
Alain GAUTHIER - Choreographer for The Angels scene
Montreal-born acrobat and choreographer Alain Gauthier, has created an avalanche of aerial stunts and dazzling special effects. The 1984 North American trampoline champion collaborated on many impressive Canadian and international productions such as Cirque du Soleil, Paramount and Superbowl XXXI. Alain collaborated on the first Cavalia show and numerous other large-scale productions. His expertise in acrobatic and aerial stunts has proven to be invaluable.
Louis BOND - Hair stylist
A hair stylist and designer with many years’ experience, his great reputation and artistic ability have earned him seven nominations to the Gala des prix Gémeaux, including winning the prize for “Best makeup and hair design”, 2 years in a row. He is pursuing his career in theatre, on television sets, in the movies and recently in the American production “Miroir miroir”. Adding to his long list of accomplishments is his creative involvment with American magazines “Vanity Dades” and “CACRS Puerto Rico”, as well as “Notre-Dame de Paris” and “Mil feuilles” with the group Les éternels pigistes. Louis Bond joined the Cavalia team in 2006.
Georges LEVESQUE 1951-2011 - Costume design
The non-conformist artist and designer Georges Lévesque began his career in the early 1970s and has always pursued his uncompromising quest for beauty. In addition to his line of clothing, his career has also included designing stage costumes for Diane Dufresne and many other renowned artists. He has created the costumes for more than 30 productions in various artistic fields, including most recently Don Juan and Scheherazade. Georges Lévesque has been recognized for his creative independence, his originality and his loyalty to the great tradition of « couture ».