With only five days before making its return to Montreal, the world’s largest touring production  puts the final touches on its massive preparations

MONTREAL, QC (FRIDAY, JULY 20 2018) @Cavalia #Odysseo – 70 majestic horses, stars of the $30 million theatrical production Odysseo, have officially taken up residence at their new home in downtown Montreal ahead of the equestrian extravaganza’s premiere night on July 25.

Arriving from a relaxing 10-day vacation at the Cavalia farm in Sutton under the watchful eye of a dedicated team of Cavalia’s equine specialists, the 70 horses have settled into their spacious1,600 square-metre stable tentnext to Odysseo’s signature White Big Top raised at the entrance of the Jacques Cartier Bridge, on Sainte Catherine Street East at the corner of De Lorimier Avenue. Thespecially equipped trailers transporting the four-legged stars to Montreal were the last to arrive of the 110 semi-trailer trucks necessary to move the world’s largest touring production from its previous stop in Winnipeg. Following their red-carpet arrival, the horses reconnected with their human co-stars and will soon start rehearsals ahead of the premiere show next week.

The Odysseo herd is comprised of 13 different breeds of horses – including Appaloosa, Arabian, Canadian Horse, Warmblood, Lusitano, Paint Horse, Percheron Hanoverian Cross, Quarter Horse, Selle Français, Thoroughbred, Spanish Purebred (P.R.E.), Warlander and Miniature Horse. Before, during and after transport, a 20-person stables team including trainers, health technicians and groomers create a comfortable environment and provide the horses with daily health care, grooming and activities. In their spacious stable tent, the horses each have a designated box with ample space to stretch, lie down, sprawl out, roll and relax. They always have the same neighbours to ensure a familiar and comforting environment in each city.

Every day the horses receive their share of pampering, including showers, grooming, massages, workshops with their riders, and outings to the paddocks where they roam and play. The performance aspect for each horse lasts roughly 12 minutes. The rest of their daily activities also include warm-up and free time. Cavalia’s horse training is based on communication, observation and patience as well as a keen understanding of each horse’s talents and needs. The tone of the show, embraced by the entire company, is one of mutual respect, kindness and trust.

With only five days before Odysseo makes its much-anticipated return to Montreal, workers are completing the installation of the largest touring production in the world.

Odysseo is a unique theatrical production and a grandiose multi-dimensional spectacle. Audiences are taken to a live Hollywood-style movie set, where the moving interactions between human and horse are at the heart of the action. Layers of mesmerizing decor are combined with live music, gravity-defying acrobatics and aerial stunts. Add the staggering effects created by state-of-the-art scenery creating a sumptuous feast for the senses.

TICKETS– Ticket prices range from 29.50 $ to 154.50 $ + taxes. For a memorable evening, the Rendez-Vous VIP package offers the best seats in the house, a full meal buffet dining before the show, open bar, desserts during intermission and an exclusive visit of the stables after the show. This unique VIP experience takes place in a tent alongside the White Big Top. Prices for the VIP packages range from 169.50 $ to 289.50 $ + taxes. Tickets for Odysseo are available at www.cavalia.com or by calling 1-866-999-8111.

ABOUT CAVALIA– Cavalia is a company that specializes in the creation, production and touring of live shows. Founded by Normand Latourelle, the family business reimagines the equestrian and theatrical arts. With its headquarters in Montreal, Cavalia is an integral part of Canada’s cultural heritage, and the largest Canadian-owned enterprise specializing in live shows. Its expertise in high technology, multimedia and special effects creates magical, unique, innovative and never-before-seen experiences. Its 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, the company’s second show, has toured to rave reviews and public acclaim since its 2011 premiere.

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Stéphanie Culakowa | stephanie@bchabotcom.ca | (514) 861-7870 extension 223
Annie-France Charbonneau | annie-france@bchabotcom.ca | (514) 861-7870 extension 224