With only four days before making its Ventura County debut, Cavalia Odysseo – the world’s largest touring production – puts the final touches on its massive preparations

Ventura County, CA (Tuesday, November 7, 2017) #Odysseo – Led by Camarillo Mayor Jan McDonald, dozens of Camarillo’s dignitaries and Ventura County officials welcomed the arrival of Cavalia Odysseo’s 65 majestic horses and talented riders to the White Big Top in Camarillo. The event marked the countdown before the Ventura County premiere of the $30M theatrical production on Saturday, November 11.

In addition to Camarillo and Ventura County notables, a group of young students from Camarillo’s Pleasant Valley School of Engineering and Arts attended the special event on Tuesday for an academic project they will share with the entire school.

Arriving from a 12-day vacation at a local farm in Los Alamos under the watchful eye of a dedicated team of Cavalia’s equine specialists, the 65 horses have settled into their 17,200 square-foot stable tent next to Cavalia Odysseo’s signature White Big Top near US 101 at Santa Rosa Road in Camarillo. The specially equipped trailers transporting the four-legged stars to Ventura County 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 Nashville, TN. Following their red-carpet arrival, the horses reconnected with their human co-stars and will soon start rehearsals ahead of the premiere show on November 11.

Before, during and after transport, a 20-person stables team including trainers, health technicians and grooms 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 neighbors 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 Odysseo’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 four days before the first performance of Cavalia Odysseo in Camarillo, workers are completing the installation of the largest touring production in the world.

“It takes 10,000 tons of stone, earth and sand to create a phenomenal stage, an open space where man and horse come to enjoy each other’s company in complete complicity,” explains Cavalia Odysseo’s resident artistic director Samuel Alvarez. “Overhanging the performance area is a technical grid that can support 80 tons of equipment, including a full-sized merry-go-round. This defies everything that has ever been done under a tent to date in the world.”

Cavalia 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 + applicable fees. For a memorable outing, the Rendez-Vous 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 to the stables after the show. This unique VIP experience takes place in a tent alongside the White Big Top. The Rendez-Vous package prices range from $149.50 to $269.50 + applicable fees. Special pricing and packages are also available for groups of 12 spectators and more. Tickets for Odysseo are available at www.cavalia.com/venturacounty/ or by calling 1-866-999-8111.

ABOUT CAVALIA INC. – Cavalia Inc. is an entertainment company that specializes in the creation, production and touring of innovative shows. Founded by Normand Latourelle, the company reimagines the equestrian and theatrical arts. With its headquarters in Montreal, Cavalia Inc. is an integral part of Canada’s cultural heritage, and the largest Canadian-owned cultural enterprise. Its expertise in high technology, multimedia and special effects creates magical, unique, never-before-seen experiences. Its first show, Cavalia, has been seen by more than 4 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. Follow Cavalia’s latest developments at www.twitter.com/cavalia or www.facebook.com/cavalia. #Odysseo

ABOUT HASS – The Camarillo engagement of Cavalia Odysseo is presented thanks to Mr. Gene Haas and his Camarillo-based properties. Gene Haas is Founder and CEO of Oxnard-based Haas Automation, the largest machine tool manufacturer in North Amercia and one of the top 5 worldwide. Haas Automation builds CNC machine tools for a wide variety of industries around the world including automotive, aerospace, medical, and many more. In 1999, Mr. Haas founded the Gene Haas Foundation to support a variety of charities across North America including scholarships for manufacturing careers and organizations that support children and the indigent. For more information about Haas go to haascnc.com. For more about the Gene Haas Foundation go to ghaasfoundation.org.

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