Monday, November 13, 2017

Cavalia Odysseo - An Amazing Journey

Author: Jose G. Barr

Cavalia Odysseo left me and my family speechless.  What an amazing spectacle! Over the last few years I noticed the billboards for the show and vowed to go see it some day. We did see it for the first time in Irvine, California and got the chance to see it again this past Saturday afternoon in Camarillo,California. 

As we drove to the area my son was the first to see the huge tents housing the performance, and this was still a few miles away.  What takes your breath away is how grand the whole affair feels.  The tents feel enormous , yet every seat in the big top has a great view of the show.  Our seats were about mid way up and in the middle and what a view we had. Each and every seat is comfortable, you do not feel as if you are packed in with the other guests.    The music is performed live each and every show, giving the performance even more impact.   

Carousel Performance
The stage itself is a work of wonder as the scenes shift from one mood to another.  The backdrop moves to give one a sense of ever expanding space or contracting space.  The use of forced perspective makes you feel as if the show is being performed on a huge open field.  When the performance requires a more intimate space, the backdrops move into place to reduce the size and scope of the stage to make a single performer the center of attention.

Each performance enhances the overall experience and provides one a hunger for more.  The horsemanship is amazing, the degree of comfort by the performers with these beautiful animals is very evident. Many of the stunts require this comfort because the riders is quite literally putting their lives in the hands or hooves of their partners. 

The special effects team for Cavalia Odysseo work their magic and provide the extra piece to make this a spectacle to behold. The finale left everyone in awe watching what appears on stage. I could not believe my eyes when I noticed it happening. I will leave it at that and let you my dear readers see it for yourselves.  This show is one that I wholeheartedly recommend as a fun family outing.  Go see it and enjoy the magic of these amazing performers, both human and equine.

Until next time my friends, love your kids,

Cherish your family.

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