Wednesday, December 14, 2016

 ODYSSEO by Carol Kaufman Segal
            Cavalia’s Odysseo is the company’s second production that has been touring the world since 2011.  Performing under the world’s largest big top, this spectacular production is now being showcased in Irvine. 
Odysseo is known as the worlds’ largest touring production featuring unbelievable equestrian acts, professional riders, acrobats, aerialists, percussionists, dancers, musicians, and singers, fused together.  The scenery effects are beyond anyone’s imagination, set on a 17,500 square foot stage with a hill that soars three stories high under a 125-foot high White Big Top that holds more than 2000 seats!
The audience is taken around the world by more than 65 horses and an enormously talented international cast.  Via a stunning video backdrop the size of three of the largest cinema screens in 3D, one feels they are seeing the various locales in true perspective.  They include an enchanted forest, the desert and savanna of Africa, the American Southwest, the Northern Lights and ice caves, lush fields, and Easter Island        
            The elaborate costumes, by Michele Hamel and the late Georges Levesque, were specifically designed for both rider and horse. Some feature faux fur, linens, leather, cotton, and silk of vibrant colors, and ornate decorations.  365 costumes are worn during each performance and 68 saddles are used. 
            A most extraordinary finish occurs when a 40,000 gallon lake magically appears on stage in front of a beautiful scene to add to the enchantment of this remarkable show!  (The water is recycled.)  Cavalia was created by Artistic Director Normand Latourelle in 2003. 
            A thrilling family show, Odysseo can be seen at the Big White Top, located at the Irvine Spectrum Center, 670 Spectrum Drive, in Irvine through January 8, 2017.  (You can’t miss it from the 405!)  For a schedule of performances, and to purchase tickets, call the Center at (866) 999-8111.  The Center is open daily from 8 AM to 9 PM.

            Highly recommended.               

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