ADMIRE THE PHYSICAL BEAUTY, STRENGTH AND SEAMLESS INTERACTION OF HORSES AND HUMANS AS CAVALIA’S ODYSSEO RETURNS TO TORONTO.
APRIL 8 TO MAY 17 You can lead a horse to water, or you can bring water to a horse. At least that’s what Cavalia’s Odysseo would have you believe. In the splashy finale of this spectacular show, 300,000 litres of water floods the stage, creating a man-made pond that’s promptly descended upon by galloping horses. It’s a show capper that aptly sums up both the graceful aesthetic and overall ambition of the performance, as well as the majestic creatures that are its stars.
It’s been three years since equine-oriented Cavalia was last in Toronto. Created by artistic director Normand Latourelle (who worked with Cirque du Soleil for several years), the Montreal-based troupe’s signature production is backdropped by a mammoth screen, whose changing landscapes set the scene for a number of dazzling vignettes: some feature acrobats and aerialists, others highlight stallions trotting in unison, and still others have horses and riders in dressage. A fluid score, incorporating everything from new-age music to African beats, transports audiences to exotic locales like the African savannah, the Sahara Desert, Mongolia, the Nordic glaciers and Easter Island.
Odysseo lacks a formal narrative, but it’s easy to simply sit back and appreciate the lush scenery and regal beauty of the steeds—not to mention the skill of the riders, acrobats, aerialists and dancers who share the stage with them. Viewers (even those who may not have an affinity for the equestrian) are sure to be mesmerized by a silks act that sees four performers inching to the ceiling of the big top, and the peaceful twang of an African harp waking up a team of horses.
Cavalia’s Odysseo is performed beneath the white big top at the Port Lands (at Commissoners and Cherry streets), Tuesday to Friday 8 p.m., Saturday 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m., $34.50 to $139.50; call 1-866-999-8111 or see cavalia.net to charge.