Cavalia: Odysseo comes to Irvine

The White Top for Odessa erected near Irvine Spectrum. (Jeff Gritchen/OC Register)

By ARIANA APOSTOL
Staff Writer

Cavalia, the equestrian and performing arts show, has put on performances in Irvine since February 20.

The performances take place at the junction of the I-405 and the SR-133. Ticket prices range from $40 to roughly $250 and can be purchased online through the Cavalia website.

This is Cavalia’s second production, entitled Odysseo, and has toured since fall of 2011.

Although the touring group is similar to the Cirque du Soleil corporation, Cavalia is separate from the circus and aims to entertain audiences of all ages through its use of horses, multidisciplinary performers and high-tech theatrical effects.

The company’s first performance was “Cavalia: A Magical Encounter Between Human and Horse,” which toured in Canada beginning in 2003.

Odysseo features 65 horses and 45 performers which lead the spectator on a great journey in a world of dreams where, together, they discover some of the planet’s most unforgettable landscapes, according to their website.

The set boasts the largest touring tent in the world and covers 48,000 square feet, requiring 10,000 tons of dirt, stone and sand to build.

Odysseo will have performances in Irvine from February 20 until February 28.

Haley Edwards (Fr.), who attended the show recently, said, “The show was amazing. It was so cool I couldn’t look away.”

 

Correction: February 29, 2016

Because of an editing error, a sentence and subhead in February’s issue incorrectly stated that Cavalia was a branch of the Cirque du Soleil  corporation. Cavalia has no affiliation with Cirque du Soleil and remains a separate entity.

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