It has been branded as “The Best Show Ever.” Cavalia’s Odysseo has been scheduled open in Nashville for two and a half weeks of performances.
“We call this show Odysseo because it’s a journey where horse and man go together to discover the most beautiful landscape in the world,” Normand Latourelle, founder and artistic director of Cavalia, said.
The show has 65 horses of 12 different breeds, as well as 50 human performers who bring the set to life.
“Even if you think you don’t like theater or if you think you don’t like horses, you’ll find something in the show that will speak to you because it’s really so all-encompassing,” Jackie Ward Kehrwald, an aerialist with Odysseo, said.
The set is larger than a football field and is the largest traveling theatrical show in the world. It sports a three-story hill, a lake made of 40,000 gallons of recycled water, and an 18-ton merry-go-round.
"It’s twice the size of the last U2 tour or the Rolling Stones in terms of equipment,” Latourelle said.
While the set is impressive, the show is largely about the horses. They’re flown from location to location on a 747, and before every show, they’re given at least ten days to graze at a local farm.
Each horse spends an average of 12 minutes on the set, bringing joy to the audiences.
Due to the show’s success in pre-sales, the performances have been extended a week, and the shows will last until September 17.
Opening night was set for Wednesday, August 30. Tickets can be purchased through the show’s website, Cavalia.com.