Cavalia Odysseo

There is never a shortage of theatre and live entertainment shows in Toronto so it can be difficult to decide what to see. Recently Toronto Mom Now attended a sold out performance of Cavalia’s Odysseo and words cannot explain how mesmerizing and unqiue this show really is.

Set under Cavalia’s huge big top tent on the waterfront Odysseo is not just a show for horse lovers, we would recommend it to anyone who enjoys theatrical live entertainment and we especially enjoyed the well choreographed acrobatics. Think Cirque du Soleil meets a live animal show with African dancers and surreal visuals.There have been some mixed reviews about this show because there’s a couple of classic horse rider stunt moves that are not included in the performance and some reviewers have also reported the acrobatic sequences out of sync. On the evening Toronto Mom was at the show, there were no out of sync moments to report and as untrained horse fans, the horse and rider moves were quite impressive.

Other highlights of the show included an excellent cast of professional musicians who performed the soundtrack to the show so well, you would have thought you were hearing music played on CD, if it weren’t for a few moments where a beautiful operatic singer performed centre stage.

The show takes place in two hour long sets with a half hour intermission in between. While this sounds a little long, it does make you feel as though it’s worth the price of admission. We would also recommend Odysseo to just about any age group so if you have budding young theatre or horse lovers, this is the show to see.

Meet and Greet

Toronto Mom Now had a great time at Cavalia’s Odyesso and if you don’t mind paying more for the complete experience, their VIP packages are totally worth their value. From dinner before the show to the intermission snacks and best of all, meeting the performers and visiting the horse stables after the show.

We found out that all of Cavalia’s horses come from a ranch where they live year round in Quebec’s country side and we saw first hand that the riders have a strong connection to the animals they care for.

Meeting the performers was great because they were able to tell us about the many months of training and prep that it takes to put together a show of this nature and it was also reassuring to hear about how well taken care of the animals are.

Overall Cavalia’s Odysseo is a unique show that is sure to entertain. If you’re not a horse lover but you do love live theatre, we would still suggest this is a show not to miss so look out for more of Cavalia’s productions in the future.

Melissa Bessey

Toronto Mom Now City Manager Melissa Bessey is an entertainment journalist, publicist and an active urban mother of three. She is an accomplished professional visual artist and graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design. Her areas of expertise include arts and culture, education and parenting. Melissa's writing, editing and photography have appeared in BlogTO, The National Post, Women`s Post, 24hrs, Exclaim, Sway Magazine and more.

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