Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Must-Do With the Kids: 'Odysseo' by Cavalia

This week, CC has been so excited about knowing how to spell "magnificent." It's a big, grand word and definitely something for a third grader to be proud of spelling.

And when I think of "magnificent" lately, I think of Cavalia and the equestrian performance company's latest show "Odysseo," now playing under the white big top in Irvine through March 27.

Will and I caught the premiere earlier this month, and once again I was blown away by the beauty of unfettered horses and their respectful and ethereal riders. My 3-year-old son, while sometimes fidgety as preschoolers are, was still enthralled by the performances, too.

"Where are the horses? Where are the horses?" he asked when they'd run or trot off stage.

It's such a gorgeous show, and the stage -- a seemingly vast landscape underneath the big white tent -- creates the illusion that the audience is outdoors, watching as artists dance, perform gymnastics and whisper to horses amid thunderous rain storms and beautiful open skies. That's thanks to a talented design team and a huge LED screen behind the main area.

And, of course, the 65 horses.

If you're not familiar with Cavalia, the theatrical and equestrian-centered entertainment company is based in Montreal, Canada, and blends special effects, live performance and high tech to create its unusually magical shows.

CC and I have caught two previous shows when they arrived in Burbank, and I am still blown away by the otherworldly feel of the performances.

Luckily, Cavalia has extended its dates through March 27, and it's definitely a must-see!


Under The White Big Top
16576 Laguna Canyon Rd
Irvine, California, 92603
Tickets: Starting at $44.50 for adults; $39.50 for teens; and $29.50 for kids ages 2-12
Playing through March 27

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