In Cavalia’s ‘Odysseo,’ wild horses could take your breath away

credit: Pascal Ratthé
The stage is meant to feel like a playground to the horses. Credit: Pascal Ratthé

Sixty-seven horses won’t fit on just any stage (moreover, they won’t fit on many stages), so the creative team behind Cavalia’s “Odysseo” built the largest big top tent in the world beneath which to stage their show.

“First, we wanted the horses to feel like the stage is a playground,” says show creator Normand Latourell. “The second reason for such a huge stage is that we wanted to recreate nature.”

A digital backdrop the size of three Imax theater screens projects landscapes ranging from dense forests to sweeping canyons across the giant stage.

The production, which Latourell calls “a marriage between acrobatics and equestrian arts,” depicts the history of humankind. But why use horses to tell this story?

“Horses have been a part of our world for 5,000 years,” he explains. “Looking at the history of the horse is looking at the history of humanity. It was easy to create a show around that. Of course, in the show, there’s nothing easy.”

“It’s like ‘Cirque du Soleil’ with horses,” says Latourell, when asked to describe “Odysseo” in a nutshell. Latourell is an original “Cirque du Soleil” cofounder, so he knows what he’s talking about.

In one feat, a herd of stallions — a notoriously stunning but unruly breed — moves fluidly, and rather miraculously, as one being.

“You get to see the horses totally free. They have no halter, no saddle, but they move in kind of a ballet choreography,” explains the creator, who believes that horses are “the most beautiful animal on Earth.”

If you go

“Odysseo”
Aug. 7-18
White Big Top
201 Assembly Square Dr., Somerville
$34.50-$220, 866-998-8111
cavalia.net



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
News

Turkey: Voting begins in country's first direct presidential…

Some 53 million people are able to vote in the election, including 2.8 million citizens abroad. Until now, Turkish presidents were elected by parliament.

News

Libya seeks ceasefire as south Tripoli a militia…

By Patrick Markey and Aziz El YaakoubiTRIPOLI (Reuters) - Black plumes of smoke marked shell blasts and bulldozed earthen barricades mapped out the frontlines around…

Breaking: News

Russia mad about sanctions, says U.S. contributing to…

Russia reacted angrily on Saturday to additional sanctions imposed by the European Union over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis, saying they would hamper cooperation…

National

Mutant worms stay sober, even on alcohol

U.S. researchers have developed "mutant worms" that do not get drunk by alcohol, a breakthrough that could lead to new treatment for people trying to quit drinking

Television

'Game of Thrones' livens up Comic Con with…

By Piya Sinha-RoySAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Laughter and death did battle on Friday at HBO's "Game of Thrones" panel at Comic Con, one of the…

Movies

Review: Brett Ratner's big 'Hercules' movie is small…

The latest "Hercules," starring Dwayne Johnson as the half-god beefcake of Greek myth, strips its hero and tale of most of its fantastical elements.

Arts

Scientists recreate world's smallest Monet copy

Scientists have reproduced a famous Impressionist painting using nano-printing, to create what has been described as the world's smallest work of art. Reworked at the…

Television

Jerry Seinfeld is ambidextrous, and other Reddit AMA…

See some of the weirder highlights of Jerry Seinfeld's recent Reddit AMA.

U.S. Soccer

Orlando City takes shot at NYCFC over Frank…

Orlando City reminded the world how big a signing Brazilian star Kaka earlier this month with a photo of Kaka mobbed by fans juxtaposed against Lampard.

NBA

Jeremy Lin says 'Linsanity' is over as he…

Jeremy Lin lit up the NBA two years ago with his play for the Knicks but he has no desire to recreate "Linsanity" in his new career with the Lakers.

NFL

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player…

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player rankings

U.S. Soccer

NYCFC announce signing of Frank Lampard

The tease of a big signing Thursday by new MLS side NYCFC ended up being one rumored for weeks. England midfielder Frank Lampard agreed to…

Tech

Forget Wi-Fi: Li-Fi could be the future

Li-Fi technology – developed by Mexican company Sisoft – is wireless internet connectivity using specialized LED light.

Tech

Weather app Climendo might be the most accurate…

The wait for a truly accurate weather forecast could finally be over thanks to a nifty new app called Climendo.

Tech

Napkin Table puts focus off the phone and…

Michael Jan, a design student at Tunghai University in Taiwan, has invented a serviette-picnic blanket hybrid called the Napkin Table.

Style

Essie's new Color Boutique

Essie launches high-tech kiosks at major airports and malls across the country.