By Annie Kinnett Nichols

I have one word to sum up Cavalia’s new show, Odysseo: transcendent. My daughter had two: majestic beauty. We were truly blown away by Odysseo, which continues through Jan. 8 under the massive white tent on Spring Street in Midtown.

I tend to avoid the circus when it comes to town because of the treatment of animals, but the Cavalia troop prides itself on taking the utmost care of its 69 beautiful prancing, dancing, jumping and running horses. I don’t know how these horses do what they do, but they looked extremely happy, relaxed, proud and exquisite. Of course I can’t read horses’ thoughts, but it seemed as if they were tightly bonded to each other and the trainers/performers.

There is no dialogue, but plenty of beautiful music and a crack acrobatic team that works with the horses. You really have to see it yourself. There’s one scene where the horses are pretending to be asleep and curled up with a single performer. They all suddenly wake up, roll around in the hay then proceed to play with the performer. It will give you goose bumps.

There’s a loose story to the performance, which is enhanced by state-of-the art 3D visuals that transport the audience around the world. The tent is very intimate even though it was packed last night. There’s really not a bad seat in the house. I  can’t stress how wonderful this show is and really is perfect for all ages.

Tickets and information: http://www.cavalia.net/en/odysseo

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

4 replies on “Review: Cavalia’s ‘Odysseo’ is transcendent”

  1. Forget Odysseo this year. don’t buy tickets if you felt the majesty, the mystique, the power, the surreal human-animal, horse magic bond. Cavalia 2010 found this emotion and connection and displayed it with a variety of soft romance and action packed thrills. This year’s Odysseo is an excellent display of human tumbling gymnasts. The set is excellent. But where were the horses of Cavalia? Big Miss for me.

  2. Forget Odysseo this year. don’t buy tickets if you felt the majesty, the mystique, the power, the surreal human-animal, horse magic bond. Cavalia 2010 found this emotion and connection and displayed it with a variety of soft romance and action packed thrills. This year’s Odysseo is an excellent display of human tumbling gymnasts. The set is excellent. But where were the horses of Cavalia? Big Miss for me.

  3. i disagree. there were 69 horses there. the whole thing was built around the horses and the amazing canadian humane treatment of the horses. it’s no wringling brother whipping frenzy. horses coming through the hills, frolicking in the water, it was beautiful and poetic the way the humans interacted with the horses. i unfortunately missed 2010 Cavalia so i can’t compare the two but what i saw was a breathtaking display of horse athleticism mixed with sweetness, almost acting from the horses. and peace of mind that the horses were loved and cared for.

  4. i disagree. there were 69 horses there. the whole thing was built around the horses and the amazing canadian humane treatment of the horses. it’s no wringling brother whipping frenzy. horses coming through the hills, frolicking in the water, it was beautiful and poetic the way the humans interacted with the horses. i unfortunately missed 2010 Cavalia so i can’t compare the two but what i saw was a breathtaking display of horse athleticism mixed with sweetness, almost acting from the horses. and peace of mind that the horses were loved and cared for.

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