Ever since I saw the big white tents go up I had been dying to go to Cavalia Odysseo. Last time they came, I was lucky enough to go and it was unbelievable! I hadn’t seen anything like it before and I couldn’t stop thinking about it long after the tents had come down. After knowing about how rare, and exciting that experience was, I knew I needed to go again. However, with a limited allowance, I wasn’t sure how I was going to be able to make it happen. Last time my puppy dog face was enough to win my Mom over, but I don’t think that will work on her anymore. Just as I had given up asking, my amazing friends at BLUSH Vancouver stepped in and made my dream come true.
On the night of the show, we headed towards the bright lights of the big top, which is located right on the Seawall right next to Vancouver’s Olympic Village. Even before we got to the tents, I could feel the bubbles of excitement filling my belly. As we entered I was shocked at how big it was, it looked two times larger on the inside! The air was filled with the warm aroma of popcorn and cotton candy. As we were lead to our seats I could feel the buzz of excitement in the crowd.
When we sat down you could see it didn’t really matter which seats you had as the arena was set up so everyone got a great view. The stage was very intimate and small, in fact, when the show started it felt like at any moment one of the horses was going to jump out of the ring and into the audience. Sadly, they didn’t and I had to do try my hardest not to run up part way through the show and go pet one of the horses, they were so close.
This time Cavalia brought more human entertainers, and the show had lots of acrobats leaping across the stage, with people doing flips higher than I thought was humanly possible. It had a very fun, carnival feel as the men and women whooped and whipped up the crowd. The horses, of course, were amazing, and seeing unbridled horses being commanded only by voice was incredible.
Halfway through the show, the stage opened, revealing a larger arena with a sweeping hill. The costumes and the mood of the show changed from being circus-like to a more ethereal and romantic performance. The acrobats now glided through the air on white silks, and the horses did more dainty footwork including lots of dressage.
The performers now wore beautiful flowing gowns. At one part, things seemed so much like Lord of the Rings, I was half expecting Legolas to come running over the hill. He didn’t, but that didn’t make it any less magical.
I know I will never forget the show, and I also recommend seeing as many Cirque de Soleil shows you can!
Thanks for reading! I look forward to writing more about my adventures soon.
(All amazing images provided by Cavalia)