Members of the Miami press turned out today for a first visit under the colossal White Big Top of Odysseo, the new show by Cavalia Inc. whose Miami premiere will take place February 29, 2012, in Bicentennial Park. Standing 125 feet tall, the Big Top covers more than 100,000 square feet - bigger than an NFL football field.
“For our all-new show, we’ve redefined the space completely,” explained Normand Latourelle, President and Artistic Director of Cavalia Inc. “I wanted the stage to be completely free of masts and obstructions, giving our creative team the freedom to design any scene they could imagine for our two- and four-legged performers.”
Borrowing structurally from cathedrals, the Big Top’s innovative architects and engineers used exterior arches to open up the interior. As a result, not only can the structure support as much acrobatic and stage equipment as the best-equipped permanent theaters in the world, but in this vast space Odysseo’s 50 artists and 71 horses can play, run, dance jump and twirl to their heart’s content. “Odysseo is a feel-good show,” added Mr. Latourelle. “In these difficult, troubled times, Odysseo is a two-hour departure that expresses something gentle, even tender – the joy of sharing our space with horses, a partner of humanity for ages.”
“We are honored to co-present Odysseo – Cavalia’s innovative, new show that pays tribute to nature and the breathtaking landscapes horses have helped humans to discover around the globe,” said Adrienne Arsht Center’s Vice President of Marketing, Andrew Goldberg. “This co-presentation underlines our commitment to bring the world’s most exciting and innovative artists and presentations to Miami.”
With this new creation, Cavalia marries the equestrian arts, stage arts and high-tech theatrical effects at never-before-seen levels. A veritable revolution in live performance, Odysseo comprises a list of superlatives: the world’s largest touring big top, the biggest stage (27,000 square feet), the most beautiful visual effects, and the greatest number of horses at liberty. Despite the grandeur, every one of the 2,290 seats offers an excellent, unobstructed and intimate view of this feast for the eyes that succeeds in delivering the spectacular with soul.
For its exclusive run in Miami, Odysseo will be presented under the White Big Top at Bicentennial Park in downtown Miami. Tickets are on sale now from $49.50 to $119.50 + applicable fees. For guests who desire an extraordinary outing, the show can be customized for an extended experience from $159.50 to $219.50, including a Horse Lovers Package that lets patrons tour the Cavalia stables after the show, and the VIP Rendez-Vous Package which includes a tour of the stables after the show, a cocktail/dinner reception and much more. Special pricing is also available for children (2-12), juniors (13-17), and senior citizens (65+). For ticket information, please visit www.cavalia.net or call 1-866-999-8111.
About Cavalia Inc.
Headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, Cavalia Inc. operates two separate touring shows, Cavalia and Odysseo, both of which marry the equestrian arts, stage arts and high-tech theatrical effects at never-before-seen levels. Cavalia, seen by some 3.5 million people across North America and Europe since its 2003 debut, celebrates the relationship between humans and horses by loosely recounting the evolution of this bond. Odysseo, which premiered in autumn 2011, takes the next step, leading viewers on a journey through some of the breathtaking landscapes horses have helped humans discover around the globe. Follow Cavalia Inc.’s latest developments at www.twitter.com/cavalia or www.facebook.com/cavalia.
About the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County
The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is made possible by the public support of the Miami-Dade County Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council and the City of Miami Omni Community Redevelopment Agency. The Adrienne Arsht Center also receives generous support from local, state and national foundations, as well as private contributions to the Adrienne Arsht Center Foundation through corporate and individual giving, Visionary Society membership and the Encore Circle major gifts programs.
The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is one of the world’s leading performing arts organizations and venues. Made possible by Miami-Dade County’s largest ever public/private-sector partnership, the Center is home to the Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet and New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy. In addition, numerous South Florida arts organizations perform in its theaters regularly. Since opening in 2006, the Center has emerged as a leader in offering and presenting innovative programming that mirrors South Florida’s diversity, as a catalyst for development in Miami, and as a host of impactful community outreach and education programs. Visit www.arshtcenter.org for more information.