Wild horses couldn’t drag me away from Wednesday night’s opening of Odysseo, the new multi-media horse, of course, extravaganza under the big top at the Pepsi Center parking lot.
Despite my ever-tightening chest, an indication of how allergic I am to the magnificent creatures, I stayed the course ’til the last hoof had left the building.
The show opened to a crowd of 2,000 who – judging by the standing ovation at the end – were blown away by the blend of equestrian arts, performing arts and high-tech theatrical effects. Sharing the colossal stage with 46 riders, acrobats, aerialists and musicians, the 62 horses stole the spotlight during this blend of equine ballet and old-fashioned rodeo tricks.
The opening night also marked Odysseo’s 700th show since the inception of this equine spectacular in 2011.
“The entire troupe and myself felt a very warm welcome from the Denver audience”, said Normand Latourelle, Cavalia’s founder and artistic director. “With more than 1 million spectators having been touched by the beauty and majesty of Odysseo since the beginning of this colossal adventure, we are proud to finally present this feel-good show to Denver.”
With its latest creation, Cavalia pushes the limits of live entertainment with a 30-million dollar ode to horse and man imagined by Latourelle, one of the co-founders of Cirque du Soleil.
Odysseo offers evening and matinee performances through Oct. 5. Tickets are available at www.cavalia.net or by calling 1-866-999-8111.