Saturday, March 9, 2013

Cavalia's ODYSSEO! The Best Show On Four Hooves! Fun Facts

 
 
If you haven't heard, the Best Show On Four Legs has come to Los Angeles! Cavalia's Odysseo, is a blend of theatre, ballet, acrobatic arts and equestrian wonder! A partnership between our four-legged companions and the powerful bond they share with their two-legged partners that is a must see!


The natural movements compiled with the high-tech special effects makesfor a mind bending dream-like show. The show includes a never before attempted onstage, 80,000 gallon lake and a real life carrousel! Anyone that is horse-crazy or can appreciate the beautiful rhythms of the horse should not miss this. 67 horses are used with 11 breeds including Appaloosas, Arabians and Lusitanos.
 
 
Photo Credit: JF Leblanc

Some fun facts about the show include:

* 67 horses

* 11 different breeds including, Appaloosa's, Arabian's, Canadian's, Lusitano's, Oldenburg's, Paint's, Quarter Horses, Spanish Purebred(P.R.E.), and Warmblood's
 
          Photo Credits: François Bergeron
* The horses come from Canada, France, Nederlands, Portugal, Spain, and The United States.

* 43 Artists- riders, musicians, acrobats, aerialists, and dancers.
* The artists come from around the world including United States, Brazil, Canada, France, Guinea(Africa), Russia, Spain, and the
Ukraine.
          Photo Credits: François Bergeron
* There are 350 costumes and over 100 pairs of shoes and boots for the show. Artists may have to change costumes up to 7 times!

* An artist may have no more than 90 seconds to change for their next number.

* A team of 20 artisans, including 4 cutters, 12 dressmakers, one property master, and one shoemaker worked in the Cavalia Studios to create the costumes.

* Materials used in the costumes include, linen, silk, cotton, leather, and some imitation fur. The use of natural fibers gives the clothing a sheen and falls in a way that synthetic material cannot match.
 
                Photo Credit: Pascal Ratthé
* The costumes are adapted to the artists needs, especially those of the acrobats and riders, to facilitate their onstage movement while not compromising their appearance.
 
* The on-tour costume department consists of 1 wardrobe person and 3 dressers who launders, mends, and cares for the costumes. At times, they have to juggle 15 simultaneous wardrobe changes. They have 2 sewing machines, one shoe repair machine, and one overlock machine.
 
All pictures are curtesy of Cavalia, Odysseo and cannot be reproduced or altered in any way without permission.

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