Cavalia’s “Odysseo” opened Saturday in Camarillo under the big top at the base of the Conejo Grade. The Star’s Juan Carlo was there, and here’s what he saw.

Cavalia, the Cirque du Soleil-style equestrian extravaganza, will return to Scottsdale Feb. 21 for an open-ended run starring 65 show horses splashing through an artificial lake and comin’ ’round an artificial mountain under a giant white Big Top.

Tickets for “Odysseo,” the second show produced by the Montreal-based company, are available now. The $39.50-$129.50 price range (plus fees) represents a discount of up to 15 percent, the company says. Orders may be placed at 866-999-8111 or, and the presale will last at least two weeks.

The exact location for the 125-foot-tall Big Top will be announced “soon,” according to a press release.

Created by Cirque co-founder Normand Latourelle, Cavalia debuted in 2003 (under the name “Voltige”) as a spectacle featuring acrobats both equine and human as well as multimedia, music, dance and eye-popping set pieces. Touring as “Cavalia: A Magical Encounter Between Human and Horse,” the show first came to Scottsdale in 2005 for a run that was initially announced for five days and ended up lasting eight weeks.


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“Odysseo” has been touring since 2011 and played in Scottsdale for more than a month in 2012-13. But Cavalia has continued to expand the production. The 17,500-square-foot stage includes a mountain rising three stories and made of 10,000 tons of earth and stone, while giant video screens create the illusion of vast landscapes from around the globe.

In addition to the horses — representing 12 breeds including Arabians, Appaloosas, Thoroughbreds and Warlands — the cast includes 50 riders, acrobats, dancers and musicians.

In 2012, The Republic’s reviewer, Barbara VanDenburgh, wrote: “‘Odysseo’ soars highest when it celebrates the raw physical possibilities of both creatures. Of course, the humans have to try a little harder to inspire the same sense of awe. Acrobats dazzle, stringing together up to a dozen backflips; aerialists swoop and twirl from hoops and silk; shirtless men bound across the stage and through the air on stilts.

“In one of the show’s most visually stunning sequences, an enormous carousel descends from the big top, and acrobats perform arresting displays of strength and balance from its poles as the carousel turns.”


Stable tour offers a glimpse of the Odysseo daily routine and the care provided to the horses.


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