We had the honor of attending our very first experience seeing Cavalia: Odysseo last night in Scottsdale, AZ thanks to our blog partners at Cavalia. It was beautiful and unique! We really didn’t know what to expect but it was such an amazing show. We were treated to the Rendez-Vous VIP package which included great seats, a full meal, drinks, dessert AND (my favorite part) an exclusive visit to the stables after the show.
“Cavalia: Odysseo is a breathtaking theatrical production that expands the definition of performance into an epic yet soulful experience, is returning to Scottsdale with a more impressive version of its exceptional show that marries the equestrian arts and stage arts.
The $30 million production has grown considerably in size and scope over the last few years without losing its soul. The new scenic space now includes a full three-story high mountain built with 10,000 tons of earth. The integration of additional horses and artists has resulted in many magical, never-before-seen moments.”
The set or “scenic space” as they describe it really is incredible! The live music, lights and scenery combined with the gorgeous animals and special effect truly makes for a unique show.
Tickets are pretty comparable to Vegas shows (except you don’t have to travel to Vegas to see it). You can check availability on Cavalia’s site.
The prices range from $39.50 to $169.50 + applicable fees. For a memorable outing, the Rendez-Vous VIP package offers the best seats in the house, a full meal buffet dining before the show, open bar, desserts during intermission and an exclusive visit to the stables after the show. This unique VIP experience takes place in a tent alongside the White Big Top. The Rendez-Vous VIP package prices range from $154.50 to $289.50 + applicable fees. Special pricing and packages are also available for groups of 12 spectators and more. Tickets for Cavalia Odysseo are available at www.cavalia.com/scottsdale/ or by calling 1-866-999-8111.
There aren’t many offers for discounted tickets but check out Goldstar to see if they have any available as I’ve seen some for specific show dates pop up here and there.
If you’re like my boys and love to learn fun facts about your experiences. Here are some that Cavalia shared with us:
THE FOUR-LEGGED STARS
- Cavalia Odysseo features 70 horses of 12 different breeds including Appaloosa, Arabian, Canadian Horse, Holsteiner, Lusitano, Paint Horse, Percheron Hanoverian Cross, Quarter Horse, Selle Français, Thoroughbred, Spanish Purebred (P.R.E.) and Warlander.
- The horses are from Spain, Portugal, France, Germany, Australia, the United States and Canada.
- The average age of the horses is 9 with the youngest at 6 and the oldest at 14.
- Cavalia Odysseo has a 20-person stables team consisting of trainers, veterinarian, health technicians, groomers and a farrier to create a comfortable environment and provide daily health care, grooming and activities.
- The stable team works from 7:00 am to midnight every day.
- Each day, the groomers brush the horses with a rubber curry to activate their blood circulation. They also treat the horses’ feet and hydrate them with grease.
- Each horse has its own bridle and soft bites.
- Each year, 73,000 bags of wood chips are used. Shavings in each box are changed every day for the comfort of the horses.
- There are 10 oversized showers in the stables. Each horse gets his share of pampering, including shower, and grooming.
- Every night, after each show, horses are braided so their mane stays healthy, long and shiny.
- A program of stretching and gymnastic is part of their daily routine.
- The horses go outside in the paddocks every day where they roam and play and enjoy the weather.
- The horses each have a designated box with ample space to stretch, lie down, sprawl out, roll and relax.
- The riders spend a lot of time with their horses. Cavalia Odysseo’s horse training is based upon a philosophy of understanding the needs, the preferences and the emotions of the four-legged stars. The tone of the show, embraced by the entire company, is one of mutual respect, kindness, patience, and trust.
- The performance aspect for each horse lasts roughly 12 minutes. The rest of their daily activities include warm-up, grooming and free time.
- 8 meals are provided per day: 5 meals of hay and 3 meals of grain.
- 15,000 bales of hay and 70,400 pounds of grains are consumed per year.
- On Sunday evening, the horses receive special treats. On the menu: apples and carrots.
- Each horse has a diet based on their individual needs.
- Linseed oil is added to their food to moisturize their mane and skin.
Several of you commented on Facebook that you had been to a show and loved it! I can see why – the ending was our favorite part but I don’t want to spoil it for you if you go 😉