The White Big Top tent in the Soldier Field Parking lot went up about the same time that we started seeing the Cavalia billboards along local expressways. Our daughters were attracted to the gorgeous white horse on the billboard. We were intrigued by the tagline, “The Best Show Ever.”
The tent for Cavalia’s newest show, Odysseo, stands 125 feet tall and covers 58,7397 square feet, which is about the size of a football field. You can’t really understand how big that looks until you drive by on Lake Shore Drive. It’s massive up close and as you see it in the rearview mirror. The White Big Top really lives up to its name. It’s a custom mix of art, technology and advanced engineering designed by specialized companies in Europe and Canada. By removing the usual supporting masts from the stage and shifting the weight of the structure to the three arches above the tent, the custom White Big Top allows for more flexibility in the performance area.
The White Big Tent houses the largest touring production ever created incorporating horses, stage performances and high-technical theatrical effects. The Odysseo travelling theatre includes several unusual features such as a grandiose stage larger than the United Center ice rink; 10,000 tons of stone, earth and sand; a life-sized merry-go-round; and an 8,400 square foot screen projecting beautiful landscape images. The real stars are the 65 horses and 48 artists displaying their creative talent. A dozen different horse breeds are showcased throughout Odysseo. The video preview is as breathtakingly beautiful as you would hope from a troupe of this size and complexity.
This live action entertainment imagined by Normand Latourelle, Cavalia’s artistic director and founder, runs April 1 through April 23 with matinee and evening performances. When I read the press materials, I was amazed that there are three different locations running at the same time. In addition to the Chicago Odysseo show, the production is also running in Canada and China.
Tickets for the Chicago Odysseo production are now on sale at www.cavalia.com or by calling 1-866-999-8111. Adult tickets are priced from $34.50 to $144.50 (no service charge). Special pricing and packages also available for groups, children (2-12), juniors (13-17) and seniors (65+). For an extra special outing, the Rendez-Vous VIP package offers the best seats in the house, 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 $144.50 to $269.50 (no service charge). Don’t wait to get tickets for your preferred date. Cavalia’s Odysseo is sure to be the premiere family entertainment outing of the season.
Shari writes about life with twins at Two Times the Fun. White Big Top raising image courtesy of Odysseo by Cavalia. Photo by Keenan Newton.
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