About a week ago a wonderful friend of mine, Norma, invited me to go see Cavalia Odysseo with her.
On Wednesday it finally happened. I looked forward to it for days. I had seen Cirqu Du Soleil about 9 years ago but Cavalia has horses. Lots of horses.
In brief, I thought the show was incredible and beyond my wildest crazy horse filled dreams.
From driving up to the huge tent to a stable tour after the performance, I was impressed. I was even more blown away when my friend pointed out Norman, the creator, during intermission casually talking to people as they were leaving their seats. Norma, mentioned that he really was hands on with the entire show.
Once we were in our seats, with popcorn in hand we had to wait patiently until the show started.
The music, which was being played live in two balcony areas, began. A women was singing and the curtains opened. Beautiful horses came galloping into the arena. I got teary-eyed.
I actually got teary-eyed on numerous occasions during the show. A horse galloping freely or sharing a great bond with it’s rider can make me cry like a baby. It’s like my kryptonite.
Then these amazing gymnasticacrobaticspringy (best descriptive word I could use!)men from Paupa New Guniea would come out and do their thing. Trying to describe what they did can’t do it justice. I’m talking like numerous backflips in a row and sometimes even in ONE SPOT! I’m excited when I can just walk down the stairs and not fall.
Then there was another group of acrobats who mostly did the stuff from swinging rings and climbing silks, very Cirque du Soleil but also very spectacular.
The real stars were the horses and their significant human partners though. They didn’t do the most amazing, crazy, jaw dropping things like the acrobats, but for me they were the ones that stole my heart. You could see the bond between horse and human. The time spent with each other and the understanding even when things didn’t go as planned.
If a horse refused a jump it was a non-issue. They just turned around and tried again. At one point one of the horses got away from it’s “mini” herd and decided to join another one. At the appropriate moment the head trainer came out to assist and within mere seconds the horse was reunited with it’s correct “mini” herd. I have great admiration for people who can keep it together when things don’t got as planned, particularly in front of a large crowd and with a 1,200 pound animal.
When the show ended a couple hours later it was off to have a tour of the stable area. You could see the care that was given to each horse and being a horse owner, I know what that looks like! I didn’t want to leave the stable. It smelled of horses and hay and I could have crawled into a stall with one of those amazing animals and gone to sleep a happy girl. The thought of leaving my cushy desk job and joining the circus crossed my mind.
Seeing as that was not a feasible option at the moment though, I headed back home exhausted after a long day but my heart light with the amazing performance I got to see with Norma.