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Crew of over a hundred working behind the scenes at ‘Odysseo’

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From a three-dimensional forest to the deserts of Africa, Odysseo by Cavalia, the world's largest touring production, takes you on a journey to another world.

It takes more than a hundred people to pull it off! That includes everything from setting up the 70,000 square foot white top to installing the technical equipment.

Every element is necessary to transport people into a world of dreams.

Odysseo immerses the audience into nature and reveals the bond between man and horse.

“The idea of the show is about nature,” Technical Director Assistant Alexandre Dion explained. “The horse in nature and everything so we try to create an environment. All the light is designed to be natural like grass.”

Each scene carries the audience around the world, from a magical enchanted forest to the rolling hills of Africa.

The production team is behind every three-dimensional experience.

“It's the biggest touring show in the world so there's a lot on the line,” Dion said. “We have 250 moving lights, 18 projectors, the screen that makes the equivalent of three cinema screens. The stage is for the horse and it's special sand. Just the stage is 17,000 square foot and then we add 10,000 tons of mountain on top of it.”

The state-of-the-art video screen creates the illusion of a boundless stage as trick riders race across the land and artists dance under a sky of rolling clouds.

“There's the aerialist doing the act. All of the movement are created with the riggers. The rigger needs to follow the artist and make sure everything goes smooth,” Dion added.

The most challenging scene was during Odysseo's finale when the world is flooded with rain.

At the end of the show, we create a lake. It's 40.000 gallons of water,” Dion explained. “The lake is pretty much most challenging because at the same time it's the stage for the artists and horses to perform and it's a special effect in the show. Combine those three things is really difficult.”

It takes a talented special effects team to give audiences an unforgettable performance.

For more information on tickets and show times, visit the Odysseo page on

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