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Originally published Monday, November 18, 2013 at 12:09 AM

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Equine spectacular ‘Odysseo’ to arrive at Marymoor Feb. 26

“Cavalia,” the traveling production that features horses as well as human performers and combines them with stagecraft and special effects, is bringing a new $30 million production, “Odysseo,” and the big white tent to King County in the new year.


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Fans of “Cavalia,” the dreamy fantasia starring horses and riders, aerialists and musicians that unfolded in an extended run at Marymoor Park early last year, are in for another hoof-and-human spectacle. “Odysseo,” created by Cirque du Soleil co-founder Normand LaTourelle, will set up its white tent at Marymoor starting Feb. 26, 2014.

“Odysseo” features 63 horses, 47 performing artists from around the world, and a 17,500-square-foot stage under a tent rising 125 feet. The show “shines a light on a more humane world where human and horse may live in harmony,” according to LaTourelle, and uses computer graphics to create a journey winding through the world’s wild, open spaces — Mongolian steppes, Monument Valley, African savanna, and the Sahara Desert — portraying changing seasons, music and landscapes and the relationship humans share with their equine companions.

Behind, and under, the fantasy land are some remarkable real-world numbers:

• Eleven breeds are represented among the horses, including Arabian, Lusitano and Holsteiner;

• The show adorns performers in 350 costumes and 100 pairs of shoes/boots;

• 10,000 tons of sand and dirt are trucked in to create mountains and dunes on stage;

• Horses live on tour in a climate-controlled tent with tack shop and blacksmith department;

• 80,000 gallons of water form a waterfall, and then a lake, in the final number.

Tickets are available now, at 866-999-8111 or www.cavalia.net. Standard tickets are $34.50-$149.50; packages that include dinner and a post-show stable visit are $154.50-$229.50. Show opens Feb. 26 at Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E., Redmond.

Melissa Davis: 206-464-2506; mdavis@seattletimes.com; on Twitter @DuckMel



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