Rain on the Hoof

Ten years ago, Cirque du Soleil's Normand Latourelle formed his own production, Cavalia, adding spirited equestrian performance to the foofy acrobat equation. This year, it's Cavalia Odysseo, with a stage the size of 1.5 hockey rinks and an 80,000-gallon lake under a 10-story tent that has more technical capacity than any theater.

Why a lake? Well, it looks way cool in the videos. The horses (up to 32 at once) have beaucoup room to run, and the huge LED backdrop makes you feel you're really in the forest with druids or on the desert with nomads, etc. We were disappointed to learn that the carousel dropping from the sky has the usual fake steeds on it -- but hey, would you get on that thing?
Fri., Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 26, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun., Jan. 27, 2 p.m.; Tue., Jan. 29, 7:30 p.m.; Wed., Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 2, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 3, 2 p.m.; Tue., Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 9, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 10, 2 p.m., 2013

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Julie has written for the Night & Day events calendar section since 2005. As a student at Arizona State, she received the Glendon and Kathryn Swarthout Creative Writing Award and the Theatre Medallion of Merit.
Contact: Julie Peterson