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Monday, December 5, 2011

New show is ‘like a million-piece puzzle’Confident Canadian convinced fans will come to this creation.


Artistic director Normand Latourelle has shared a lot of spaces with horses since launching “Cavalia” in 2003

By Howard Pousner

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Saturday, December 3, 2011

After James Cameron attended a Southern California performance of “Cavalia” last year, he gave the equine and acrobatic extravaganza a review greater than the proverbial two thumbs up. The “Avatar” director told artistic director Normand Latourelle that he thought his big top show was nothing less than the future of entertainment.
A longtime admirer of Cameron’s work, Latourelle was stunned and asked why. While movies are becoming increasingly computer-reliant, he recalls the movie producer-director telling him, “What you do is for real. You can’t cheat. The horses are there, the humans are there, they have to share a space. ... And this is happening in front of your very eyes.”
A co-founder of Cirque du Soleil, Montreal native Latourelle has shared a lot of spaces with horses since launching “Cavalia” in 2003, and he believes there is a powerful connection between man and the four-legged creatures.



A still from “Odysseo,” the new “Cavalia” spectacle that will be performed under the big white top in Midtown. The show opens Wednesday.In “Odysseo,” the “Cavalia” sequel that opens Wednesday under the white big top at a site in Midtown, man and horse gallop off on a journey though beautiful projected landscapes from around the world. It opened to positive reviews in the troupe’s home city of Montreal before traveling here to launch a multiyear tour.
We asked the 56-year-old Latourelle, who speaks with a potent French accent and pauses often to find the right English words to translate what he’s thinking, to discuss the inspirations behind his ode to nature.read more: http://www.ajc.com/lifestyle/new-show-is-like-1250145.html


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