As part of the large touring production – a white tent has been raised in Nashville (near Opryland by Briley Parkway at exit 12), in preparation for the much-anticipated Tennessee debut of Odysseo.
Imagined by Normand Latourelle – one of the co-founders of Cirque du Soleil – the show will open under the gigantic White Big Top August 30, with matinee and evening shows scheduled through September 10.
This week, at the show’s site, Claudia Huskey (Senior Advisor to the Mayor of Nashville), Robert Swope (District 4 Council Member) and John Adams (Gaylord Opryland VP & Market General Manager) joined Normand Latourelle (Cavalia Founder and Artistic Director) for brief remarks about the excitement of bringing such a unique production to Music City. The group, along with Council Member Jerry Syracuse, cut the symbolic ribbon heralding the official arrival of the production in Nashville.
While the White Big Top rose to the sky, guests and members of the press toured the impressive site.
The eventual production will feature more than 100 horses, riders, acrobats, dancers, aerialists and musicians. Standing 125 feet tall and covering a surface area of 58,397 square feet – the size of a football field – the tent is to many residents of the area a mix of art and technology.