This is a sponsored post – I received tickets to see Odysseo for Social Media week.
Odysseo! The horse show! So excited to see this.
See, I’m a city girl, I didn’t grow up around animals. I never milked a cow, never slopped a pig (is that a saying?) I didn’t even see my first real cow until I went to the Indiana State Fair in college. Um, I hiked a mountain in Colorado once! When I was like, 16, and that doesn’t really have anything to do with animals. So.
I can assure you then, I most definitely have never talked to, sat with, sat on or even ever touched a horse.
Horses were not a thing to me as a girl, they’ve always been elusive and beautiful and scary – much like the popular girls from high school.
So when I got the chance to see Odysseo, I jumped.
The Big Top is south of the Loop, in between Soldier Field and McCormick Place (I’m surprised Friends of the Parks let them set down here, HAHAHAHAHAH, kidding…oh man, I slay me) and the tent is HUGE.
I got to check out the Rendez-Vous VIP Package which was so nice. It was a chilly night by the lake and the VIP tent was cozy and warm. There was a gorgeous dinner buffet, drinks and popcorn for the show. Oh! And the best “set ’em up quick” bathrooms I’ve ever seen.
Walking into the theater for the show was a surprise, it was filled to the gills, but it wasn’t nearly as big as I had imagined. Quite intimate actually. We weren’t allowed to take photos during the show because people forget to turn off the flash and that bothers the horsies and please oh god, don’t bother the horsies! But we could take pics at the standing ovation.
The show was spectacular, all of a sudden a dozen horses on this not-as-big-as-you-thought-it-would-be stage and they’re running! FAST!
I have great fears and compassion for animals who lose it in human situations – so this was bananas! I was so scared and so excited and I think the word I’m searching for is “thrilling.” I had all sorts of backup plans of how I would escape when the horses went nuts…but that’s just me maybe.
The actors/dancers/horse riders were so serene and lovely and calm and there were beautiful moments of just human amazingness too. There was a carousel where they seem to float in the sky and a Pink-esque silk, dance piece that was so astounding I made incoherent noises of amazement through the whole thing.
A half-hour intermission, so plenty of time for a drink and some popcorn in the VIP tent. And I felt a little easier in the second half and it did not disappoint. At one point they flood (so slowly, you almost don’t notice it) the foreground of the stage and the horses all go galloping through water – it is so, you guessed it, thrilling!
Backstage at Odysseo:
After the performance we all went backstage to see the stables and the warm-up room (one for performers, one for horses) and then we got to go on stage! So fun and weird.
Odysseo was just gorgeous, a great way to spend an evening and if you’ve got the means, the VIP tent is totally the way to go.
*If you’re interested in purchasing tickets, here’s a link for a 15% off!