WORK FIELD TRIP: Ran off to the circus!
Julia Cameron calls this an Artist Date, I prefer Work Field Trip.
I’ve already mentioned how the invitation to attend the Premiere Event for Cavalia’s Odysseo in Irvine this weekend already fulfilled my dreams! This show, and this assignment, took me on a creative journey magically stirring something awake in my soul. When I received another invitation to attend press preview day, I immediately accepted this gift.
As with many favorite childhood trips, my experience started from the freeway once I spotted the flags atop the tent. The idea that the largest touring show in the world sat on land where nothing existed a week before astounded me.
I mingled with other bloggers, press, and VIP guests. Though many were there for an assignment, most bubbled over with passion for horses, music or art.
The show itself was more spectacular and high-energy than expected. The beauty of the show overwhelmed me and invigorated all of my senses. Each act flowed into the next gracefully – even the 18-ton merry-go-round!.
Even more amazing, we received behind-the-scenes access from Odysseo’s Founder, Normand Latourelle.
He explained that computers traditionally direct musical cues for a show of this caliber. Because this show features live animals with individual temperaments, this show’s cues come from a live director. With the timing of so many seemingly death-defying acts, timing was crucial.
The live music added a delicate veil of beauty to our experience.
Conversations with performers brave enough to leap from their career paths to follow their passion truly inspired me. One performer studied marine biology before attending circus school, another hoped to earn money while studying for the Bar exam. Some turned their professional riding into performance careers.
Most people I know dreamed of joining the circus at least once in their lives. The nomadic family lifestyle mixed with the artistic beauty and danger of a circus mystify and entrance us.
Normand pointed out what I feel represents the true beauty of the show: With the many different breeds and cultures represented here, everyone gets along. They believe that peace is best for a beautiful show. It’s been thrilling spending my hours on a “job” submersed in such creativity and such beauty.