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Love horses? Cavalia’s Odysseo is galloping into Vancouver

Sure it’s only August but that doesn’t mean folks shouldn’t get a head start planning their schedule for the end of December. Especially for some of the larger touring productions that come to town — after all, they usually sell out pretty quickly.

Here’s one you should jump on fast: Cavalia returns to Vancouver this winter with a $30-million production called Cavalia’s Odysseo.

Once again, the show is powered by horses. Sixty- three of them, in fact. It also features 47 artists, some high-tech visual wizardry and a giant white tent.

Mounting this epic ode to man and horse (you see what I did there?) is Normand Latourelle, one of the four co-founders of Cirque du Soleil. So fair to say the performance bar is high. I saw Cavalia when it was here a couple of years back and, while I didn’t think it quite reached the usual Cirque standard of excellence, it was a stunning production, nonetheless.

Tickets for Odysseo range from $29.50 to $139.50 (plus taxes/fees); or you can opt for the Rendez-Vous package ($139.50 to $209.50), which gets you the best seats in the house, a pre-show buffet dinner, open bar, desserts at intermission and a post-show stable visit. Tickets are on sale now at cavalia.net.

Chan Centre announces new season

We’re already in fall/winter preview mode (kind of depressing, right?) so let’s keep it going with the announcement of the Chan Centre’s 2013/14 season. First off, it’s Kronos at 40 (Oct. 19), which will feature new work by the incredible Kronos Quartet, co-commissioned by the Chan Centre in honour of the group’s 40th anniversary.  Composer Philip Glass will also give an exclusive lecture to ticket holders before the show.  Tickets start at $36. Then, on Oct. 27, it’s the soulful voice of Mariza, who sold-out the place in 2009. Tickets start at $36. And lest we forget African artist Rokia Traoré, who graces the Centre’s stage Nov. 7. Again, tickets start at $36. More information at chancentre.com.

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