Sneak peek at long-anticipated Odysseo show opening Wednesday

Posted at 8:37 PM, Apr 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-20 12:23:24-04

SANDY, Utah - The world's largest traveling-tent performance opens to the public in Utah for the first time on Wednesday.

The internationally renowned show features some of the best acrobats, aerialists, riders and horses in the world.

"I wanted to make it a journey where horse and man travel through the most beautiful landscapes in the world," said Normand Latourelle, Cavalia Odysseo's artistic director and creator.

The tent itself, stands at 150 feet tall, and uses enough cable to stretch the length of the Golden Gate Bridge twice.

"We call it the monster," said Rebecca Ratte, a rider and aerialist in the show. "It still brings awe to me."

The show features 65 horses from nine different breeds. The horses get special treatment, flying first class in a 747 on trips that take longer than 10 hours. Once the horses arrive at the venues, they literally roll out the red carpet to escort them in.

Most shows last around two hours, and the venue holds about 2,000 people. If purchased before April 21, tickets start at $45 for kids, and $50 for adults, but prices go up after that.

The show plans to be here until at least May 15, but could stay longer depending on the demand.

"That's the beauty of a theater on wheels," Latourelle joked.