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Mississauga native riding high under big top with Cavalia

April 13, 2015
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TORONTO – 

Equestrian Amanda Orlowski never looked back after running away to join the circus.

The Mississauga native is now a star under the big top in Cavalia, the international horse extravaganza and acrobatic troupe performing Odysseo in Toronto.

“I dropped everything to join,” said Orlowski, 24, who has been a rider in the show for four years.

“I had a dog, a cat, a boyfriend and another job (at a vet clinic). Now my life is on the road. I love horses and this is my path.”

Her beginnings with Cavalia were humble, selling merchandise to audience members. It was a long way from her dream of donning grease paint and being on a mount in centre ring.

Orlowski worked her way up to becoming a groom for the 70 horses in the show.

Artistic director Normand Latourelle recalled how Orlowski approached him looking to join the troupe.

“I met her in the stable. Her dream was to be with horses and I thought she was talented and, based on that, I decided to give her a chance to make that happen,” said Latourelle, who sent her to Cavalia’s training school in France.

“When she came back from France, she was very talented and I made her part of the show.”

Orlowski, who started riding at the age of 10 in Schomberg, said her art isn’t something people are born with.

“We are taught all the disciplines, not all equestrians can do this job … get into character and become a four-legged and two-legged artist. The horse becomes a mirror of who you are,” she said.

There are 14 breeds of horses that make up the Odysseo’s unique stable.

One is the Canadian, a little known breed brought to the New World by Louis XIV. Once on the verge of extinction, there are now more than 2,000 Canadian horses in existence.

Orlowski rides five different horses in the show, but her favourite mount is Diamante, a seven-year-old Lusitano gelding from Portugal, who is used during the performances for dressage, jumping and Roman riding sequences.

Diamante was Orlowski’s mount in France during her two-year circus training at the Cavalia riding school.

“He is a bit of a character. Sometimes something will go wrong because he doesn’t feel like doing something, but the audience seems to understand,” she added.

Orlowski is now in training as a trick rider in the show.

The stunts include riding while standing on a galloping horse, hanging upside-down on one side or jumping on and off in a flat-out run.

“Working on trick riding can be dangerous because things can go wrong. We use a type of tight-wire method to stop from falling,” Orlowski said.

The show’s theme is a testament to the ancient relationship between men and horses.

Cher, a superstar and no stranger to the polished glitz of Las Vegas shows, has said she was blown away by the Cavalia performance.

“I have never seen anything like this in my life. It’s the only time I ever saw humans and animals seem like they were joined,” the singer is quoted saying in Cavalia material.

A series of visual wonders unfold with herds of horses, Orlowski said. “It’s a beautiful journey around the world visiting natural wonders with horses.”

The stage is designed to show a meadow with a hill in the background and backdrops of 3-D landscapes such as forests, deserts, savannahs and glaciers.

Tribal dancers perform acrobatic stunts, men with pogo-stick running blades mimic horses as they tumble in the air over fences, and a merry-go-round descends from above with dancers who perform stunts.

Orlowski said one of her favourite acts is when the troupe takes to the stage with untethered Arabians into a caravan and intricately weaves among each other over flats and hills.

“We all communicate as a team,” she said.

The show wraps as the stage fills with water from a mountain top waterfall as dozens of horses gallop, kicking up water with their manes flying.

“You don’t have to know anything about horses to enjoy the show and you will see things you didn’t think would be possible,” Orlowski added. “We have everything you could imagine.”

The $30-million production runs until Aug. 26 at 383 Lakeshore Blvd. E. in the Port Lands.

For more information go to www.cavalia.net.

kevin.connor@sunmedia.ca

Article source: http://www.torontosun.com/2015/04/12/mississauga-native-riding-high-under-big-top-with-cavalia

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