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A photographer visits the Odysseo big top in advance of the show's Toronto premiere

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Acrobat Lucas Tormin-Mendonca soars through the air with the help of spring-loaded stilts during a warmup for Cavalia's Odysseo, a big-top horse and acrobatics extravaganza that premieres in Toronto on Tuesday, May 15.

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The big-top-style tent for Cavalia's Odysseo nears completion next to Lake Ontario in downtown Toronto.

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Show rider Elise Verdoncq has her makeup applied by makeup designer Jessica Manzo. According to the show's website, Odysseo features "the world’s largest touring big top, the biggest stage . . . and the greatest number of horses at liberty."

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A horse gets its mane braided while being groomed for the show.

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According to the Odysseo website, the show features 69 horses, or, as they call them, "equine performers."

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An equine performer puts on a smile for the camera.

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