Cavalia to take 210,000 pound dump on Midtown

By on December 13, 2011

Photo courtesy of Cavalia Odysseo

The thrills, chills and spills of a 70-horse show forces company to adopt ‘horse manure management.’

After watching Cavalia-Odysseo’s show-stopping sequences that blend six foot two African acrobats, eye popping visuals and a magnificent equestrian ballet, a thought occurred to us: where does Cavalia put all the horse crap?

Cavalia’s 100,000-square-foot big top tent soaring 125 feet above a midtown parking lot isn’t exactly compost heaven.

Turns out, Cavalia ships the manure to various composts around the state to be recycled.

Each day, Cavalia’s 70 horses produce enough manure to fill a 30 yard dumpster, according to Duncan Fisher, tour director at Cavalia.

A 30 yard dumpster holds 30 cubic yards of waste and the common dumpster dimensions for a 30 yard dumpster are 22 feet long by 8 feet wide by 6 feet, according to Home Town Dumpster rental.

If Cavalia has 60 shows like it did when it was at Atlantic Station in 2009, its horses will produce 1,800 cubic yards or about 210,000 pounds of manure over the course of its stay.

With that much crap floating around, you’d think the show’s tent would smell like, well, ass. It doesn’t. Either Cavalia has a state-of-the-art air-filtration system or it’s trained those horses to wipe their own asses.

P.S. Don’t miss the show. It’s stunning (Tickets can be purchased here).

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About Caleb J. Spivak

CJS is the Founder of What Now Atlanta. He was recently featured in The New York Times, Creative Loafing's "20 People to Watch in 2012," named "Lifestyle Blogger You Need To Know" by Rolling Out Magazine and highlighted as Atlanta's Metropolitan Male in fashion magazine, 944. WNA was named "Best of Atlanta" by Creative Loafing and Atlanta Magazine.


  1. tricksfordays

    December 13, 2011 at 10:41 am

    imma’ let you finish buuut ….. surely there is more to cavalia odysseo than you expecting it to smell like $hit.

  2. Bilal

    December 13, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Let me just say that I am first to call dibs on the horse manure once it’s composted. Those trust fund baby ponies gonna make my farm grow real nice. #nothorsingaround

  3. Dan

    December 13, 2011 at 11:55 am

    This show is just too overpriced, no matter how good it is. For the cheapest back row seats to be $100 is insane and highway robbery. I can’t just spending at the minimum $100 for something like this.

  4. Trent

    December 13, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    “I can’t just spending at the minimum $100 for something like this.”
    It seems to me that the only people that I know that have been to this spectacle are well to do gay men. It seems cheaper to just go to Blakes afterwards.

  5. Urbanist

    December 14, 2011 at 9:13 am

    @ Dan – Your “overpriced” opinion is entirely subjective. Just because you can’t afford it doesn’t mean it’s robbery. A lot of people can afford it, and do pay for the tickets to see the show. It’s a decent boon for the local economy too, which is also a good thing – you know, because it gets people out, doing things, spending money at local businesses, and not sitting around whining about how things are “overpriced”.

  6. Dan

    December 14, 2011 at 10:04 am

    @Urbanist, I guess this is why so many people are racking up credit card debt, on overpriced entertainment like this. Vegas style prices are being charged for a show that’s not on the Strip, but in Midtown Atlanta. I’ve never seen a show with such high price points. Seems like this is a recurring theme with all the attractions and events in this town. Attractions such as the Georgia Aquarium, Zoo Atlanta, and Atlanta Botanical Garden are way overpriced. Events, specifically sporting events, are also overpriced. Last year, Chick Fil A Bowl tix were 100 bucks, probably no different this year. Music City Bowl tix are only 50 bucks. Is the Chick Fil A Bowl twice as good as the Music City Bowl?? In general, prices for everything around here are out of control

  7. Clicker

    December 14, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    It’s called the free market Dan. Just because you think something is overpriced, that doesn’t mean we all do.

  8. Urbanist

    December 14, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    @ Dan – Nope, sorry. People paying for something that’s outside of your price range is no indication of people “racking up credit card debt” – but nice try. “Vegas style prices” (which, by the way, these are not) are being charged, because there are other people out there that think those prices are worth it. I took my girlfriend to Cavalia two years ago – she loved it, and she’s going again. I hated it, and therefore am not going again. The aquarium, the zoo, the botanical garden are overpriced!? Are you related to Clark Howard, or are you homeless?

  9. tricksfordays

    December 14, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    dan, I do agree that some spectacles around atlanta are over-priced for what they offer – especially in a city with a relatively low cost of living. But, I dont think these tickets are too expensive if you like that kind of thing (its a small venue).

    atlanta does have the highest income inequality of all ‘major’ US cities.


  10. Jim

    December 19, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    I loved this article, I was wondering the same thing, but now you have me thinking about the math for all of the waste the attendees will drop whilst they are a using the portable potts!

    Cheers and Happy Holidays!


  11. Captain City

    December 25, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    They can charge whatever the market will bare. I’m just glad to have an even like this in midtown taking over unused space. Kinda cool driving down Spring and seeing a castle tent across the street from the Cheetah. I wonder what kind of economic impact this show is having on Midtown?

  12. andrew

    March 6, 2014 at 11:01 am

    The article hardly speaks of the show but talks about shit and ass. Classy. Real classy.

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