Cavalia is an internationally acclaimed theatrical production featuring a unique blend of equestrian and performing arts including cutting-edge technology, multimedia and special effects. The show is a tribute to the special relationship between man and horse throughout the ages.
The first ever Australian tour of Cavalia features 51 horses from a dozen different breeds and includes trick riding, vaulting, dressage and unbridled displays. Often labeled an equestrian ballet and compared to Cirque Du Soleil, Cavalia has been touring since 2003 and has played to over 4 million in North America, Europe and Australia. Cavalia Inc was started in Montreal Quebec in 2003 and produces two shows; Cavalia: A Magical Encounter Between Human and Horse and Odysseo.
The massive billboard advertising the show. Image by writer.
Riders, acrobats, dancers, musicians and horses share the 46m long stage, which takes 1500 tons of sand to complete. Cavalia: A Magical Encounter Between Human and Horse features 50 horses, 5 musicians and 45 artists including riders, aerialists, acrobats and dancers from all corners of the globe.
Tickets vary in price from $44 for the cheapest seats for a child, up to $264 for an adult for the best seats in the house. Prices vary for juniors (13-17), seniors (65 ) and children (2-12). Check seat locations and costs here.
The main big top tent is 30m high, the equivalent of a 10 storey building, and takes 40 people 12 days to erect. Inside a massive 70m wide screen is a backdrop for projections and multimedia effects. Why so many tents? Nine tents in all include the white big top, the VIP tent, the entrance tents, two artistic tents, two warming tents and the stable and staff cafeteria. If you have seen this show, I'd love to hear your comments. How does it compare to Cirque Du Soleil?
Once the largest tent in North America, the 'Big Top' seats over 2000. 45 trucks are required to move the entire show. Image by writer.
Absolutely awesome - Aerial acrobatics made the artists look like floating fairies - The dressage of 6 white horses facing the crowd and moving sideways in unison - The lady standing on 2 brown horses and having 4 more in front like a charioteer - The horses that bowed - The acrobats and their clowning around, and finally chased by the miniature horse. So worthwhile going, it held us spellbound for the whole production