Cavalia: A Magical Encounter Between Human and Horse, an innovative multi-disciplinary production created by Normand Latourelle, one of the co-founders of famed Cirque du Soleil, has added South Australia and Western Australia to its first ever tour Down Under.
Touted by TODAY`s Richard Wilkins as “the most brilliant production imaginable”, Cavalia has already wowed audiences and critics alike in Brisbane and Sydney. The Canadian-based troupe began its highly successful Australian tour early this year and are now preparing for this theatrical spectacular’s opening night in Melbourne later this month. This spring, Cavalia will open in Adelaide on October 16. In Perth, Cavalia will open on December 18 under the company’s signature White Big Top at Belmont Racecourse.
“We are thrilled to extend our first ever Australian tour to Adelaide and Perth. It is an honour to bring this show, which started on the other side of the world in Canada, to a country that has such a great affinity with both the performing arts and horses,” said Normand Latourelle, Founder and Artistic Director of Cavalia. “Having travelled around the globe, Cavalia speaks a truly universal language and we can’t wait for South Australia and Western Australia to experience its magic.”
Enjoyed by some 4 million people across North American and Europe, Cavalia is a lavish production involving 48 magnificent horses and featuring 36 riders, aerialists, acrobats, dancers and musicians from all over the world. A show unlike any other, Cavalia celebrates the relationship between humans and horses, virtually reinventing the equestrian arts.
In Cavalia, horses cavort with the many artists in front of a constantly changing digital background projected onto a 60 metre-wide screen, drawing spectators into dream-like virtual environments. Unlike traditional horse shows, Cavalia’s audience faces a single 50 metre-wide stage which allows the horses space to gallop at full speed, at times running completely free, unfettered by bridles or halters. Cavalia takes place under a white, 2,440 square metre big top, rising some 35 metres high that gives the horses an ample playground to perform with their trainers and artists. Cavalia’s White Big Top is the largest touring tent in the world.
Cavalia has received critical acclaim from around the world, including The New York Times, which noted that the theme of Cavalia is “Celebrating horses, humans and their bond”, while The Washington Post described the show as “Horseplay of the highest order”. Las Vegas Magazine claimed it is “One of the most spectacular hybrids of modern theater in the world”, The Toronto Star said “A new fairy tale-like show from the imagination of a Cirque du Soleil founder”, while Paris Match defined it as “Pure poetry”. Bild in Berlin called Cavalia “A wonderland full of mystery and poetry” and Telecinco in Madrid raved “One of the most beautiful shows in the world”.
Cavalia will open in Adelaide on October 16 and in Perth on December 18, with tickets on sale tomorrow at www.cavalia.com.au or by calling 1800-765-955.