Cavalia is more than just a circus show that passionately displays a deep bond between humans and horses through breathtaking performances of both. The producing company is located in Montreal, Canada, and the show has already charmed spectators in 64 cities around Australia, Europe, the Middle East and North America. The spectacular show combines parades of beautiful horses with spellbinding human acrobatics along with stunning digital display; all these create a magical environment of bringing imagination to life. So, check the schedule of Cavalia to visit your city and get ready to thrill yourself at this horse show. The production has recently wrapped up from Singapore and is heading toward South Korea.
Dubbed as “Cavalia: A Magical Encounter between Human and Horse”, the production has performed more than 2200 times since 2003, delighting over 4 million people all over the world. The entertainers are 50 well-trained horses of 11 different breeds and 46 riders who are highly skilled, professional acrobats and dancers. Instead of going through bridles and halters, the horses demonstrate their physical and intelligent skills; they would stand on their rear legs, run around in circle and pose in front of the audience at the command of their whisperer. Moreover, these horses show tremendous physical and tactical abilities as they let the acrobats perform all the tricks on their backs while they are constantly on the move.
Performances take place under a huge tent (2440 square meters) and in front of a 60 meter wide digital background that constantly displays impressive and imaginative displays one after another. In addition to the remarkable displays, the show features winter scene with snow-like foams falling from above and turning of the sand-covered stage into a lake where horses gallop merrily by splashing water. The acrobats also give stunning performances of aerial acrobatics, bungee trapeze and forming human pyramids demonstrating extraordinary strength, magnificent balance and undivided attention. They engage the audience with a communicative approach and are showered with loud applause.
One of the co-founders of the famous 2003 Cirque du Soleil, Normand Latourelle is the producer of Cavalia. Among the 11 different breeds of horses the production involves, Warmblood, Quarter, Purse Spanish, Arabian, Criollo and Paint are worth mentioning. The horses have to be at least five years, but preferably seven years, old to be included in the team. Depending on what they will perform on stage, the horses are trained for four to twelve months. Each horse performs for about 12 minutes during the show but it has to take off fast, run fast and stop fast. To keep them well balanced, they are engaged in stretching, gymnastics and yoga for horses.
The riders and their horses turn Cavalia into a parade of elegance and strength; the appealing beauty of the show’s sophisticated visual effects can hardly be ignored. The interaction between the horses and human performers clearly demonstrates the strong bond among them. It is the unmistaken understanding between each horse and the rider that makes the show flawless and turns it into a magical experience for the audience.