April 28, 2013

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPreparations are well underway at the Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park for the Sydney season of Cavalia: A Magical Encounter Between Human and Horse, which opens on Wednesday, 15 May.

At the Entertainment Quarter’s Showring, Cavalia’s immense White Big Top, complete with fairytale spires, took only a short time to erect on Tuesday, despite being one of the world’s largest touring tents.

I watched in awe as one of the crew climbed the 35 metre tall mast to the top of the ten storeys high tent, to install the final flag, which is now fluttering atop the gleaming White Big Top.

Created by Normand Latourelle, one of the co-founders of Cirque du Soleil, Cavalia is a unique and lavish orchestration of the equestrian and performing arts.  The production stars 44 horses and 36 acrobats, aerialists, dancers, musicians and riders from around the world.

Cavalia’s White Big Top seats 2,004 people theatre style and accommodates a 50 metre wide stage, which has been created to provide the horses space to gallop, at times completely free, to express their grace, strength, and beauty.

I have heard from my friends in Brisbane who have seen Cavalia where it is currently playing, that you won’t need to be a equestrian expert to appreciate this wonderful show which the whole family will enjoy.

The Sydney season which premieres on 15 May has been extended to 2 June 2013.  Sandra Tiltman  

Photos: John Pond ©