Forty-seven majestic horses are the stars of Cavalia: A Magical Encounter Between Human and Horse, which premiered last week in the 35 metre tall White Big Top on The Showring at the Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park.
The wide stage provides the horses plenty of space to gallop, and at times to roam completely free, as though they were in a meadow.
Throughout the performance, horses and artists interact in front of a constantly changing 60 metre wide digital projection screen. The range of projected backdrops show the changing seasons, complete with Autumn leaves falling onto the stage as well as winter snow flakes.
Cavalia’s 47 horses, consisting of eleven different breeds from Canada, Europe, USA and Australia, include Spanish Purebred, Percheron, Lusitano, Warmblood and Quarter Horse. During the show, I was amazed at their grace and astounded at the extraordinary feats these magnificent horses performed.
Created by Norman Latourelle, one of the co-founders of Cirque du Soleil, Cavalia is a unique and lavish orchestration of the equestrian and performing arts. The 37 riders, aerialists, acrobats, dancers, musicians and a vocalist come from around the world. They provide the audience with an evening’s entertainment that will be enjoyed by all ages.
The White Big Top’s terraced theatre style seating arrangement, provides good views of the stage to all 2,004 seats. There’s no need to worry about winter chills as the White Big Top is air conditioned.
The Sydney season has been extended to 2 June 2013 so do not miss seeing this spectacular show. Sandra Tiltman Photos: John Pond