Sunday, October 9, 2011


Cavalia, an exciting show under magnificent white circus tents, is so much more than a circus, so different than a horse show at a fair, and somewhat reminiscent of a Cirque du Soleil show. After watching Cavalia during its tour in Minneapolis last week, I wanted to share a few thoughts about it with all of you. And, if you ever have a chance to see Cavalia live, go see it! It’s amazing! Or, rent or buy a DVD of the production!

For those of you who have never hear of Cavalia, it’s a mix of horses performing (equestrian artistic performances), dance, acrobatics, music and other aspects, all performed on a large 50 meter stage under the Big Top (a big white circus-esque tent). Cavalia involved 42 horses (all stallions or geldings), many professional trainers, dancers, singers, acrobats and much more.

The large stage offered plenty of room to showcase the horses and their movements. Some performers stood on two horses’ backs as the horses moved across and around the stage. Other performers flipped or rode along the side of the horses. Horses stepped proudly across the stage, moving with the choreography and perfectly in tune with the other horses on stage. One trainer led six horses through coordinated circles and turns, by guiding them and walking with them through their movements.

Later, acrobats and other performers flew from fly lines in the air, landing on the horses or flying off the horses, as effortlessly and gracefully as if they really were flying. Performers swung from high trapeze swings, or performed flips and other acrobatics. Sometimes performers flipped off shoulders of other performers from trampolines or springs, other times from the horses.

And, always, performers and trainers treated the horses with the utmost respect and kindness, petting the horses’ noses after the horses had completed their movements or tricks correctly, and talking to them or giving them treats after their performances.

Moving and calm music played throughout the show, which led to the magical atmosphere. The talented members of the orchestra stood backlit high up behind the large screen on the stage, playing the music. Without the music, the show wouldn’t have had nearly the same effect. 

While the horses and humans performed, and music played, a visual scene displayed on the large screen. Often, the scene involved seasons of nature, changing colors of leaves, snowy paths, or lush green forests. To add to the natural effects, rain would fall on the stage, or leaves.

So, go see Cavalia. It’s a beautiful show, and one not to be missed. Check out a few photos of the show and video previews on the Cavalia website. You’ll see what I mean.

-Views expressed here are my own opinion.

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