If you are at all into horses or theater and a Cavalia show comes to your area, stop what you’re doing, hock your iPad, and get yourself to one of their performances. You’ll be in for an enchanting experience.
Recently my husband and I went to a performance of Odesseo, their second production, and fell in love with the group all over again. Cavalia provides a multi-media experience that combines horses, acrobats, music, wonderful costumes and spectacular sets to transport you to a magical world that demonstrates the deep connection between horses and humans. Its creator was one of the founders of Cirque du Soleil, and although there is no connection between the two companies, Cavalia has a similar feel.
We were blown away by their first show, A Magical Encounter Between Human and Horse. Expecting a circus type show with tricks and acrobatic riding, we were instead treated to a lyrical theatrical performance that demonstrated the type of connection between horses and people I’ve always considered ideal. A few years later we went to a revised edition and, while it wasn’t quite as enchanting, it was still wonderful.
The day after Thanksgiving we attended Odesseo and had an even more spectacular experience. Set under the largest big top in the world, it features a 17,500 square foot stage, the back of which rises to a three-story hill! Everyone’s jaw drops the first time the horses and riders come down it. The show opens with horses roaming free through a misty, shadowed forest. Fairies gradually join them and the magical journey begins. One of the most fun things is the many times horses work at liberty, showing a true connection with their humans. It’s obvious they are treated with respect and they enjoy their work. Acrobats, both aerial and on the ground, perform some amazing stunts, often interacting with the horses and riders.
Instead of trying to describe it, here’s a link to their trailer:
This link shows the horses on vacation between engagements:
And here are some photos:
I hope you get a chance to attend some time. You may fall in love too.
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