Richard Wilkins of the Today Show was waxing lyrical when he said ‘One of the Most Incredible Shows I’ve Ever Seen’. His sentiments have been echoed by the more than 3 million + people who have seen the performance of the show that has already become a legend, Cavalia.
It’s at the cutting edge of stylish shows heralding the joy of experiencing live performance. Normand Latourelle, also one of the co-founders of the brilliant Cirque du Soleil, has ensured that Cavalia has already transformed the equestrian performance art form to inspire a whole new generation to look far beyond what they just simply see.
It’s hard not to be moved by the mesmerizing qualities of a beautiful horse. Many Australians cannot wait to experience the magic of the horses and the riders of Cavalia., as it officially tours the east coast cities.
Following on from an extended season at Brisbane, where it enjoyed great success, Cavalia the show arrives at Sydney on Tuesday April 23 to take up poll position in the Entertainment Quarter at Moore Park, which contains what was previously the Royal Agricultural Society’s Showgrounds, now known as the Entertainment Precinct.
This now also comprises an Equestrian Centre as well as entertainment-related facilities, which are on lease from the Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust (Fox Studios, Entertainment Quarter, Royal Hall of Industries and the Hordern Pavilion) for the enjoyment, social connection and wellbeing of the community.
Nearby heritage stables recently restored, offer everyoone an opportunity to ride a horse in Centennial Park, the scene for the inauguration of the Commonwealth of Australia on January 1, 1901.
With its fairy tale like spires rising ten stories into the air, the gleaming white big top, le grand chapiteau, that houses Cavalia is now a powerful symbol of the equestrian performing arts and a singularly superb architectural feat. It was conceived in Canada by set designer Marc Labelle, director Érick Villeneuve and producer creator Normand Latourelle.
Weighing more than 50 tons, the White Big Top is comprised of more than 6,630-square-metres of canvas and seven trailers are required to transport it. It takes up four football fields, some 200,000 feet.
The large-scale production of Cavalia features some 44 horses, 36 acrobats, aerialists, dancers, musicians and riders from all around the world.
The 50 metre stage allows the horses space to gallop with grace, strength and beauty, in a live show that uses high tech theatrical effects to compliment and highlight the horses and their performance.
Latourelle in an interview recently said “My idea behind this was that I just wanted the best of the best in every field, from the moment the public enters, to the horses, to the entrance stands, to the seating and throughout the show. And I do think we have the best touring show in the world. But it’s big!”.
Big indeed, Cavalia is well on the way to giving the people of Sydney a rare treat too. If you haven’t organized your tickets yet, jump on line now.
Melbourne, advance notice…it’s time to think ahead !
www.cavalia.com.au or by calling 1800-765-955.
Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept Circle 2013
CAVALIA: Australian Tour of Magical Horses Arrives Sydney
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WHEN: Premieres May 15, 2013
WHERE: Under the White Big Top, on The Showring at the Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park
WHEN: Premieres August 7, 2013
WHERE: Under the White Big Top, at The Docklands
Artistic Director: Normand Latourelle
Director & Visual Conceptor – Érick Villeneuve
Scenic Designer Marc Labelle
Music – Michel Cusson
Costumes – Manon Desmarais
Lighting Design – Alain Lortie
Choreography – Alain Gauthier
Ref: Bruce Pollack
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