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Cavalia... How do I write this story, it's harder than I thought. I will try to paint a perfect picture as I go and give the show all the credit it deserves. It's a jaw dropping breath taking experience for all who come to see it.
The emotion and the energy of animals intertwined with their riders is a true joy to watch and to see the partnership go blazing through the arena spectacular together is utterly mind blowing. Such a gorgeous display of trust between an animal and human.
Then suddenly... it was as though out of no where, people just dropped down from the roof on ropes doing tricks and then acrobats started doing somersaults, back flips, and stacking on top of one another 4 people high in front of us in the arena! Balance and agility was out in force and it was spectacular to see. The choreography was spot on.
To every beat of a drum or strum of guitar there is meaning to the movement to the beat. There is a live band playing behind Cavalia throughout the show. The band has TV screens there so they can visualise what is happening and be at the ready to help with improvisation and extend a song if needed. You can't tell they are doing this, as you think it is all part of the show!
On the ground you have horses and people inter acting. People were holding poles for horses as they jump.
Normand Latourelle (pictured above) is the Founder and Artistic Director of Cavalia. The show has travelled the world and it finally has made it here in Australia along with it's 100 containers, 48 horses representing 11 different breeds. The horses come from France, Spain, Portugal, Canada, the United States, Morocco, Australia Moldavia and Russia. When you add it all up that is a lot of hay for the stars of the show! I can assure you they get nothing but the best.
There are 30 riders and performers who make up the human team for Cavalia. They come from all over the world and there is one lucky Aussie in the mix (unfortunately, no it's not me, lol) All in all Cavalia employs 120 people on a full time basis.
From start to finish I was fully entertained. There were times I did not know whether to look up to the sides or straight in front to know where the next surprise was coming from. The show is full of gorgeous moments with the fantastic displays of acrobatics, horses and fantastic music to suit the happenings on stage. I certainly did not feel like I was at a circus. I felt as though I was in a dream but in fact it was reality and I was involved, it was so special to see.
So for tickets head to http://cavalia.com.au/en/cavalia-melbourne-things-to-do-lp?a_aid=ADP-PLE&a_cid=9c8da47f
A very big thank you to Fiona McNaught Managing Director of Boneo Park for the invitation to the Media show today. I was blown away and have had an experience of a life time.
Did you know - It takes 17 days to set up the entire Cavalia big top. The arena had only been finished this morning before we all entered in to it for the show. At 9.30 am to be exact!
The horses (and riders) endured about 7 weeks of quarantine, 2 weeks in Los Angles and then 5 weeks in Sydney. The first stop - Brisbane. Cavalia also has had a successful show in Sydney and now here they are in Melbourne until August 18th.