“Cirque du Soleil on horseback.” This is how we first learned of Cavalia; naturally, we were intrigued. With our rich equestrian heritage, a performance that brings together some of the world’s finest riders with the acrobatic spectacle of Cirque du Soleil seems made for Saudi Arabia.
Cavalia opens tonight in Dubai, and is sure to be one of the most exhilarating events of the season. Created by Normand Latourelle, one of the co-founders of Cirque du Soleil, the show explores mankind’s relationship with the horse through an equestrian pageant that features 50 magnificent horses, 43 riders, aerialists, acrobats, dancers and musicians from around the world.
Cavalia completely reimagines the equestrian arts, combining displays of horsemanship with acrobatics, dance, and breathtaking visual effects. Horses and riders perform before a constantly changing background on a 60-meter wide screen, drawing the audience into a surreal and dreamlike world.
The show takes place beneath a gleaming white, 2,440 square meter big top rising some 35 meters high. The space allows horses to gallop at full speed, at times running completely free, unfettered by bridles or halters. Cavalia’s White Big Top is the largest touring tent in the world.
The performance is exhilarating, pushing the limits of what we thought possible on horseback. For all the spectacle of the evening, however, what moved us most was the deep connection on display between horses and riders. Cavalia’s training philosophy begins by understanding the needs, preferences and emotions of the horses. It is a philosophy built on trust, kindness and mutual respect, and left on us an indelible impression.
Creator Normand Latourelle
In his 40-year career in the performing arts, Normand Latourelle has seen every aspect industry and worked in nearly every role: from lighting designer to agent, production manager, director and artistic director. A pioneer of Cirque du Soleil from 1985 to 1990, he has been astounding audiences with the scale and breadth of his artistic vision for decades.
Latourelle has a gift for blending different forms of artistic expression and reimagining the scenic space of his productions, transporting audiences into strange and beautiful new worlds. Since 2003, Latourelle has been fully dedicated to Cavalia, instilling his talent, passion and imagination into the company’s two productions, Cavalia and Odyss
March 20th – April 4th
Dubai World Trade Center, Dubai, UAE
Tickets available via Ticketmaster
Learn more at Cavalia.net