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Event review – Cavalia, Perth, 4 December 2013

| 6 December 2013

Event review – Cavalia, Perth, 4 December 2013
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar

Cavalia poster
Back in the 70’s the Perth Hills boasted the Spanish dancing horses of El Caballo Blanco and now, decades later, Quebec based Cavalia have taken that simple concept to the n’th degree with a show that is part theatre, part circus, part rodeo and all in celebration of our equine friends and their relationship with we humans.

The 43 horses in the troupe are the star performers of Cavalia, each showing majesty, grace and an innate intelligence and love of performance which makes it easy to fall in love with.

The several dozen human musicians, acrobats, dancers and riders are no slouches either as they perform sequences symbolising man’s taming, training and interactions with the animal throughout our history.

The show is entirely self contained with a touring ensemble of over a hundred, who take twelve days to erect their mini village in each new city they visit. The Cavalia village includes stables (for which a touring pass can be purchased), medical centre and reception lounge spanning nine huge spired tents, with carpenters, doctors, chefs and so much more.

Cavalia village

 

A giant hologram of a white horse dominated one section of the first half of the show whilst a beautiful woman and horse danced around it, evoking beauty of a mystical and magical time usually known only in fairy tales. Another segment saw four riders galloping across the 50 meter stage and jumping barriers whilst each standing straddled across two beasts.

It’s these contrasts that make the show such an evocative journey, and by the jaw dropping, has-to-be-seen-to-be-believed finale combining elements of dance, song, show jumping, trick riding, acrobatics, wire work and theatrical performance, the audience was well justified in giving the performers – human and equine – a standing ovation.

Above all Cavalia shows us that these magnificent creatures are so much more than mere performing monkeys – the relationship between them and their handlers is obviously based upon respect and love, and that’s the message Cavalia has for us.

Cavalia runs through to Saturday 29 December in Perth – http://cavalia.com.au/en/cavalia-show/tickets-info/perth-wa-au?gclid=CP-botaXmrsCFShbpgodkmgAEQ

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