Cavalia: A Magical Encounter Between Horse and Man, a lavish multi-media production created by Normand Latourelle, one of the founders of Canada's famed Cirque du Soleil, opens in Denver September 22, 2010 under the White Big Top at the Pepsi Center. Enjoyed by more than 2.5 million people in the U.S., Europe and Canada, Cavalia is an extravagant production involving over 100 performers, including 50 magnificent horses from all over the world, riders, aerialists, acrobats and dancers as well as musicians and a vocalist. A show unlike any other, Cavalia celebrates the relationship between humans and horses, virtually reinventing the equestrian arts.
In Cavalia, horses cavort with the many artists in front of a constantly changing background digitally projected onto a 200-ft. wide screen, drawing spectators into dream-like virtual environments. Unlike traditional horse shows in the round, Cavalia's audience faces a single, 160-ft. wide stage which allows the horses space to gallop at full speed, at times running completely free unfettered by bridles or halters. Cavalia takes place under North America's largest touring tent - a white, 26,264-sq. ft. big top rising some 100 feet high that gives the horses an ample playground to have fun with their trainers and the artists.
Cavalia's horses are trained based on a philosophy of understanding the horse rather than making him understand the human beings around him. The tone of the show, embraced by the entire Company, is one of respect, kindness, patience and trust. Audiences have found Cavalia exhilarating in scope yet touching in the compassion shown by both horse and human.
Normand Latourelle is the visionary and creator behind Cavalia. Since founding Cirque du Soleil in 1985 and participating in its development until 1990, Mr. Latourelle has become renowned for his adventurous, mammoth and innovative productions taking spectators to new realms. They include international gatherings like the Summit of the Americas in Quebec City, and the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Conference) Summit in Vancouver, as well as the Sound and Light which took place at the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa.
Said Mr. Latourelle, "Horses have enormous presence on stage. Cavalia is a result of a 10-year quest to find a dramatic way to incorporate the power of horses and their mysterious beauty into a captivating multi-media experience. My passion in life is to make people dream. I know that many people in Colorado have a special relationship with horses and I respect the contribution they have made in helping to build and expand the American West. Cavalia honors the mystique of horses, their ability to connect uniquely with human beings and their extraordinary achievements across our history."
Across North America and Europe, Cavalia has enthralled audiences and will arrive in Denver after much critical acclaim. The New York Times remarked that the theme of Cavalia is "Celebrating horses, humans and their bond." CNN's Larry King raved, "The greatest show I have ever seen! Spectacular. Beautiful. Like being in a dream. I loved it!" The Washington Post exclaimed, "Impressive, highly refined, indeed a wonder!" The Miami Herald stated, " You've never seen a horse program quite like this! Magnifique!" and O MagazineCavalia leave audiences with their hearts galloping. Breathtaking!" The Chicago Sun-Times wrote, "Artfully staged at every turn. A megascale production on every level. Highly recommended." The New York Post remarked, "A dreamlike spectacle exploring the relationship between man and horse. It's a rare show that evokes a sense of wonder."Las Vegas Magazine exclaimed that "The wildly beautiful stallions of proclaimed, "The stunning multimedia backdrop baffles the eyes, the athleticism and acrobatics stun the senses, and the horses touch the soul."
Delightful, thrilling and poignant, Cavalia explores humankind's long relationship with the horse. Juxtaposed with the vibrancy of the production is a subtle thematic line that takes audiences through the evolution of horses and our interaction with them. Audiences discover an unbridled life in the wilderness, then early domestication, and ultimately a relationship with human beings based on freedom and mutual respect.
The world premiere of Cavalia was in 2003 in Shawinigan, Quebec. Seen by more than 2.5 million people worldwide, Cavalia is a tribute to horses and a celebration of the relationship that we have enjoyed together. This multimedia extravaganza features more than 100 two- and four-legged artists, including beautiful horses of 12 breeds, riders, acrobats, aerialists, dancers and live musicians. It is this combination that sets the mood in the majestic White Big Top, the largest touring White Big Top in the world. Headquartered in Montreal, Quebec (Canada), Cavalia is the brainchild of Normand Latourelle who has become renowned for producing popular events throughout the world. Cavalia has traveled throughout Europe including multiple cities in Spain, Portugal, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and North America including New Jersey, Florida, Arizona, California, Georgia, North Carolina and Washington DC. Follow Cavalia's latest developments at
TICKETS - For its exclusive run in Denver, Cavalia will be presented under its White Big Top. Tickets are on sale starting today, July 28, 2010 at 7 a.m. Mountain, and are priced from $54.50 to $99.50. For guests desiring an extraordinary outing, the show can be customized for an extended experience from $129.50 - $189.50, including a Horse Lovers Package that lets patrons tour Cavalia's stables after the show, and the VIP Rendez-Vous Package that includes a tour of the stables post-show, a cocktail/dinner reception and much more. Special pricing is also available for children (2-12), juniors (13-17), and senior citizens (65+). Please visit www.cavalia.net for more details.
SHOWTIMES - For a detailed list of show dates and reservations, call 1-866-999-8111 or visit www.cavalia.net