Atlanta Performances – Just Extended through November 29
By Cindy Straus
Totally amazing describes Cavalia, the latest Cirque du Soliel like extravaganza to hit Atlanta. This show was created by the co-creator of Cirque du Soliel. Cavalia is a lavish orchestration of multimedia, equestrian and performing arts featuring over 60 acrobats and riders and 60 4 legged performers (horses). If you are looking to see some fantastic this year, it’s well worth the short drive down I75 from Cobb to Atlantic Station. The best way to describe Cavalia is it is way beyond the usual.
We were treated to a peak at Cavalia during a press preview the day before the Atlanta opening on October 27. The show takes place at Atlantic Station, off of I75 at 10th Street. The first thing that impressed me was the size and scope of the entire venue. Cavalia is performed under a huge big top. At 110 feet high it is the height of a ten story building and spans over 26,000 square feet. The stage is 160 feet wide – the width of a regulation football field.
Twelve different breeds of horses, acrobats, riders, aerialists dancers and live musicians gallop, tumble and swing through the air on this gigantic stage. Stunning special lighting effects and stunning visuals make it apparent to see why this show has become a global sensation.
In one particularly stunning scene eight of the most majestic Arabian horses on the planet run free and unbridled cavorting about the stage. Trainer, Slyvia Zerbini takes command and with only her voice and a few handfuls of sand she puts them through their paces performing intricate dressage manuovors.
After the performance Mike and I had an opportunity to speak with creator, Normand Latourelle, co-founder of Cirque du Soleil. Latourelle told us he first got the idea for Cavalia while watching another production featuring a horse and he noticed that every time the horse was on stage the horse stole the show. His inspiration for Cavalia was to create a celebration of the relationship between man and horse. Cavalia is not just a show for horse lovers. It is a mesmerizing spectacular designed to entertain audiences of all ages and backgrounds. In fact, Latourelle is quick to point out that he has never even been on a horse.
While speaking with the two-legged stars of the show we learned some interesting horse facts. The show uses about 60 horses performing a maximum seven shows per week. Each horse has a substitute enabling each equine performer to take a few days off. Horses are pampered as all stars are with daily baths, grooming, massages and “hoof-i-cures”. Don’t be concerned about their diet as they even travel with their own horse caterer.
Cavalia is a breathtaking extravaganza – a fairytale for all ages. It is easy to see why it has mesmerizied 2.5 million people in 27 cities in Canada, the United States and Europe for the past 6 years. And now for the next four weeks, Atlantans will have the opportunity to witness the spendor of Cavalia.
Want to go? “Cavalia,” 8 p.m. most week nights, 3 and 8 p.m.on Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, through November 22. Tickets are $34.50-$189.50. Under the White Big Top at Atlantic Station. 1-866-999-8111, www.cavalia.net