Cavalia: A Magical Encounter Between Human and Horse, a unique production combining the equestrian and performing arts, will return to Greater Seattle in the new year. Created by Normand Latourelle, a co-founder of the famed Cirque du Soleil, the show will premiere January 24, 2012 under the White Big Top at Marymoor Park at 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E. in Redmond. Tickets to Cavalia are available for sale today online at www.cavalia.net or by calling 1-866-999-8111.
“We have been eager to return to Greater Seattle since Cavalia’s Pacific Northwest debut in 2004,” said Normand Latourelle, President and Artistic Director of Cavalia. “The show has travelled across both North America and Europe over the past seven years. Cavalia is continually evolving to highlight not only the strengths and personalities of new artists and horses, but to present them in virtual settings created by the latest multi-media technology available. We look forward to sharing this new experience with the Seattle community.”
Already enjoyed by three million people across the U.S., Europe and Canada, Cavalia takes place under an enormous 26,264-square-foot white big top rising more than 100 feet high. The lavish production involving 38 riders, aerialists, acrobats, dancers, and musicians features 45 magnificent horses from all over the world. Panoramic projections onto a 210-foot-wide screen and other visual effects draw Cavalia audiences into dreamlike virtual environments, where they witness a celebration of the bond between humans and horses. Spectators face a 160-foot-wide stage which allows the horses to gallop at full speed, at times running completely free, unfettered by bridles or halters.
At times thrilling, at times poignant, Cavalia explores humankind’s relationship with the horse throughout history. Viewers discover an unbridled life in the wilderness, then early domestication, and ultimately a strong relationship with humans. Cavalia’s horse training is based upon kindness, patience, trust and mutual respect. Audiences have found Cavalia exhilarating in scope yet intimate in the compassion shown by both horse and human.
Since its world premiere in Montreal in 2003, Cavalia has enthralled audiences internationally and is soon to return to Seattle after much critical acclaim. The New York Times remarks that Cavalia’s theme is “Celebrating horses, humans and their bond” and O Magazine exclaims that the show is “breathtaking!” CNN’s Larry King raves that Cavalia is, quite simply, “The greatest show I have ever seen! Spectacular. Beautiful. Like being in a dream. I loved it!” The Washington Post exclaims, “Impressive, highly refined, indeed a wonder!” And The San Francisco Chronicle raves, “Cavalia takes horse play to a new level, even for non-horsey folk.”
Headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, Cavalia is the brainchild of Normand Latourelle, who has become renowned for his innovative approach to show production. Cavalia has visited more than 40 cities across North America, including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Miami, Chicago, Toronto and Montreal, as well as European countries such as Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. Follow Cavalia’s latest developments at www.twitter.com/cavalia or www.facebook.com/cavalia.
For its exclusive run in Seattle, Cavalia will be presented under its White Big Top at Marymoor Park at 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E. in Redmond. Tickets are on sale now and are priced from $54.50 to $ 99.50 plus applicable fees. For guests who desire an extraordinary outing, the show can be customized for an extended experience from $ 129.50 to $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 the post-show stable tour, a cocktail/dinner reception and much more. Special pricing is also available for children (2-12), juniors (13-17), and senior citizens (65+).
SHOWTIMES –The show opens January 24, 2012 and performances will be held through February 26, 2012. For a detailed list of show dates and reservations, call 1.866.999.8111 or visit www.cavalia.net