Galloping horses wow audience at Cavalia opening night

Galloping horses wow audience at Cavalia opening night
Cavalia: A Magical Encounter Between Human and Horse.

Theatrical extravaganza Cavalia: A Magical Encounter Between Man And Horse made its Asian premiere last night at the White Theatre Tent, next to Marina Bay Sands.

The show, dubbed an "equestrian ballet", opened to an enthusiastic audience that included local celebrities such as host Jade Seah and DJs Glenn Ong and Jean Danker.

The multimedia and multi-disciplinary production features 50 male horses as well as 46 international stunt riders, aerialists, acrobats, dancers and musicians.

They managed to keep the audience in constant awe and wowed everyone with their perfectly coordinated stunts.

The internationally acclaimed multi-discplinary theatrical production was created by Mr Normand Latourelle, who also co-founded the famed Cirque du Soleil.

Before coming here, the horses spent five weeks relaxing on a farm in Brussels, where the show was last held. Thereafter, the horses boarded an aircraft specially chartered for them.

In an interview with The New Paper, Mr Latourelle, 58, says: "The horses ride first class. They don't get champagne, but they get good hay."

The show is based on stunt riding, which is a combination of gymnastics and riding.

Ms Katherine Cox, 27, one of Cavalia's stunt riders, is one of the few riders in the world who does bareback riding.

Apart from the horse and rider's skill, the bond between them is essential and this was evident in last night's highly energetic performance.

In addition to that, the audience was also treated to a special appearance by a mini-horse.

Cavalia is playing at the White Theatre Tent next to Marina Bay Sands from now till Sept 14. Tickets are priced from $58. Visit www.cavalia.net.

ssandrea@sph.com.sg

 

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