Cavalia makes its Vancouver, BC premiere in March 2011


Cavalia: A Magical Encounter Between Human and Horse makes its premiere in Vancouver, BC on March 22, 2011.

The lavish multi-media, multi-disciplinary production features 55 horses and 45 artists from around the world. The show is the creation of Normand Latourelle, one of the co-founders of Cirque du Soleil, and celebrates the relationship between humans and horses, "reinventing" the equestrian arts.

The cast includes riders, aerialists, acrobats, dancers, musicians and a vocalist. I saw it in Quebc a number of years ago, and it was dream-like. With a 200-ft. wide screen as a digital backdrop, the large stage is wide enough so the horses can gallop at full speed, often running completely free without bridles or halters.

The production is housed under North America's largest touring tent (called the White Big Top), which will be erected in the Olympic Village area on the southeast side of False Creek. Tickets range from $54.50-$99.50 + fees. There are also special packages ($129.50-$189.50), including the Horse Lovers Package, where patrons may tour Cavlaia's stables after the show. The VIP Rendez-Vous Package includes a post-show stables tour and a cocktail/dinner reception.

Show dates and ticket information / reservations may be found at www.cavalia.net. Or call 866.999.8111. For accommodations, visit Tourism Vancouver's website.

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