Under the bright lights of the big top in the Entertainment Quarter, a simple stage is adorned with different styles of small wooden horses. Some are children’s rocking horses, some are simply models, suddenly two magnificent horses gallop across the 50 metre stage and weave their way around their tiny counterparts at high speed, wild manes tumbling behind them – this is Cavalia.
Co-creator of Cirque du Soleil Normand Latourelle has produced an astounding visual display of equine majesty combined with aerial artists, acrobatic performers and musicians.
The two-hour show flies by as audiences are enchanted by this tribute to the relationship between man and horse throughout the ages.
A live band accompanies multimedia effects and immerses the audience in Latourelle’s fairy-tale world along with his performers. It is one that the audience are dismayed to leave.
Some backlit effects that require a bright light shone towards the audience are difficult on the eyes depending on seat location but overall this show, now a decade old, is one not to be missed. (LL)
Until Jun 2, The Showring, 122 Lang Rd, Moore Park, $64-349, 1800 765 955, cavalia.com.au