Cavalia Review

 

Poster from the Cavalia website

On Thursday, October 6th, Nate and I went to Cavalia, which was performed in a large circus tent located near theWest EndShopping Center inSt. Louis Park.

From the Cavalia website:

 Cavalia is a fresh mix of equestrian and performing arts, multimedia and special effects. Conceived by Normand Latourelle and often labeled an equestrian ballet, Cavalia is a spectacular and moving tribute to the relationship between men and horses throughout history, a dream of freedom, cooperation and harmony. In a fairy tale setting filled with poetry and emotion, the show innovatively integrates acrobatics, dance, aerial stunts, live music and equestrian arts. Under the largest Big Top on earth, a 50-metre stage permits the horses to express themselves in all their splendour, nobility and strength, often completely free.

 Prior to the show, there is a trivia portion, where they quiz the audience about the number and types of horses showcased in Cavalia. I found it odd that the audience clapped and cheered for themselves when they got the correct answers, but maybe they were just excited about the show or maybe they don’t often leave their houses. Either way, it was somewhat entertaining.

The show started a little slow and I was starting to think Nate would hate it. Thankfully, the show became much more lively and entertaining until it built into something mind-blowing and awe-inspiring. The horses were regal, the riders enthusiastic and the acrobats gravity defying. All in all it was beautiful.

A few weeks ago, friends and I joked about wanting to run away to join Cavalia, even if it meant just cleaning the horse stalls and now we’d seriously consider it given the chance.

The show offered everything from ground work with the horses, vaulting, trick riding and dressage to trapeze work, tumbling and aerial dancing.

I found it interesting that the parts the audience clapped for were actually the “easier” things to do with horses and they didn’t seem that impressed with things that are particularly hard to teach a horse to do. I believe this may be due to the location where Cavalia was performed; being that it’s in higher-end suburban area. It would be interesting to know how the audience differs in different locales.

Regardless of the audience, it was a wonderful show that I would not only recommend, but would go to again if time and finances allowed. I certainly hope they bring their show back toMinnesotain the future.

There were only two negatives I could see. One was that parking was $10 and based on the signs at the entrance to the parking lot, I assume I would need cash such as when parking at the State Fair or sporting events. We left to find an ATM to get cash for parking (luckily we were early enough that we could do this), but once we got into the parking lot, we were informed that parking was paid inside the tent with either cash or credit/debit card. That would have been nice to know beforehand, perhaps through the website at the time of ticket purchase.

The other negative was that a 20 oz. bottle of soda was $4.50, which is a little high, even for a special event. I’m glad we ate dinner before going to the show. I don’t know what the cost for items such as food, wine and beer were but I was glad I didn’t need or want any of those items. The cost of souvenirs was also a little high, but that was to be expected. The basic black t-shirt with the Cavalia emblem was $35 with prices going up from there. Programs were $15.

Surprisingly, the seats were comfortable. They were fold-down ergonomically molded plastic seats rather than benches, which was nice. I had the $65 seats and had no problems seeing. All of the seats are close enough to see, since the venue is rather small. The cheapest seats were $44 with restricted view. However, the view restriction was due to pillars holding lights/props and they were not solid, so one could probably see through them fairly well.

Also, the bathrooms were pleasant. Instead of porta-potties, there were four trailers that each contained two bathrooms with two stalls and three urinals. They were designated by gender, but based on the setup they could change the ratio of men’s rooms to women’s rooms based on expected attendance rations. The show I went to had one bathroom for men and the rest were for women. There were no waiting lines to use either. Since they were trailers, the toilets were what you would find in an RV or camper and there was running water for hand washing.

Overall, the entire production and facilities were exceptional. I would highly recommend this show to anyone who enjoys horses, acrobatics or the arts in general.

Tickets and more information can be found at:

http://unrevedeliberte.cavalia.net/en/

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