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The Magic of Cirque du Soleil With Equestrian Power
by Louis Charles

Looking to treat yourself to something special, different and magical? Pick up tickets to the equine show Cavalia: A Magical Encounter Between Horse and Man. Brought to you by Normand Latourelle, one of the founding partners of the famed Cirque du Soleil, this Quebec-born show promises revitalizing and uplifting entertainment.

Moving away from the harsh training and handling of animals in classical circus, Frédéric Pignon and Magali Delgado lead the performance with horse-whispering techniques. For the most part it works beautifully in this perfectly choreographed épopée. But there are moments when the animals remain true to character and challenge their respectful human partners. However, you'd be hard-pressed to notice this amidst the acrobats, the ever-present sounds of the live orchestra and the stage displays and effects—impressive high-tech systems deliver this show in a primitive and medieval setting. In the version we saw, all 49 horses (a medley of Lusitanos, Percheron, Belgian and Quarter horses), 35 artists and the crew fit in a 90-foot high, 24,000-square-foot tent set along a 150-foot-long sand stage with a 200-foot wide screen.

Following the ancient Arab proverb, "The horse is god's gift to man," may this show be a gift to yourself or some cherished ones. For information, show calendar, prices and tickets, go to

When: Check the website for locations and dates.

Tickets: Ticket prices vary. Refer to or call 866-999-8111.

(Updated: 10/07/09 SG)

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