My adventure began in Altanta, Georgia; my excitement building with each passing mile. We pulled up to the parking garage, showed our ticket to the attendant and were directed to the V.I.P. parking. Just a few steps away was the huge white tent where the show would take place. Inside a smaller, V.I.P. tent there were cafe style tabels, I took one closest to the heaters. I sat sipping on Champaign and watching big screen T.V.’s playing exerts from Cavalia’s past perfomances. I could easily get use to this V.I.P. treatment! Ten minutes before showtime we are escorted to the main tent to be seated. Everything in the tent is designed for the ultimate Cavalia experience. The comfortable stadium seats sit higher than normal so the visitor’s can see the horse from the top of his ears to the tip of his hoof. There is surround sound so no one is exposed to to much or to little volumn.
The show opens with a performer dancing in a large puddle of water; a magnificent white horse joins her. When the number is over, the water dissapears. The magic has just begun. Throughout the show there are acrobats, aerialist, trick riders and girls with lassoes. The beautiful horses never end. Cavalia is home to more than sixty of them; twenty are stallions. I was most impressed with the number “Grande Liberte” with Sylvia Zerbini. It was amazing to watch as she played with eight horses at liberty. Not once did I see a performer tug a rein or kick a heel into a horse. All of the moves were so soft you didn’t see them. This is the way it should be. The horses are allowed to be horses.
During intermission we were ushered back to our tent where we sampled lush desserts and more Champaign. The second half of the show as spectacular as the first. To soon it was over. Several of the artist were in the tent signing autographs and there was a tour of the barn. The next show was only an hour away and the horses were feasting on a much deserved flake of hay. Having seen this show and reading several books on Cavalia and the training of their horses I am left with a new perspective on the horse.I am so inspired. There simply is nothing more emotionaly moving than the horse/ human relationship; to be at liberty is truely an unconditional love. Learn more at Cavalia.
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