If you live in Southern California you’ve likely seen advertisements with a beautiful horse, for a show called CAVALIA. Like me, you may wonder what it’s all about. According to their billboards Larry King stated it’s the “Best show ever!”.
Last week my eight year old daughter and I had the opportunity to experience CAVALIA ourselves, and what an incredible experience it was! CAVALIA combines 50 gorgeous horses and fantastic riding with beautiful live music and astonishing acrobatics. The show includes neat visuals, such as images displayed on a backdrop of falling water, autumn leaves made of paper gently floating to the floor, and streams of soft cloth flowing aross the stage behind magestic galloping horses. It’s an experience of both sight and sound that kept us at the edge of our seats, and received a well deserved standing ovation across the audience.
Here are some interesting Facts and Figures about CAVALIA:
• The 36 artists, acrobats, dancers and riders are from Canada, France, Belgium, the United States, Morocco, Spain, Australia, Moldavia, Poland and Russia.
• The troop also includes 5 musicians (guitar, keyboard, bass, drums, and cello) and a singer.
• CAVALIA features 50 horses representing 11 different breeds.
• The horses are from France, Spain, Portugal, Canada, the United States and the Netherlands.
• The horses annually consume 17,500 bales of hay, 36,500 pounds of grain and 1,750 pounds of carrots.
• The stables span more than 16,500 square feet.
The White Big Top and The Site
• The CAVALIA village includes nine tents: the White Big Top, the Rendez-Vous tent, the General Entrance tent, two artistic tents, two warm-up tents, the stables and the staff cafeteria.
• 150 people are required to erect the tents and work on the preparation of the site. The set-up takes 12 days, while the tear down is completed in three days.
• The White Big Top is 110 feet high or the equivalent of a ten-story building. 71,400 square feet of canvas were used to create the Big Top, which spans more than 26,264 square feet.
• A 200-foot wide screen serves as a backdrop for the projections and special effects. The stage is 160 feet wide, the equivalent of the width of a regulation NFL football field. 2,500 tons of sand and dirt (100 truckloads) are required to build the stage.
Touring and Traveling
• The tour employs 120 people on a permanent basis.
• 100 people are hired locally in each city visited.
• 100 trucks are required to move the material.
• The transport is done over land, sea or air, based on the distance.
CAVALIA is showing in downtown San Diego, next to PETCO Park, until December 30, 2012. They offer both Daytime and Nighttime Shows, and even offer experiences which include a tour of the horse stables. After viewing the show myself, I can attest that this a wonderful show for both young and old. The audience at the show we attended was quite diverse, all of whom seemed to love it!
CAVALIA currently has a Holiday Family Pack Offer (see link for details), which includes 5 FREE tickets with the purchase of 5 tickets. Tickets are limited, and certain conditions apply. The gift of a performance of CAVALIA could make a great holiday gift for the family! Perhaps we’ll go again, and see you there!