Cavalia’s Cirque-Like Equestrian Odyssey Opens in May in Charlotte

Nascar won’t be the only thing with horsepower in Charlotte this Spring. On Tuesday, May 4, Charlotte will experience what 3 million people in Europe, Canada, and other U.S. cities including Washington D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Boston, Atlanta, Miami and most recently Tampa have enjoyed.

Guests who attend the show will “ooh” and “ahh” in amazement at the beauty of the more than 60 4-legged artists in this eclectic cast. Crowds will cheer and rise in their seats during the incredible performances of some 40 2-legged artists, including acrobats, aerialists, riders, musicians and dancers. From May 4 – 14, 2010 under the White Big Top in Downtown Charlotte (next to the Bank of America Stadium), an exquisite, fast-paced, unforgettable 120 minute performance featuring the harmony between horse and man will find its home.

This spectacular production was created by Cirque du Soleil co-founder, Normand Latourelle, and is often compared to Cirque for the way it revolutionizes equestrian and performing arts, much like Cirque revolutionized the circus. Cavalia will stop in Charlotte, as it makes the rounds to major cities on its North American tour, after touring in Europe for two years. “I am extremely proud to introduce this non-traditional show to Charlotte. I hope that the residents and tourists will embraceCavalia’s magic.” says Normand Latourelle, Cavalia founder and artistic director. “This past winter we played for 11 sold out weeks in Atlanta. We are certain that Charlotte will challenge this success.”

Cavalia is not just a show for horse-lovers, nor is it a show just for Cirque-fanatics. It is a lavish orchestration of multimedia, equestrian and performing arts designed to astound and entertain people of all ages and backgrounds. Under the world’s largest touring Big Top, which rises 100 feet above the ground and spans more than 26,264 feet, 60 of the most magnificent creatures on the planet will express themselves in all their beauty, grace and strength on a 160-foot wide stage. While the horses gallop and cavort and, at times, run free completely unbridled, the show will incorporate unbelievable acrobatics, original live music and stunning special and lighting effects to create a dreamlike setting, making it apparent to see why this show has become a global sensation.

Across North America and Europe, Cavalia has enthralled audiences and been praised by critics for its captivating and unique experience. CNN’s Larry King raved, “The greatest show I have ever seen!” The Atlanta Journal Constitution raved, “The most unconventional horse show you could imagine! With Cavalia, a master showman has paid Atlanta a visit.” The Washington Post exclaims, “Impressive, highly refined, indeed a wonder!” The New York Times describes the show as “a celebration of the unique emotional and physical bonds between humans and animals,” while O Magazine exclaimed that “The wildly beautiful stallions of Cavalia leave audiences with their hearts galloping,” and the Los Angeles Times summed it up with “Blissful play, haunting score…striking aerial grace.” Madrid’s El Pais remarked “Like in a dream,” while Berlin’s Zeitung said “Cavalia shows flawless artistry.” Lastly, Amsterdam’s De Telegraf proclaimed Cavalia as “A fairytale for the entire family!”

Cavalia features 12 different breeds of horses, including Arabians, Lusitanos, Spanish Pure Breed, Quarter Horses, and Paint horses from France, Canada, Spain and the United States. The featured 2-legged artists represent the nations of the United States, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Portugal and Russia.

The significance of the 4-legged performers can also be seen in the signature “C” of Cavalia’s logo, with a horse’s head depicted in the letter (the “l” in Cavalia is also representative in the shape of a horse’s leg).

TICKETS – For its exclusive run in Charlotte, Cavalia will be presented under the White Big Top pitched in Downtown Charlotte (next to the Bank of America Stadium). Tickets are on sale now. Regular tickets are priced from $24.50 to $99.50. If sitting in the stands is not enough for you, the show can be customized for the complete VIP experience from $89.50 to $189.50, including a Horse Lovers Package that lets patrons tour Cavalia’s stables, and the Rendez-Vous Package that includes a tour of the stables, a cocktail/dinner reception and much more. Special pricing is also available for children, students, and seniors.

SHOWTIMES – Opening night will be Tuesday, May 4, 2010. During Cavalia’s Charlotte run, there will be nightly shows except Mondays, matinee and evening shows on Saturdays and early day shows on Sundays. For more information, a detailed list of show dates and reservations, call 1-866-999-8111 or visit

Seen by more than 3 million people worldwide, Cavalia is a tribute to horses and a celebration of the relationship that we have enjoyed together. This multimedia extravaganza features more than 100 two- and four-legged artists, including beautiful horses of 12 breeds, riders, acrobats, aerialists, dancers and live musicians. It is this combination that sets the mood in the majestic White Big Top, the largest touring White Big Top in the world. Headquartered in Montreal, Quebec (Canada), Cavalia is the brainchild of Normand Latourelle who has become renowned for producing popular events throughout the world. Photos: For high-resolution photos, visit Cavalia’s media room at or follow us on or

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