Press Release

Cavalia Heads to Dubai World Trade

04 Mar 2014

Cavalia Heads to Dubai World Trade

​Cavalia, an innovative multi-media and multi-disciplinary production created by Normand Latourelle, one of the co-founders of famed Cirque du Soleil, is set to continue its Middle East Tour at Dubai World Trade Centre with an exciting, revamped version of the show lined up for Dubai audiences. 

Premiering on March 20, 2014 under its signature White Big Top, this longer version of the equestrian extravaganza – including new stunning projections, new breathtaking acts and new costume -  features 47 magnificent horses, 44 riders, aerialists, acrobats, dancers and musicians from all over the world. Tickets for Cavalia will be on sale tomorrow, March 5, at www.ticketmaster.ae

Normand Latourelle, Founder and Artistic Director of Cavalia says: “We are thrilled to continue our first ever Middle East tour in Dubai with an extended version of the show. It is an honour to bring this unique theatrical production, which started on the other side of the world in Canada, to a country that has such a great cultural affinity with both performing arts and horses.”

Mr. Latourelle adds: “Cavalia saw sellout audiences in Abu Dhabi during February and due to popular demand, we knew we needed to bring this beautiful production to Dubai. This epic version of the show will have a longer running time, allowing for even more spectacular equestrian moments and beautiful digital effects. Having travelled around the globe, Cavalia speaks a truly universal language and we can't wait for Dubai audiences to experience its magic.”

In Cavalia, horses cavort with the many artists in front of a constantly changing digital background projected onto a 60 metre-wide screen, drawing spectators into dream-like virtual environments. Unlike traditional horse shows, Cavalia’s audience faces a single 50 metre-wide stage which allows the horses space to gallop at full speed, at times running completely free, unfettered by bridles or halters. Cavalia takes place under a white, 2,440-square-metre big top, rising some 35 metres high that gives the horses an ample playground to perform with their trainers and artists. 

Enjoyed by more than 4 million spectators across the world, Cavalia virtually reinvents the equestrian arts. The poetry flowing from this grand equestrian and acrobatic adventure shines a light on a more humane world where human and horse may live in harmony. With Cavalia, spectator sets off to discover the limits of his imagination, and gets to experience a world of beauty and harmony.

Ahmad Alkhaja, Senior Vice President - Venues, Dubai World Trade Centre, commented: “The UAE’s heritage holds a deep fascination and respect for horses – a key motif of Cavalia. We are proud to bring this enchanting display of the majestic symbol of our history to DWTC, as it promises to be an extravaganza for equestrian fans in the emirate – with the Dubai World Cup, Dubai International Horse Fair and Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship taking place around the same time. We encourage residents and visitors alike to come and enjoy this unique experience which is set to make its mark on the emirate’s booming events calendar.”

Delightful, thrilling and poignant, Cavalia explores humankind’s longstanding relationship with the horse. Juxtaposed with the vibrancy of the production is a subtle thematic line that takes audiences through the evolution of horses and human’s interaction with them. Cavalia’s horse training is based upon a philosophy of understanding horses, rather than making horses understand the humans around them. The tone of the show, embraced by the entire company, is one of mutual respect, kindness, patience, and trust. 

Cavalia has received critical acclaim from around the world, including The New York Times, which noted that the theme of Cavalia is “Celebrating horses, humans and their bond”, while The Washington Post described the show as “Horseplay of the highest order”. Las Vegas Magazine claimed it is “One of the most spectacular hybrids of modern theater in the world”, The Toronto Star said “A new fairy tale-like show from the imagination of a Cirque du Soleil founder”, while Paris Match defined it as “Pure poetry”. Bild in Berlin called Cavalia “A wonderland full of mystery and poetry”, Telecinco in Madrid raved “One of the most beautiful shows in the world”, The Oprah Magazine called the show “Breathtaking!” and Jay Leno of The Tonight Show raved, “The greatest show I have ever seen!”.

Commenting on the event, Hamad Bin Mejren, Executive Director of Business Tourism at the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), said: “The month of March is the pinnacle of Dubai’s elite equestrian calendar, and we are excited to be welcoming the spectacle that is Cavalia to the Emirate. Visitors attending the event in Dubai can expect to see the full version of this renowned show, one which Dubai Calendar is extremely proud to have formed a strategic partnership with.”
TICKETS – For its exclusive run in Dubai, Cavalia will be presented under its signature White Big Top at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Tickets prices start from AED 250 and can be bought from www.ticketmaster.ae        ​