Well I have photographed lots of RED CARPET events but never before for our friendly four legged creatures.
THE FOUR-LEGGED STARS OF CAVALIA GALLOP INTO THE DOCKLANDS FOR JULY 24 MELBOURNE PREMIERE
Forty-eight majestic horses, stars of the multimedia and acrobatic spectacular Cavalia: A Magical Encounter Between Human and Horse, arrived at The Docklands in Melbourne today. The trailers transporting the four-legged stars are the last to arrive of the 90 semi-trailers necessary to move the show from its last stop in Sydney to its Victorian premiere on July 24.
Prior to arriving in the state capital, the Cavalia herd, constituted of 11 breeds including Spanish Purebred, Percheron, Lusitano, Warmblood, Australian Stock Horse and Quarter Horse, traveled with a dedicated team of Cavalia’s equine specialists to Shipton Lodge in Cobbitty, New South Wales, for a few days of leisure. Before, during and after transport, a 20-person stables team including trainers, veterinarian, health technicians, grooms and farrier create a comfortable environment and provide daily health care, grooming and activities. Once settled in their 1,500 square-metre stables, the horses each have a designated box with ample space to stretch, lie down, sprawl out, roll and relax. They always have the same neighbors to ensure their environment is familiar and comfortable in each city.
Every day the horses get their share of pampering, including showers, grooming, massages, workshops with their riders and outings to the paddocks. The performance aspect for each horse lasts roughly 12 minutes. The rest of their daily activities include warm-up, recoup, grooming and free time.
Cavalia’s horse training is based upon a philosophy of understanding the needs, the preferences and the emotions of the four-legged stars. The tone of the show, embraced by the entire company, is one of mutual respect, kindness, patience, and trust. Audiences have found Cavalia exhilarating in scope, yet touching in the compassion shown by both horse and human.
Cavalia features 48 horses hailing from Canada, Europe, Australia and the USA and 36 riders, aerialists, acrobats, dancers and musicians from around the world. Under a 35-metre-tall tent, the two and four-legged performers share the colossal 50-metre-wide stage in front of a constantly changing 60-metre-wide digital screen, drawing spectators into a dream-like world.
Touted by TODAY`s Richard Wilkins as “the most brilliant production imaginable”, Cavalia wowed audiences and critics alike in Brisbane and Sydney. Starting July 24, the third Australian leg for the multi-disciplinary spectacular created by Normand Latourelle - one of the co-founders of Cirque du Soleil – will kick off under the White Big Top at The Docklands. Following Melbourne, the Canadian-based troupe will travel to South Australia and Western Australia, where opening night is scheduled for October 16 in Adelaide and for December 18 in Perth.
For more information about Cavalia, go to:
cavalia.com.au or for phone bookings 1800-765-955.
Cavalia - Melbourne Horse Arrivals
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