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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | September 26, 2021

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Horse Power


It’s the biggest show Brisbane has ever seen; 44 horses, 36 performers, a 35-metre-tall big top and a 60-metre-wide digital screen.

Cavalia will premier in Brisbane on the 6th of March.

The scale of Cavalia: A Magical Encounter Between Human and Horse is hard to imagine. Luckily, with its Australian premiere quickly approaching on the 6th of March, audiences won’t have to wait long to experience it for themselves.

“Brisbane has a very close connection with the performing arts, and of course the horse is very important in Queensland as well,” says Cavalia’s Eric Paquette, “it was just the perfect fit”.

The show was created in 2003 by Normand Latourelle, a co-founder of Cirque du Soleil. Since then, it has been seen by over 3.5 million people in performances across North America and Europe. The 2013 Australian tour marks the first time the production has travelled to the Southern Hemisphere.

“Cavalia is not a horse show, it’s a show about horses,” explains Paquette.

It is a unique concept. Guests are guided through a dream-like journey, discovering the unique bond that is shared between human and horse.

“The difference between a regular show and Cavalia is the perfect mixture of the acrobatic and the equestrian elements… there is nowhere in the world where you will see what you see on our stage”.

Trick rider Spencer Litwack with her horse, Tad.

It isn’t difficult to understand why. Cavalia’s success has been driven by its ability to bring together the world’s best equine performers; the show currently features horses from seven countries and the company is interested in discovering new talent whilst Downunder.

The disciplines on display each evening are similarly diverse; each act is also supported by the show’s live band and the use of a large screen onto which special effects are projected.

Of course, at the heart of Cavalia’s success is its timeless tale of human and horse.

“The relationship, the time the riders spend with the horse, that’s what matters the most,” says Paquette, “there’s no way you can see what you see on stage if that relationship and the bond between the rider and the horse it not there”.

It is that special synergy that will both move and delight those who take their seat under the iconic Big White Top in the coming month; with strong ticket sales already, Brisbane audiences will have to move quickly to secure their place at the ‘mane’ event.


What? Cavalia: A Magical Encounter Between Human and Horse

When? 6th March – 24th March

Where? The Big White Top, 34 The Circuit, Brisbane Airport (adjacent to DFO)

Tickets? $39 +

Bookings? visit or call 1800 765 955