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Cavalia to bring equestrian spectacular to Taiwan

Cavalia to bring equestrian spectacular to Taiwan

Taipei, Jan. 17 (CNA) Taiwanese will soon be able to see a unique show that mixes equestrian skills and the performing arts when entertainment company Cavalia Inc. stages its production "Cavalia" in Taiwan for the first time beginning next week. The multi-disciplinary show combines equestrian skills, acrobatics, dance, aerial stunts, live music, and special effects, according to the United Daily News (UDN) Group, the promoter of the show in Taiwan. Forty acrobats, riders, dancers and performing artists and 50 horses, representing 12 different breeds from around the world, will perform in the show, which blends nature, beauty and imagination, according to the UDN Group. "'Cavalia' is a recognition of what the horses have accomplished with man, but more than that, it's a real marriage between nature and human beings," Normand Latourelle, the founder and artistic director of Cavalia who created the show, said in Taipei on Saturday. "It married the performing arts world with the equestrian world," said Latourelle, who is also one of the founders of Cirque du Soleil. Because horses take up a lot of space, Latourelle noted, the main performance stage is 50 meters long compared to a regular stage of about 15 meters long. Over the past two weeks, 250 workers have been building a Cavalia village in Taipei, he said. Located next to the Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall, the village consists of seven large white tents that reach as high as a 10-story building. It holds a 2,440 square-meter performance venue, horses' stables and other facilities. A total of 42 shows will be staged at the village from Jan. 22 to March 1. The 50 horses arrived in Taiwan from South Korea around two weeks ago on a chartered aircraft. Margaret Keers, head veterinarian technician of the show, said staff, trainers and performers take great care of the horses and create a comfortable environment for the horses to settle in. "We love them and we take a lot of pride in how we care for them and how we work with them," Keers said. "I hope they (Taiwan audience) can see our love for our horses." The show has been performed in 65 cities before over 4 million people since it debuted in 2003. The show's first Asia tour began in Singapore in August last year. Taipei will be the 66th city to stage the show. (By Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-27 00:31 GMT+08:00