Nov 15th, 2012 by Carolyn Resnick
Cavalia is back in town and played to a full house on opening night. I was there and got to see another episode of the evolving show. Cavalia has been a favorite horse entertainment of mine for years. The first show featured Frederic Pignon and his amazing horses at liberty with his beautiful Lusitano Stallions. Frederic was marvelous beyond words. After many years the show then featured Sylvia Zerbini with her amazing Arabians at liberty and her flowing connection that was magical. What would be a dream come true would have been able to see them both in a performance together.
This year in San Diego the show consisted of 48 horses with 40 riders and acrobats, but did not offer a headliner. Could it be possible for the show to continue the magic? Simply – “yes”. The horses are the true focus of the show and, again as ever, Cavalia is an amazing spectacular event!
The Show’s Focus
The show this year is focused on the connection shared between horses and humans. It starts out softly to open your heart to the magic and wonder and then builds to a faster and faster pace that offers a “wow” factor that only Cavalia can provide. The first part was a bit slow for me. I felt that the beginnings’ soft romantic part was too long before the action took over. However, the audience was enthralled, mesmerized and entertained. It was obvious that the audience was truly grateful to experience such a show. Everyone was wowed as they expressed their deep emotions by their sighs, applause and laughter with a gusto and exuberance that I have seldom witnessed. That night Cavalia delivered!!!!
I could see that all the entertainers were carried to their best ability from the crowds’ enthusiasm. At the end of the show it was out to the stables to meet the well cared for horses that we, the audience, fell in love with on stage. It is a horse lovers “must see”. You will see breeds up close that you will never get to see in a lifetime without extensive travel around the world.
The music is live, rhythmical and soulful. The staging is grand, beautiful and amazing as usual. Water curtains magically appear along with an appearing and disappearing pool of water and falling autumn leaves. The stage is something that I will remember forever along with the energy of the horses’ free spirits running through it and the riders who love them.
Normand Latourelle, the Artistic Director of the show, has put his heart and soul into bringing great entertainment with a message to the world in how magical the relationship between horses and humans can be. The trainers and riders in Cavalia are true horse lovers and many have been with the show for years. Throughout the show, each horse has only one rider, in order to keep the bond between horse and human alive and intact while on tour. The footing that is provided to the horses is the best in the world and it is brought from Canada to provide the horses the safest footing that could be provided. The focus of this show is on Horses, Horses and Horses and a care that is to be admired and expected. Cavalia is spreading the word to the world that horses need to be remembered and honored through our care of them.
Cavalia keeps evolving and one day possibly there may be a show with horses only at liberty sharing a magical connection between horses and humans that will be fully realized. My dream is that the evolution of the show could be that the show would give up the bits that the horses must tolerate to have a connection with man. It could be a story told that man discovers that a horse will carry him without the control he thought necessary and that this connection is born from the human truly believing in the magic we share with the spirit of the horse. Yes we have come a long way in mans’ evolution of empathy for horses and possibly one day we will have a show where the horses are truly liberated, and the metaphor and reality are one.
Thank you Normand for bringing the evolution of horse and man to the next possible freedom. Yes, see the show, spread the word and help the show to the next evolution that could offer a story line that by dancing in partnership with a horses’ free spirit intact that man can realize the liberation of his own soul. I am looking forward to the next chapter that I believe is in the making.
There is something special about horses. Something that we honor in them that they have, that we do not come by naturally. No matter how restricted or abused a horse is in his life and environment, a horse stays in touch with his free spirit and that is to be admired.
This is my idea for the next show. I heard a story about a beautiful Arabian stallion in Arabia that was so feared and fierce that all four of his legs were bound to the ground, each leg tied to a stake. He was kept that way for years, unable to move, held by his shackles. His bones and ligaments must have been locked up and had grown together so badly that he would not be able to move, and because of this he was set free, for no one feared him anymore. And when he was set free, to the surprise of the men who released him who had feared him, he took off faster than any horse had ever run and was never seen again until a blind boy, that was abandoned by his family, came back riding on the Stallion to the place that the horse been bound. This spot, were the stallion was bound, was also were the boy had been abandoned. Upon returning to this spot a miracle happened, the boy gained his sight back and the horse was never tied up again. The town, for all the years the stallion was tied up, was in economic disaster. Now that the Stallion had returned with the boy, the town became a sanctuary of abundance for all that lived there. The moral of the story is that in strife we can grow strong and miracles happen if we can experience freedom in the moments of our capture, like this Stallion. This story was told to me in the late seventies.
If you have a story you would like to share, or a book, on the bravery of animals and the magic, I would like to hear it. I am sure we can conjure up some magic in today’s blog in honor of our next step in the evolution of empathy and humanity to all things that horses inspire in us.
Below are videos from the Show…
Be on the lookout for new horse and human sightings and may the horse be with you.