A few days ago, we previewed the huge new spectacular that plans on taking Valencia by
hoof storm: Cavalia. That post had a… cynical tone, but last night we were lucky enough to be invited to the show’s opening performance. Suddenly, our snarky attitude has vanished.
Cavalia is pretty sweet. “Cirque de Soleil on Horseback” sums it up best, with phenomenal acrobatics (especially when in tandem with trick riding), beautiful music, and sets that are often breathtaking. There was more than one scene that might have come straight out of Lord of the Rings. In fact, we heard multiple exclamations of “¡Legolas!”
And though the Legolas lookalike is indeed dashing, the main attraction is the horses. These are majestic creatures, and you get a real sense of how powerful they are when you see large men doing flips on top of them. They’re fast, too — the stage was extremely long, allowing the animals to sprint across at full speed in some of the show’s most rousing action. If you’re into horses, we can definitely recommend Cavalia. You’ll love it.
And if you want to go, you might be in luck! We’ve been given some extra tickets to share with the readers of HolaValencia.net. We’re raffling off 8 tickets for Saturday evening’s performance (Nov. 29th at 9pm). It’s not El Gordo, but still pretty cool! If you want to take part, just send an email to mail-AT-holavalencia.net with the answer to the question below. Four winners will be chosen at random from the correct answers on Friday morning, and receive two tickets apiece.
The Question: How long does it take to train a horse for Cavalia?
(Just a completely unrelated note… the FAQ at Cavalia’s Website has a lot of interesting information!)