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Theatre review: Cavalia is more than horse play

Published on Aug 13, 2014 3:54 PM
 
It is the raw moments of spontaneity that elevate Cavalia beyond mere horse play, adding a touch of welcomed reality into the realm of the theatrical. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

There is something about a giant tent that beckons to you and promises hidden wonders within.

Stepping into the 35m-high White Theatre Tent located next to Marina Bay Sands for the opening night of Cavalia: A Magical Encounter Between Man And Horse, I was filled with a sense of curiosity.

Maybe it is the city kid in me speaking but I associate horses not just with great power and beauty, but also great mystery. It is this sense of awe that permeates my experience of Cavalia, billed as an "equestrian theatrical spectacular".

The magnificent four-legged beasts are at the heart of this immense production, quite literally. They saunter, gallop, pose and trot all around the 50m-wide stage, sometimes just centimetres away from the audience.

 
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