Cavalia, that live show featuring 50 horses (16 stallions and the rest are geldings, just in case you’re curious), has made its debut in Singapore last Monday. It will be showing until September and you HAVE to watch it.

I will let the pictures tell you why:

Trick riding on a saddled horse

Trick riding on a saddled horse

Aerial dancers doing their thang, I imagine that they're pretending to be desert nymphs?

Aerial dancers doing their thang, I imagine that they’re pretending to be desert nymphs?

Lotsa aerial acrobatics in Cavalia

Lotsa aerial acrobatics in Cavalia

I love that Cavalia doesn’t treat its horses like circus performers. Each performance is a celebration of equestrian arts and the horses are not made to do stunts outside of their nature. Horses and humans cavort in front of the dreamlike backdrop with such spontaneity that surely attests to their irreproachable chemistry.

Most of the acrobatics are done by human performers. You’ll see people riding on bare-backed horses, leaping from horses, standing with two feet on the back of two horses galloping at full speed… You get the idea. To me, the horses are co-performers who are there to add visual interest. And they indeed kept the 2,000 member audience spellbound.

Being at one with the horses

Being at one with the horses

Asher and I left at the interval because the tot had school the next day, but my favourite performer on opening night was Lasso Girl. I’m sorry I don’t have her name! But she worked that lasso like firecracker.

Lasso girl cracking her whips!

Lasso girl cracking her whips!

If you want to see a show with horsemanship and showmanship, this is it.

Look out for the big top beside Marina Bay Sands

Look out for the big top beside Marina Bay Sands

WHAT: Cavalia: A Magical Encounter Between Man and Horse
WHEN: Premiered August 12, matinee and Evening performances scheduled through September 2014
WHERE: Under the White Theatre Tent, at Bayfront Avenue beside Marina Bay Sands; park at the Wilson carpark in Bayfront Avenue
TICKETS: Available at www.cavalia.sg or by calling +65 31586735
Or at every Sistic outlets online at www.sistic.com.sg or by calling +65 6688 8826
S$58 to S$288 + applicable fees.
MORE INFO: www.cavalia.sg