Cavalia's equestrian performing arts show coming to Marymoor Park in January

The Big Top is returning to Marymoor Park, but this time with a new act.

Cavalia's "A Magical Encounter Between Human and Horse," a unique, extravagant production combining the equestrian and performing arts, will come to the King County park, located near down Redmond, next January.

Created by Normand Latourelle, a co-founder of the famed Cirque du Soleil, the show will premiere Jan. 24, 2012 under the White Big Top at Marymoor Park at 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E. in Redmond.

Cirque Du Soleil's "KOOZA" came to the Marymoor Big Top in June of 2010 and Cavalia makes a return trip to the area after making its Northwest debut in 2004.

“The show has travelled across both North America and Europe over the past seven years," said Normand Latourelle, president and artistic director of Cavalia. "Cavalia is continually evolving to highlight not only the strengths and personalities of new artists and horses, but to present them in virtual settings created by the latest multi-media technology available. We look forward to sharing this new experience with the Seattle community.”

So what exactly can Cavalia attendees expect?

Already enjoyed by three million people across the U.S., Europe and Canada, critically acclaimed Cavalia takes place under an enormous 26,264-square-foot white big top rising more than 100 feet high. The lavish production involving 38 riders, aerialists, acrobats, dancers, and musicians features 45 horses from all over the world.

Panoramic projections onto a 210-foot-wide screen and other visual effects draw Cavalia audiences into dreamlike virtual environments, where they witness a celebration of the bond between humans and horses.

Spectators face a 160-foot-wide stage which allows the horses to gallop at full speed, at times running completely free, unfettered by bridles or halters. At times thrilling, at times poignant, Cavalia explores humankind’s relationship with the horse throughout history, according to Cavalia press release.

The press release goes on to say that "viewers discover an unbridled life in the wilderness, then early domestication, and ultimately a strong relationship with humans. Cavalia’s horse training is based upon kindness, patience, trust and mutual respect. Audiences have found Cavalia exhilarating in scope yet intimate in the compassion shown by both horse and human."

The New York Times remarks that Cavalia’s theme is “Celebrating horses, humans and their bond” and O Magazine exclaims that the show is “breathtaking!” CNN’s Larry King raves that Cavalia is, quite simply, “The greatest show I have ever seen! Spectacular. Beautiful. Like being in a dream. I loved it!” The Washington Post exclaims, “Impressive, highly refined, indeed a wonder!” And The San Francisco Chronicle raves, “Cavalia takes horse play to a new level, even for non-horsey folk.”

Headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, Cavalia is the brainchild of Latourelle, who has become renowned for his innovative approach to show production. Cavalia has visited more than 40 cities across North America, including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Miami, Chicago, Toronto and Montreal, as well as European countries such as Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands.

Redmond residents can follow Cavalia’s latest developments at

For a sneak peak of the show, click here.


Tickets, which on sale now at or by calling 1-866-999-8111, are priced from $54.50 to $ 99.50 plus applicable fees. The show can be customized for an extended experience from $ 129.50 to $189.50, including a Horse Lovers Package that lets patrons tour Cavalia’s stables after the show, and the VIP Rendez-Vous Package that includes the post-show stable tour, a cocktail/dinner reception and much more. Special pricing is also available for children (2-12), juniors (13-17), and senior citizens (65+).


The show opens Jan. 24, 2012 and performances will be held through Feb. 5, 2012. For a detailed list of show dates and reservations, call 1-866-999-8111 or visit



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