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Dance with the horses
Cavalia lets stallions take the stage in Atlanta show
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Cavalia combines the majesty of horses with acrobats and other circus-like spectacles.
Cavalia
When: 8 p.m. today, 3 and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; performances continue through Jan. 3
Where: Under the white tent at Atlantic Station (off 20th Street NW), Atlanta
How much: $34.50-$189.50
More info: 866-999-8111

The relationship between human and horse has never been so magnificent as in the entertaining Cavalia, now showing at Atlantic Station in downtown Atlanta.

Scheduled to close right after Thanksgiving, the show has been extended to Jan. 3. Anyone who sees this show will also see why it was extended.

Cavalia artistic director Norman Latourelle was a Cirque du Soleil founder, so those who are familiar with Cirque antics know what’s in store. They may, however, also know what’s in store for the wallet — ticket prices are not cheap. But, as they say, you get what you pay for.

In this case, it’s an evening of rapt wonderment and thrills that leave you with the odd sensation of being completely satisfied with all you’ve seen but wanting to see more.

Seeing horses on stage is nothing special if you’ve ever been to a circus of any sort. But seeing horses on stage in Cavalia is different. The 12 breeds of stallions in the show are the real stars. They interact with the human performers throughout the show, coming together in a celebration of the horse.

If you are not necessarily a horse lover, you will still be entertained by Cavalia. If you are a horse lover, you’ll want to get in line for tickets for the next show.

The human acrobats, trick riders, aerialists, dancers, horse handlers and horses themselves are even more impressive when you stop to realize that managing animals in a live performance can be a challenge. But the human performers, especially the lead performer Sylvia Zerbini, can guide the animals back onto “the script” when they get off track.

The show also includes panoramic projections and visual effects, a stage long enough to allow full gallops and live musicians as a backdrop to the horses and humans cavorting through the evening. And everything takes place under the Big Top, which rises 100 feet above the ground and spans 26,264 feet.

It may mean skipping dinner out a couple of times to justify the expense, but the few times Cavalia comes to town may help justify the expense.

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