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EDITORIAL – 23/5/2013: CAVALIA & THE ART OF INSPIRATION

By Andrew L. Urban

Horses, acrobats, music and technology on a stage bigger than an IMAX theatre would not normally make it to this page in this zine. But then Cavalia is not a normal live show, and the reason I am writing about it is because it inspires, excites and satisfies … all things that good cinema does, too. All art does, too … not always.

The fusion of artistic and physical creativity is superbly illustrated in this show playing at Sydney’s EQ (till June 26, Melbourne from July 24).

Apart from the astonishing performances of the horses (47 of them) and the daredevil work of the acrobats, the thing that stands out is the exceptional, almost tangible mood of welcome, harmony and generosity of spirit that the production generates through a variety of communication means. The audio visual elements, the all-embracing sense of respect and care for the animals and the quiet nobility of the horses are all ingredients.

The emotional payoff is quite similar to that of a superbly written and produced movie, which gives audiences a collective, sharing experience that cannot be replicated at home.

Perhaps all art forms have the capacity to do this, and it is why great music, for example, is so necessary for the human spirit.

If I sound all geezed up, that’s also thanks to Cavalia. Do yourself a big, unforgettable favour and make sure you experience it.

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