Aug 13, 2014

Cavalia in Singapore: Not Just Horsepower

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For the past few weeks, you have read about it - one White Theatre Tent mushrooming beside Marina Bay Sands, as well as the arrival of 50 magnificent horses and 36 riders, aerialists, acrobats, dancers and musicians. And yesterday, all of these culminated in Cavalia's first-ever premiere show in Singapore (and Asia).


A stirring exhibition of equestrian and acrobatic arts, Cavalia is the brainchild of Normand Latourelle, one of the co-founders of famed Cirque du Soleil. Like Cirque, Cavalia invites the audience into a wonderous world, complete with its sprawling 50-metre stage backed by a 60-metre screen - and holds everyone there for over two hours (with a 20-minute intermission sandwiched in between).


Of course, the real draws of Cavalia are the horses. And my word, they are such majestic animals. Because quite frankly, there is no effective way to describe the sight of the equine performers as they trot, canter, and gallop around the sandy-floored stage.


Plot-wise, there is not much of a storyline to begin with. The different acts are linked through mankind's deep connection with horses, with references to varied cultures like European, Asian and those of the Americas.


I do not want to give away the show too much because I believe this is one show that should be enjoyed as a first time experience. But what you can expect are acrobatics and aerials galore, exceptional horse-riding with the riders balancing on or jumping around them and, quite often saddle-less and completely free.


It is really hard to pinpoint my fave segment in Cavalia, but the trick riding one comes pretty close.


The exciting, comical and dangerous escapades of trick riding had everyone of us in awe, as the riders galloped across the stage in such a seemingly effortless but yet risky manner.


All of them were just so agile that they made it seem like a catwalk.

But all applause paled in comparison when Troubadour the miniature horse made his grand entrance.


It may just be a fleeting 5-second cameo, but Troubadour certainly stole hearts of many in the audience especially Ale who squealed, "So CUTE leh!"

Keep your eyes peeled too, for the moment when part of the performing stage is flooded with water. And with such beauties galloping through the water, no words are really necessary.


The horses, with manes flowing and coats gleaming, and the humans, with jaw-dropping acrobatics and stunts - they all made it look so easy! And together with the superb changing backdrop and live band, I enjoyed them all. 


But what I really enjoyed the most was the reaction of my monkies... and that the reaction of some of the horses can really be cheeky too.


Ash's eyes were transfixed onto the stage, never leaving it for even a single second. He let out a 'Wow' and clapped his hands in delight whenever some of the stunts blew him away. Ayd was much subdued - probably because he was feeling tired - but he was kept equally spell-bound as well. As for Ale, I had initially feared that the dim lighting and loud music may intimidate her. But it turned out that she thoroughly enjoyed the show, not so much for the acrobatics portions but the sight of horses galloping round the stage. And the occasional exclamation of "Pa, the horse's hair is so long and pretty... just like mine!"


 “Breathtaking” is often an overused word but in Cavalia, it is inexplicably beautiful and intoxicating with a sense of feeling of humans treating horses with love and respect. And the animals reciprocating too.

Whether you are a horse lover, a non-horse lover, or a parent, this is one show that you cannot afford to miss. Cavalia is truly a show like no other. That's how spectacular it is.



Useful Information

Cavalia: A Magical Encounter Between Man and Horse
Venue: Under the White Theatre Tent, at Bayfront Avenue beside Marina Bay Sands
Dates: 12 Aug - 5 Oct 2014
Times: Tue - Fri: 7.30pm | Sat: 2pm & 7.30pm | Sun: 12pm & 5.30pm
*No performances on 13,19 and 26 August 2014
Duration: 2.5 hours (including 20 minutes intermission)
Tickets: $58, $88, $98, $148, $188, $208, $248 & $288 (excluding booking fees)
*To buy tickets, visit www.sistic.com.sg/events/cavalia0914
Discounts: 
- 10% discount for Standard Chartered Cardholders [Valid from 25 July onwards] 
- S$141 (Cat 5), S$111 (Cat 6), S$73.50 (Cat 7) for Family Pack - Buy 3 Get 1 Free! 
[Valid from 4 Jul 2014 till 31 Jul 2014]  Applicable for Cat 5 - 7 only and for Tue - Thu & Sun Matinee only
Website: www.cavalia.sg

UPDATE: To give you an idea of how the view looks like from the furthest back of the spectator stand, this is the view from seat category 7 ($98).


GIVEAWAY! (CLOSED)

Thanks to Cavalia, I have a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky reader! The tickets are for the $148 category, and are strictly for the October 3 2014, 7.30pm show. That day is Children's Day, by the way.

To take part, simply answer the following question:

What is the date of Cavalia's final performance in Singapore?

Leave your answer in the comments section in this blog post or in the corresponding Facebook post HERE.

This giveaway is open to all residents in Singapore and the winner must collect the tickets personally. Giveaway ends on 25 September 2014, 2359 hours. Good luck!


RESULTS! Thanks to one and all for participating! The response has been overwhelming but sadly, I can only pick one winner.

Congratulations to CHERYL NG for winning the pair of Cavalia tickets to the 3 October 2014, 7.30pm show! Please email me at kelvin(at)cheekiemonkie.net before the end of 29 September 2014. Failing which, I will pick another winner. Thanks!


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134 comments :

Anonymous said...

Hi Kevin. I can't wait to go since the clip you posted when writing about the tents. The tickets Will add up quite a bit for our family of 5 though. Any idea which of the cheaper category is still watchable? When I was a student, I bought the cheapest ticket to watch les mis but I might as well not be there.

Kelvin Ang said...

Hi,

Thanks for supporting our blog! :)

We were seated somewhere in the middle portion for our show. But I had climbed all the way up to the top of the spectator stand and it gave quite a good view of the entire stage.

I was told that except for the cheapest seats which have partially obstructed views (due to the columns used to prop up the tent), the seating area has been designed to give a good view of the performance regardless of the seat category.

Hope it helps!

Sam Tan said...

I notice you have a lot of Photographs on your blog for this show. You shot them and they do allow you to bring a camera in to shoot? ( Minus the flash that is for sure as it would spoke the horses) But they allow photography as you got some really good shots of the performance and it does not look like you used a phone to shoot. Thanks.

Kelvin Ang said...

Hi Sam,

Thanks for dropping my my blog!

Photo-taking is discouraged during the show.

The photos that I took from the Cavalia show were from an earlier preview session that the media was given.

Hope it clarifies. Thanks!

Sam Tan said...

Thanks for the clarification... guess I have to leave my cam at home heh..

Anonymous said...

Thanks Kevin for the reply on tickets.

lileng said...

Hi Kevin,
Where is best to park?
Thanks
LL

Kelvin Ang said...

Hi Lileng,

Best place to park is the open air carpark beside Marina Bay City Gallery. If it is full, MBS or Marina Bay City Link Mall is good too.

Anonymous said...

Hi rina here i would really love to watch cavalia with hubby and my little one who is only 1yrs old do you have any advise if it is suitable for my little one as he can go cranky at times was thinking also which alse seat would you suggest if its suitable!?
Tia!

Kelvin Ang said...

Hi Rina,

Thanks for dropping by my blog! I think a one-year-old might not be able to sit through the entire show, as he may not be able to fully understand the show as yet.

As for seating, I think tickets of the $88 and $98 range will be able to offer a good enough view.

Hope it helps!

gerry said...

Hi,

In your opinion, the show is suitable for what age group of kids? Thinking to bring my two years old along But am afraid they are too young too. Do you think it is suitable for their age? TIA.

Kelvin Ang said...

Hi gerry,

I think 3 years and up will be a good age as they will be more aware and more likely to be attentive to the show.

Hope it helps!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kevin,

We are going for the show tonight. I wonder if there is any eateries nearby?

Lys

Kelvin Ang said...

Hi Lys,

Oops, I only just saw your comment. Sorry about it!

Hope you and your family enjoyed the show!

We ate at Marina Bay Link Mall.

Jess said...

The date of Cavalia's final performance in Singapore is Oct 5

preciouz said...

Cavalia will close on 5 Oct 2014 , the final performance is 12pm. The show was extended twice and i have yet gotten tickets for it. I tried to win through its sponsors Fuji Xerox to no avail. My son has been bugging me ever since he saw the tentage when we were at that area during the NTUC kite festival. It These are very pricey tickets to indulge my 5 year old but i really hope to make his dream come true!

SC said...

The date of Cavalia's final performance in Singapore is 5 October 2014 :)

Jingxian said...

5 oct

Celyncloset said...

5th Oct 2014

Elaine said...

The date of Cavalia's final performance in Singapore is 5 October 2014 :)

Wenli said...

5th Oct 2014 will be their final performance!

KATHY WOON-TAN said...

The Final performance in SG is 5 October 2014
Perfect gift for myself... hehe #bestbirthdaypresenton3oct

Siew Wong said...

The final date of performance is Sun 5 Oct.

Aruna Thesupermum said...

Cavalia's final performance in Singapore will be on the 5th October 2014.

adeline koo said...

5th October, same day as my birthday

Meili Ke said...

5th October

ariel.tai said...

The date is 5 October 2014 :)

Good luck to me!

Evelyn Hu said...

Last performance is on 5 Oct 2014!

Christine Ng said...

Last day of the performance is 5th October. Thanks for running the contest :)

yingwei xie said...

The date of Cavalia's final performance in Singapore is 5th Oct 2014!

I have three young kids and they love horses! They would be delighted if we could bring all three of them to watch the show and the tickets will offset a huge sum of the final price since paying for 5 full price is too expensive for us!!

Chin Jin said...

Cavalia's final performance in Singapore is on 5th October 2014

yingwei xie said...

The date of Cavalia's final performance in Singapore is 5th Oct 2014
My kids love horses and they would be delighted if we could bring all three of them to watch the show!! We won't be able to pay for 5 full price tickets so the free tix can offset the sum!

arlennya said...

Last perfor"mane" will be on 5th October 2014.. ;)

Thank you for the opportunity!

Anonymous said...

Cavalia will be performing on the 5th of October for the last time in Singapore.

Adeline said...

Cavalia's last show in SG will be on 5 Oct.

Anonymous said...

Last day of performance on 05 Oct 2014.

Hopefully i can win the tickets. Can't wait to watch the show with my girl. It will be girls only HAPPY HOURS ! ! ! ;)

Anonymous said...

Final Performance of Cavalia is 5th October 2014. My kiddos will certainly love to watch the horses in Action.....neigh!

Anonymous said...

Karis See
hellokaris@yahoo.com.sg

Answer: 5 October 2014

snowy said...

Last day of performance on 05 Oct 2014.

Hopefully I can win the tickets. Cant wait to watch the show with my girl. It will be girls only HAPPY HOURS! ! ! ;)

Cen-Lin Ting said...

Their last day of show is 5 oct 2014! Thanks for hosting the giveaway! I love the many places you bring your family and shared on the blog!

3rd Oct is also exactly 10 years since me and hubby started dating! I was telling him this year marks our ten years together and let's celebrate! If we win the tickets, it will be so memorable! So hopefully I have luck this time! :)

Cen Lin Ting
Tinkene@gmail.com

Jean said...

Cavalia's final performance is on the 5th Oct! Thank you!

May Eng said...

Last Performance is on 5 Oct 2014 :)

Alvin De Los Reyes said...

Oct 5

Elaine said...

The final performance is on 5th oct!

Thanks for hosting the giveaway and hope I am the lucky one!

Elaine
elainemummy [at] gmail.com

kiddypro@gmail.com said...

The date of Cavalia's final performance in Singapore is 5 October 2014!! :)

Eileen Wong said...

Cavalia's final performance in Singapore is 5 October 2014.

Li Chuin said...

Final performance is on the 5th Oct! Thanks!

Cheers,
Li Chuin
t_that15@yahoo.com

SHENNY said...

ANS: 5th Oct 2014

Vinturesome Joy said...

5 October at 5.30pm. I want to catch them please.

Pepper said...

5th oct 14

Jessie Chua said...

Hi,

The answer is 5th Oct 2014, hope to win the tickets to watch with my little gal! Thanks!

Fiona said...

5 Oct 2014.
Fiona (fio_spirit@yahoo.com.sg)

Clara See said...

5 October 2014 is the last performance

Tina Tan said...

5 Oct 2014

Anonymous said...

Last day of performance on 05 Oct 2014!^_^

Cheers
Hwei fang
Weifang0314@yahoo.com

Crystal tan said...

5 Oct 2014

Lynn Tey said...

5 Oct 2014 :)

Jean Boon said...

Hi, their last day of performance is on 5 October 2014!

Sweetheart Rachael said...

5 October 2014

Kenneth Loh said...

Question: What is the date of Cavalia's final performance in Singapore?

Answer: 5 October 2014

..::rei::.. said...

Hi Kelvin,

Thanks for keeping us fans in mind. Hope to catch this before the final performance on 5 October!

CHIN OI LIN said...

Cavalia's final performance in Singapore will be on the 5th October 2014.

Big Tree and Koala said...

On 5th October 2014 :) would love to meet you and your lovely children in person.. hope to win the tickets! :)

bigtreeandkoala@gmail.com :)

debz said...

Last performance is on 5 Oct 2014. :)

petrinagoh said...

The Cavalia's final performance in Singapore is Sunday 5th Oct 2014.
petrinagoh@hotmail.com

lina said...

Last performance is on 5th oct 2014. Even with a fractured ankle, I will wish to be there with my mum! Thanks for the chance!

Anonymous said...

The Final performance in SG is 5 October 2014!

siokhoon@rocketmail.com

lam said...

Final performance is on 5 Oct 2014 5.30 pm

Lamyp.bds@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Final performance will be on 5th october 2014

sthong188@gmail.com

Audrey said...

5th October 2014
Hope to win the tickets!!!
The kids would definitely be thrilled watching the performance! !!
Thanks in advance ��

Anonymous said...

Final performance will be on 5th october 2014

sthong188@gmail.com

Lee Yuling said...

5th oct will be their last performance.

Wish me luck!

yuling_dave@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

The final performance will be 5th October 2014! Thank you for this Chance;)

Katherine Chen said...

Final performance is on 5th October 2014 1730hrs

Tan CP said...

5th October hope to bring my kiddo for he show ! thanks for your treats

Jenny said...

Last day of show is on 5 oct! Oct is happy month for us, my son n my birthday and our wedding anniversary! Hope we get lucky and get the free tickets! Thanks!

Carolyn said...

the last show is 5 October 2014, 7:30pm. Thanks for organising the giveaway!

janet tan said...

5 Oct 2014...thanks!

Mavelyn Seah said...

Final show date is on 5th October 2014....

Ophelia said...

It's 5th October 2014! Winning a pair of tickets wil be really lucky!

Anonymous said...

5 oct 14 cindyc29@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Final performance will be 5th october 2014..
Hope to win the ticket for to bring my 7yr old son to watch. Will be a surprise to him if I win the ticket.

thong18@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

5 oct 2014. My email address is witejasmine@yahoo.com.sg

Hope to win the ticket and bring my gal to see the show. Thanks.

Poon Hwee Ling said...

5th October 2014, thank you for awesome giveaway!

Kaz Linda said...

Hi Kelvin,
Thank you so much for giving us a chance to participate in this contest. The final performance is on the 5th Oct 2014.

We hope we are lucky enough to win the tickets for our child to watch the show :)

God bless us!

kaz.linda@yahoo.com.sg

Cheryl said...

Last day of show is on 5 Oct! Thanks for the awesome giveaway and hope to win the tix for our family of animal lovers :)

My email add is havensbreath@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Cavalia's last show in SG will be on 5 Oct 2014.

Neo Kwang Hui
annhocktpt@hotmail.com

Shirley said...

Wow! U have very awesome pictures in here, Kevin! And i thought Cavalia has ended with the school holiday last week. Never win any tickets for the show so far and it is seriously pretty expensive if whole family were to attend.

So now, I can answer that the last session is on Sun 5th Oct 2014 at 530pm. Hope to win a set of tix for the kids to enjoy this marvellous performance. Thanks for kicking this show alive again!

Shirley Yong
shirley@yong.sg

Yew Siew Ling said...

�� October 5th!!! ��

Siew Ling
ysiewling.xanthe@gmail.com

JingRong Loh said...

Cavalia's final performance in Singapore will be on 05 October 2014 :)

daphnegal said...

05.10.2014

Andrew Wong said...

5th October 2014!

Ryan Sim said...

5th October 2014. Hope you pick me!

Junie Chia said...

WOW Awesome Cavalia's Tickets Giveaway! My Children will enjoy seeing all the Horses...Cheekiemonkies posted a lot of picture, my children is so excited! Final performance will be on 5th Oct 2014. Hope my children will stand a chance to see Cavalia's Performance.

toothy_fairy said...

Th date of the last performance is 5 oct 2014. Thanks!

jlkh said...

5 Oct 2014. Thks!

Averie said...

Final show is on 5 October 2014. Thanks :D

email: lysaverie@hotmail.com

EIIQAH CHIA said...

Last performance is on 5 October 2014!

email: eqah_pink@msn.com

Jun Ling Gan said...

Cavalia's last performance is on 5th October 2014. As a horse lover, I have been dying to watch Cavalia! Hope to win the tix!

karen said...

05 September 2014
email: heart_ocean03@hotmail.com

ho LS said...

Cavalia's last performance is on 5th October 2014. 

Jessica Tham said...

The Last day of performance is on 05 Oct 2014 :)
email: jesstham7@hotmail.com

Jeslyn Gwee said...

Cavalia's final performance in Singapore is on 5th Oct 2014. Thanks for sharing the lovely wonderful experience in your blog :)

Teresa Tang Yoke Lan said...

5th Oct 2014

email: teresa_tangyl@yahoo.com.sg

Kassandra Tan said...

5 October 2014

email : kassandra_tan@yahoo.com

Fuan Cho Tan said...

5 October 2014

Evelyn Lim said...

5 oct 2014
Evelyn
Elim220380@gmail.com

Xinyi said...

Final performance on 5 oct
Email:Xinyi.cxy@gmail.com

Kailing said...

Last performance on 5 Oct 2014. hope i can get the chance to see the beauty of the horses.

Fok Kee Tan said...

5 October 2014

email : tang_f_k@yahoo.com.sg

Gnaw Yeow Tan said...

5 October 2014

email : lisa_tangy@yahoo.com.sg

Cindy Tan said...

5 October 2014
email : cindy_tanss@yahoo.com

Yeong Beng Tan said...

5 October 2014

email : ybeng_tan@yahoo.com.sg

Liew said...

What is the date of Cavalia's final performance in Singapore?

Ans: SUNDAY OCTOBER 5, 2014

Thanks for the giveaway!
My email is liew.jing.yong@gmail.com
Hope I win

Bon Atanoso said...

Hi Kevin,

Just want you to know you have a great blog! Keep it up!

My answer in your Q is

5th October 2014.

Thanks.
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Angeline Seah said...

Last day of performance is 5 Oct 2014.

For my parents especially my dad born in the year of horse who hopefully can come and watch together with us and grandkids on Children's Day. Thanks =)

Anonymous said...

Hi kelvin

Final date: 5 October 2014.

I have been your secret follower of your blog as I find entertaining with current happening! I have 3 kids too. I get many ideas of what to do from your blogs! Thanks for sharing!! My son n I have been waiting n waiting to go to Cavalia. We really hope to watch it! I am desperate. I m sure you understand how a parent feels esp you mentioned quite a bit on your kids' reactions upon seeing the horses!

I can collect the tickets personally at your conveniences. My email: adelinelsp@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

5th october 2014

Thanks!

Min

Blurangel.min@gmail.com

Bryan Cheng said...

Answer: 5 October 2014
Email: bryancheng77@hotmail.com

Hope to catch the show before it ends. Thanks for the giveaway! =)

Unknown said...

Last day of performance is on 05 Oct.

magdalene bernadette said...

The final performance is 5th October 2014, Sunday.

Anonymous said...

It's on 5 Oct 2014 :)

joylow@ymail.com

MaMa said...

Final performance is on 5 Oct. It is a great show which I hope to bring my parents & kids to catch it before it is gone!

Mummy J said...

5th Oct 2014

Divya said...

Last show will be 5th of Oct in Singapore.Hope i can surprise my little one..

Anonymous said...

5th October 2014, sunday! Hope i can win to bring my kids there:)

Anonymous said...

The final performance is on 5th Oct 2014.
Kwek_ce@yahoo.com

Anita said...

5th oct 2014.
Would love to win - it's my birthday tomorrow :)

Anita said...

5th oct 2014
Really wish I can win ! It's my birthday :)

Sausalito62@hotmail.com

Erica Huang said...

The final performance is on 5th Oct 2014. Hope to win the tickets so I am able to bring my daughter to watch the performance. As she really likes horses. Thank you.

Jayne said...

The last performance is on 5th October 2014! :)

Would really love to catch Cavalia cause I love horses and would love to appreciate thier spectacular performance!

Jayne Lee
jayne.luv@gmail.com

Tang Lai Fun said...

Hi, the final day of performance is 5th Oct 2014.

Thank you.
Tang Lai Fun

Jingwen Mun said...

Final performance is on 5 Oct 2014.

Love your blog and Fb, very informative and well-written posts that are concise and at times humorous.

And we have 3 kiddos as well so yours is one of the parenting blogs I feel closest to!


Jingwenmun@gmail.com

Xiang said...

Just saw this and I'm slightly late! Anyway, shall give it a shot because I hope to bring my parents for this show. Final performance is on 5 Oct, Sunday.

Thanks for your review! (:

xianglfc_rockz@hotmail.com

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