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'Cavalia,' equine-themed touring show, returning to L.A. in January

November 18, 2010 |  9:00 am


"Cavalia," a circus-themed touring show featuring a host of equine performers, is returning to Los Angeles in January for a limited run. The show is set to kick off Jan. 19 at a big-top-style tent in downtown Burbank, at 777 North Front St.

The show is expected to run through Jan. 30, but there is a possibility that it will extend, according to a show representative. Each performance can seat approximately 2,000 people.

"Cavalia," which last appeared in Southern California in 2006 in Irvine, was created by Normand Latourelle, formerly of Cirque du Soleil. Organizers said the current production is nearly double the size of the original show, and features new artists, horses and  acts. Among the new acts is performer Sylvia Zerbini, who works with nine unbridled Arabian horses.

In all, "Cavalia" will feature 50 horses and 33 performers, including riders, aerialists, acrobats, dancers, musicians and a vocalist. Organizers emphasized that the show rests on a philosophy of compassion and a "mutual respect shown by both horse and human."

The show runs approximately 2 1/2 hours, with intermission. Parking will be available at designated areas near the performance site.

"Cavalia" has toured various U.S. cities and recently opened in San Francisco.

-- David Ng

Photo: Sylvia Zerbini in "Cavalia." Credit: Pascal Ratthé