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Cavalia Inc.
TypePrivate company
Founded2003 (as Voltige)
FoundersNormand Latourelle
HeadquartersMontreal, Quebec, Canada
Area servedWorldwide
Key peopleNormand Latourelle
Dominique Day
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Cavalia Inc.
TypePrivate company
Founded2003 (as Voltige)
FoundersNormand Latourelle
HeadquartersMontreal, Quebec, Canada
Area servedWorldwide
Key peopleNormand Latourelle
Dominique Day

Headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Cavalia Inc. is an entertainment company that specializes in the creation, production and touring of shows for audiences of all ages. Founded by Normand Latourelle, the company has an expertise in equestrian and performing arts, and is known for making the most of cutting-edge technology, multimedia and special effects, which allows for the creation of magical, unique, never-before-seen[citation needed] theatrical experiences that presents large-scale equestrian and performing arts productions. Its shows display equestrian and acrobatic techniques such as Trick Riding, Vaulting, Haute École, Pas De Deux, and unbridled displays. Cavalia has produced two shows up to now: Cavalia: A Magical Encounter Between Human and Horse, and Odysseo.

Name origin[edit]

Cavalia is a fabricated word, inspired by the Spanish and French words for horse (caballo and cheval) and the English word cavalry. Normand Latourelle often says he'd love to open a dictionary some day and see "Cavalia" defining his multimedia production about the historical relationship between humans and horses.


Created in 2003 by Normand Latourelle under the name of "Voltige",[1] the very first show was held in Shawinigan, Quebec. The large-scale multimedia performance the company delivers is often compared to Cirque du Soleil, of which he was one of the four original co-founders as well as Managing Director and Executive Vice-President from 1985 to 1990. Apart from Latourelle's history, Cavalia has no affiliation with Cirque du Soleil and remains a separate entity. The company's original production, Cavalia: A Magical Encounter Between Human and Horse, has been touring since 2003 and has reached over 4 Million spectators across North America, Europe and Australia through more than 2,200 performances (as of September 2013).[2] Odysseo, Cavalia's newest show, premiered in October 2011 in Laval, Quebec.

In May 2009, the Government of Canada provided Cavalia with a $4-million loan to Cavalia Inc. to develop new productions and construct a horse-training facility in Sutton, Quebec.[3]

First Production: Cavalia, A Magical Encounter Between Human and Horse[edit]


The first show is a tribute to the relationship between humans and horses throughout history, delivering a fresh mix of equestrian and performing arts, multimedia and special effects. Often labelled an equestrian ballet, it expresses a dream of freedom, cooperation and harmony.[4] Riders, acrobats, dancers and musicians share the stage with horses. A Magical Encounter Between Human and Horse features about 50 horses, 5 musicians and 45 artists including riders, aerialists, acrobats, dancers from all over the world.[2]

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Cavalia's Key Players[edit]

Cavalia's performance is a multimedia production based on various light and sound techniques as well as performing arts. These are the main creators that contributed to designing the show:

The Equine Performers[edit]

Drawing on a tradition that stretches back to Lord Astley in the 1700s, Circus as we know it was defined and developed by the Horse Exhibition. The stars of the show are the horses, all of them either stallions or geldings. (There are no mares). Many of the horses are Lusitanos, and the remainder are Andalusian (PRE), Canadian Horses, American Quarter Horses, Paint horses, Belgians, Percherons, Arabians, and Appaloosa. The show's horses were originally from Canada, France, Spain, and the United States.[6] These horses eat 40 bales of hay per day; they consume 900 kg (1980 lb) of grain and 20 kg (44 lb) of carrots each week. Many of the horses have their manes braided when not performing, and Templado's knee-length mane takes 90 minutes to complete.[7] The horses are maintained by a team of 20 people, including a stables manager, two veterinary technicians, a farrier, and several groomers.

The horses are only asked to practise one hour each day, and they get two hours each day for play. The whole performance is 2 hours and 30 minutes per show, 7-8 times each week, and the horses are trained to understudy for each other so that different horses can be given the day off.

The Human Performers[edit]

The show also features over 20 human stars from Canada, and also from France, Kyrgyzstan, United States, Australia, Mexico, and Morocco.

The Big Top and Village[edit]

The show is performed in what was once the largest tent in North America, a 2440 m² (26,300 ft²) big top, and takes 40 people 12 days to erect and 7 days to dismantle. The stable adds on another 1070 m² (11,500 ft²), and it takes 45 trucks to move the whole show. The 46 m (150 ft) wide stage takes 1500 tons of sand to complete.[8]

About the White Big Top[edit]

Cavalia’s village includes nine tents[edit]

Second Production: Odysseo[edit]

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Acrobat Troup Odysseo.jpg

Odysseo was launched in 2011 and has been enjoyed by more than 900 000 spectators.[10] In this second production by Cavalia, "horses and humans leave together to meet a world between dream and reality by traveling through the great wonders that nature has offered, deserts, waterfalls, canyons and glaciers."[11] This second show portrays equestrian arts, acrobatics, music, multimedia projections and special effects under one Big Top. It features some 300 different costumes.[12]

Odysseo's Key Players[edit]

Odysseo borrows from several different performance arts and techniques. The following are the principal creators from various disciplines who contributed to designing the show:

The Big Top[edit]

The Big Top in Edmonton (2012)

Like the first production's Big Top, Odysseo's tent was designed specifically for the needs of the show and the vision of its creators. It is two and a quarter times bigger than the first one and is (as of September 2013) the largest touring tent in the world.[14]

The exterior[edit]

The interior[edit]

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Assembly and transport[edit]

Touring history[edit]

With its eponymous show, Cavalia has toured around the world and performed in the following cities:






Ticket, Spain, 2008.



The Cavalia show in Downtown Miami, Florida, 2010.






With its second production, Odysseo, the company has toured in North America, visiting:[citation needed]







  1. ^ Cavalia, A Dream of Freedom, François Broussseau and Valérie Martin, translated by Waguih Khoury, 2004, ISBN 1-897092-01-6, p.20
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  3. ^ "Cavalia gets a $4-million jump on new production". Montreal Gazette (Canwest). 2009-05-26. Archived from the original on 2009-05-27. Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
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  8. ^ Cavalia, A Dream of Freedom, François Brousseau and Valérie Martin, translated by Waguih Khoury, 2004, p.62
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