Cavalia, the Cirque du Soleil-style equestrian extravaganza, will return to Scottsdale February 21 for an open-ended run starring 65 show horses splashing through an artificial lake and comin' 'round an artificial mountain under a giant white Bit Top. Created by Cirque co-founder Normand Latourelle, Cavalia debuted in 2003 as a spectacle featuring acrobats both equine and human as well as multimedia, music, dance and eye-popping set pieces.
The show first came to Scottsdale in 2005 for a run that was initially announced for five days and ended up lasting eight weeks. Cavalia has continued to expand the production. The 17,500 square-foot stage includes mountain rising three stories and made of 10,000 tons of earth and stone, while giant video screens create the illusion of vast landscapes from around the globe. In addition to the horses - representing 12 breeds including Arabians, Appaloosas, Thoroughbreds and Warlands - the case includes 50 riders, acrobats, dancers and musians.