Last night was another amazing experience I was ever so lucky to be invited along to.
It also offered Grumpy Pants and I the rather rare and elusive Night Out Together Without Kids – some call this a Date Night. We call it a freaking miracle!
Yes, we had extra special VIP tickets to Cavalia. Not just any VIP tickets, either, but Social Media tickets, which meant we were allowed to take photos and video of the night and share them on our social media networks.
We arrived at the White Big Top at Docklands,where it was cold and wet and I wondered why I bothered making vague attempts at doing something with my hair.
The near-drowning courtesy of Melbourne weather was quickly forgotten via the appearance of bubbles and some incredibly delicious food. You know how important food is too me. Not just any food, mind, but really, really nice food 🙂
Then on into the White Big Top to find our seats and experience the show.
I have a love hate relationship with horses. As a tweenager, like just about every other tweenage girl I have met, I adored horses. I was horse mad. I even had horse prints on my t-shirts and socks. It was my post-ABBA-love phase (where I had ABBA prints on my t-shirts and socks). I had horse everything.
I loved horses.
Horses did not love me so much. In fact, the last three horses I have been on have thrown me off. I’m not sure why. They just have. I really, really want to like horses, but I find their reluctance to accept me difficult and it makes me not like them just a little. It’s very confusing.
Aside from that, the other thing I adore is fabulous musculature. I’m one of those people that stares, uninhibited, at marathon runners legs. Not because I think they’re hot, but because I really appreciate the craftsmanship of a well-carved thigh. It’s a difficult thing to explain, but it helps to explain one of the reasons I like horses. I just love the way their bodies work.
Appreciative, then, was I when we were treated to the wonderful sight and athleticism of these magnificent beasts.
Oh, yeah, and the horses weren’t too bad, either 😉
(Sorry, but I just had to get a shot of a horses arse. I think I’ve been spending too much time with my own kids.)
It was truly an amazing show, described as a “magical encounter between human and horse” and created by Normand Latrourelle, one of the co-founders of Cirque du Soleil – you could tell!
And although I was really wanting to see a horse or two up on the trapeze, and they didn’t indulge me in that respect, I really enjoyed the show; both the horsey bits and the human bits as well as the bits where they (the humans) did incredible things on ropes and trapezes and thingies and the horses were involved in their acrobatics and the rest of it.
The tricks on the horses were just mindblowing and had me freaking out slightly, but, just … WOW! I did wonder how many times some of them had been kicked in the head by a horse before they got their move right, but they all seemed to be relatively normal and not concussed or brain injured in any way.
We also had the incredible privilege of meeting some of the cast after the show and a tour of the stables (I believe there is a ticket that’ll get you this, too) where Grumpy Pants too several, really bad photos.
I tell you, those horses are spoilt!
And, at the end of the show, a little bit tired and grumpy and refusing to talk to anyone, even if they only had a teensy part to play during the show.
If you get a chance to go along, please do. You don’t have to love horses, or even like them to enjoy it, and if you are a horsey type, then you’ll appreciate it just as much.
More info can be found at www.cavalia.com.au
Disclaimer: I was not paid in any way to write this post-show review. I was given two VIP tickets to experience the show, eat, meet the cast and have a stable tour and required only to take photos and post them on my social media profiles during the show, no more, no less. This review of my experience is my own doing and all opinions are my own.