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‘Cavalia’ draws 100,000, continues through Jan. 6

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The White Big Top in Atlantic Station is home to "Cavalia." AJC file photo

“Cavalia”, the dreamy horse-and-acrobat show under the White Big Top in Atlantic Station, had its 100,000 attendee in Atlanta today.

Atlanta has been its most successful market outside of Canada, doubling its planned run from five weeks to 10, and selling out for 31 of its 56 shows so far. After it closes in January, it will move on to Miami.

Michael Diamantides, general manager at Atlantic Station, said the show was on track with expectations, but hadn’t drawn audiences as strong as Cirque du Soleil’s — a difference he chalks up to name recognition. He also “Cavalia” will likely return to Atlantic Station in 2010 or 2011, and Cirque will be back, too, with a new show.

Still, the show was a win for some retailers, and especially restaurants, who enjoyed the dinner-and-a-horse-show crowd. Diamantides said word-of-mouth was good for the show, and they still get calls about it every day.

“It’s a great site. The tents are really wonderful – Camelot-ish,” he said. “It had a very positive effect.”

When it opened in October, I offered up a brief take on the show, and my colleague Howard Pousner wrote a glowing review. Now that 100,000 of you have seen it, what do you think? Was it what you hoped for? Have any of you seen it more than once? Would you go again?

Want to go? “Cavalia” continues in Atlanta through  Jan. 6. $39.50-$199.50. Under the White Big Top at Atlantic Station, 241 20th St. N.W., Atlanta. 1-866-999-8111,

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Sharon Barrow

December 29th, 2009
9:24 pm

Cavalia was worth every penny. This was also my first trip to Atlantic Station. It was a great weekend, especially since after I parked my car on Friday afternoon I didn’t need it again until I left for home on Sunday. Great hotel, good food and interesting people-watching topped off by a fantastic show of horsemanship, acrobatics, dance and live music! I still don’t know how the performers did 1/2 of their routines. Did I mention how enjoyable it was to have everything I needed within walking distance? :) If you haven’t been to the show, hurry and go!


December 29th, 2009
10:14 pm

Cavalia is a great show. I wanted to cry because the horses were so beautiful and graceful. I will now be taking up horseback riding.

Catherine the Great

December 29th, 2009
10:30 pm

i’ve seen it 14 times so far…

Mike Rhino

December 29th, 2009
11:03 pm

I felt duped. The ads looked like Cirque, the tents looked like Cirque, the location was the same a Cirque but the show is a far cry from Cirque. As far as a horse show is concerned it was fine, but when you walk into a show expecting Cirque and get a fancy horse show with jugglers, it was quit a let down for me. Maybe if I was into horse training, I might have better appreciation for the overall performance.
However, there is a limited amount of entertainment value in watching a horse(s) walk backwards, sideways and kneeling down; then running back and forth on command so they can get food while some ho-hum cowboy stunts are performed. I paid well over $200 for two tickets on the third row. The seats were tiny. I am 6′ 220 and was shoved into a seat designed for a midg…I mean a smaller person. The person in front of me was half an inch from leaning back and using my knees as a head rest. If you enjoy the intense odor of fresh horse dung an urine then make sure you blow the extra cash for the after the show tour, which lasts 20 min, with no flash photography, no touching anything. Capped off by having the pleasure of listening to the french staff talk about you as you walk past. If you want to pay a lot of money to see a show that rocks, make sure it is a Cirque show and not some Cirque impostor.

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December 30th, 2009
12:19 am

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December 30th, 2009
6:13 am

Excellent show! Would go again in a heart beat!

Snidely Buttright

December 30th, 2009
6:17 am

14 times?! With the ‘cheap’ seats at $100+ a pop…on discount? Dang. Nice to see the recession is working out for SOMEone…


December 30th, 2009
6:18 am

I purchased two premium seats. The hourderves were ok, nothing special. Regarding the performance, my sense is if you are a horse lover it would be very entertaining. on the other hand if you just appreciate the animal as is it will become laborious to watch. I felt the acrobats were almost like Circque’s junior varsity. Some missed their flips and were clearly not at the top of their game as you expect from a Cirque de sole troupe. Perhaps Cavalia’s best acrobats get a shot as a part of one of the Las Vegas shows which are the best of the best. Would I care to see it again? Not even if it was free admission.


January 2nd, 2010
11:53 pm

It was an awesome show! Definitely worth the money. If you nay sayers would do your homework, you would have know exactly what to expect. NO one said it WAS Cirque. I’d like to see you guys try some of the stunts!


January 3rd, 2010
12:05 am

Has anyone noticed how people have become such harsh critics of EVERYTHING? If it’s not perfect…well then, they didn’t get their monies worth. James probably thinks a MLB game isn’t worth the price of a ticket if there isn’t a home run hit every inning. I would have loved the opportunity to go to something like this, but I don’t live in Atlanta anymore. I appreciate the beautiful animals that work their hearts out for their riders and the people that work hard and practice hours on end to put on a good show for their patrons. I don’t know, maybe they were tired?

The Grinch

January 3rd, 2010
12:16 am

It was absolutely excellent. I went twice. It was far better than the last Cirque that came through, which almost felt like an imitation of itself. This was much more fresh and original. It makes all the difference in the world to sit in the front row, though. Spend the extra cash; it’s more than worth it.

Mike Rhino, if you don’t like horses, you probably shouldn’t have gone to a horse show. Look up the word “Cavalia.”


January 3rd, 2010
8:46 am

As a non-horse person, I must say that I was unexpectedly mesmerized by the animals. Particularly impressive was the segment where a single trainer directs a group of around 8 horses with no riders. The choreography was spellbinding. The show is entertaining and everything that takes place on the stage is great. The seating arrangements, however, are very uncomfortable. I am of average size and shape and had a very difficult time in the seat. A couple of inches room more would have made it much more tolerable


January 3rd, 2010
9:50 am

Poor Mike Rhino and James. They must be missing a synapse somewhere in the brain. THIS IS NOT CIRQUE. Never advertised as such, never intended to be such. It is by all accounts a horse show.


January 3rd, 2010
10:01 am

Give Mike Rhino a break. Since he’s from Georgia he either can’t read or he’s drunk. We have to draw really specific pictures for these guys.

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