Today TheatrePeople saw one of the worlds largest touring tents raised, in preparation for the Sydney season of Cavalia: A Magical Encounter Between Human and Horse. The White Big Top which is home to this incredible production is an immense structure, gleaming white with fairy-tale spires towering 10-stories high, which rose from the ground in mere minutes.

Currently wowing audiences and critics alike in Brisbane, Cavalia will open in the Sydney on Wednesday, May 15. Over the past decade, Cavalia’s White Big Top has graced the skylines of the largest North American and European cities. Standing at 35 metres tall – over 10-stories high – and spanning more than 2,440-square-metres, Cavalia’s White Big Top accommodates a 50-metre-wide stage, created to provide the horses space to gallop at times completely free and express themselves in all their grace, strength, and beauty. Weighing more than 50 tons, the White Big Top is comprised of more than 6,630-square-metres of canvas and seven trailers are required to transport it. Cavalia hires a team of locals to erect the enormous tent in each city it visits, once the tent is up it takes climbers a week to climb and clean the big white tent.

Created by Normand Latourelle, one of the co-founders of Cirque du Soleil, Cavalia is a unique and lavish orchestration of the equestrian and performing arts.  The large-scale production stars 44 horses and 36 acrobats, aerialists, dancers, musicians and riders from around the world, and has been seen by some 3.5 million viewers worldwide.

Stay tuned for more on Cavalia's pre-season activities, on the 9th of May TheatrePeople will see the arrival of the 44 horses at the Entertainment Quarter.

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