A Horse of a Different Color: Equestrian “Circus” Comes to Town

New Yorkers may think they’ve seen everything, but they haven’t seen the pageantry, acrobatics and equestrian tricks of Cavalia, yet.

The elaborate show -- something like "Cirque du Soleil" meets "Medieval Times," without dinner -- makes its Tri-State area premiere Wednesday, June 9, and runs through June 20 at the Meadowlands. 

Conceived by Cirque du Soleil co-founder Normand Latourelle, the show is a grand-scale spectacular with 40 performers and 60 horses of 11 breeds.

“My passion in life is to make people dream,” said Latourelle. “When I first introduced Cirque at Battery Park in 1988, I always wished I could return and introduce something new to the New York area. Cavalia took nearly 20 years to conceive, and I am thrilled to represent this one-of-a-kind show.”

More than 3 million spectators have already seen the show in Europe, Canada and other American cities, including Washington, D.C., Boston, San Francisco, Chicago and Los Angeles.

Tickets range in price from $56 to $126 for regular seating, and $156 to $206 for various VIP experiences, which include a tour of the stables.

Children’s tickets start at $39.50, and seniors’ and student tickets run $44.50 and up. Matinee performances are available on the weekends, and on weeknights Cavalia starts at 8 p.m.

A Horse Lovers Package also lets patrons tour the stables, and a Rendez-Vous Package includes a stables tour and cocktail and dinner reception.

In the video above, Latourelle hopes people of all ages go home with a magical experience after seeing the show, which brought little spectator Tyler Degnen to tears, since he couldn't take a horse home with him.

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