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INSIDE THE PERIMETER: Cavalia extends Atlanta tour stop until Jan. 3

Special Photo. Canadian performer Carey Hackett offers a drink of water to a horse named Tunante during one of the opening acts in Cavalia.

Special Photo. Canadian performer Carey Hackett offers a drink of water to a horse named Tunante during one of the opening acts in Cavalia.

Leaping over obstacles, gracefully executing choreographed turns and showcasing their incredible beauty, the real stars of Cavalia have four legs.

A dozen breeds are represented in the 60 majestic stallions and geldings that create the dramatic presentation inside the White Big Top at Atlantic Station.

The horses are joined by acrobats, aerialists, riders, dancers and trainers who, together, weave an experience that highlights the bond between horses and humans.

Created by Normand Latourelle, co-founder of Cirque du Soleil, Cavalia is reminiscent of Cirque's circus arts while introducing equestrian artistry to the visual medley. Through original live music and special and lighting effects, the show's creators have fashioned a dream-like atmosphere where audiences are able to peer into the world of Cavalia.

Audiences have the opportunity to observe trick riding, vaulting, the classical art of riding and unbridled displays, during which horses roam freely across the 160-foot stage.

In a stunning display of the bond between horse and trainer, American performer Sylvia Zerbini guides as many as eight unbridled horses in a sort of equine dance that is a highlight of the show, along with the act that follows showcasing trick riding that transports audiences to the wild west.

After five weeks of sold-out performances, Cavalia's North American tour stop in Atlanta has been extended through Jan. 3. Along with tickets to the show, two packages are available that offer added experiences: the Horse Lovers Package includes a tour of the 16,500-foot on-site stables, while the Rendez-Vous Package includes a stable tour, a cocktail/dinner reception, desserts during intermission and an autograph session with a couple of the artists.

Tickets for Cavalia are available by calling 1-866-999-8111 or visiting www.cavalia.net.