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Bellagio horsing around?

Oct 22, 2002 8:18 AM

   The world’s largest big top tent is going up at the Bellagio to house a return performance of Cheval next month.

   Created and directed by Gilles Ste-Croix, the former director of creation for Cirque du Soleil, Cheval features 15 breeds of horses and a cast of 30. The Nov. 22-Jan. 5 performances mark a return engagement for the show.

   The hand-painted tent, which seats 1,500 spectators, is being erected on the south side of Bellagio at Harmon Avenue. The exterior of the round, multi-peaked tent replicates a castle in France’s Loire Valley.

   The 90-minute performances feature multiple acts, including equestrian vaulting, Garotcha, High School Dressage, The Carousel, Freestyle Dressage and Bohemio, a comedic horse who cleverly lets his trainer who who is truly in charge.

   Breeds include spirited Arabians, Barbs, Andulusians, Friesians and various Spanish horses. Belgians, Percherons, Haflingers and Canadians carry fearless, agile athletes on their powerful hindquarters, defying the laws of gravity while an American miniature horse, “Chabo,” makes up in spirit what he lacks in size.

    “Cheval is a show for all ages, a place where families can bring children and grandparents,’’ said Ste-Croix. “It is a holiday experience that reflects the beauty of the season.’’

   Tickets are available through Ticketmaster, the Admission Network and at all MGM Mirage box offices. Adult prices run $49-$59, with senior citizen and children’s discounts available.