The latest and much-anticipated Theatre Zingaro equestrian spectacular has been unveiled at Rouen. The founder and artistic director of the company, Bartabas, is a star in France and across much of Europe and this latest show is called Liturgie Equestre. Set in an abbey, the atmosphere fo the show is redolent of some sort of equine prayer – perhaps even a Mass for horses.
Says Bartabas: “Man was the last animal created on earth. Believe me or not, it’s a proven fact. And other animals are much closer to their origins, their instincts, whatever their origins. That fascinates me. I think that animals, especially horses, feel things that we can’t feel any more. The same movement in man will give an impression of power and energy but of constrained energy. What interests me is the unrestrained energy of a horse…”
Spectators were, as usual, bowled over. Said one member of the audience: “It’s real art. It’s not just dressage. You can tell it’s real choreography – very impressive.”
Said another: “Doing the show in an abbey, a church, really adds to the emotional impact.”
Bartabas and his students can be seen working daily at his school in the Palace of Versailles, just outside Paris.
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