There and Not There
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In 2003, le Théâtre équestre Zingaro presented Loungta -Les Chevaux de Vent at the Festival d’Avignon, where Bar tab as and his troupe have been regulars for the last 10 years.1 Their ritualistic performances, defined by a unique theatrical vocabulary, present a human-animal encounter (mainly between horses and humans) which aims to erase the boundaries between species in performance. The purpose is, above all, to think about humans and horses performing together in harmony, blurring the boundaries between trainer and trainee, human and horse, human and animal. The performances often represent a strong aesthetic proposal in which space, light, colour and movement all work towards creating a mesmerizing spectacle, and feature virtuoso performance acts from humans and horses alike. Humans perform all sorts of circus-like acts while riding on the horses’ backs, and horses produce subtle and detailed performances unseen in other equestrian spectacles. While watching, however, one struggles to keep the focus on the human, continuously mesmerized by the finesse and virtuoso skills of the horses. It is easy to forget that what makes the performance possible is not only the result of training — that is, the human’s shaping of the animal — but also the willingness of the animal to be trained and his/her capacity to respond to that training.
KeywordsLive Animal Contemporary Theatre Fictional World Representational Strategy Rehearsal Process
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