Review: Just Horse Play?: ‘Ex Anima’ by Théâtre Équestre Zingaro for Culturised / by Susanna Forrest

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Bartabas (the stage name of Clément Marty) is a prominent figure on the French cultural scene. He’s credited with inventing his own genre of theatre and is a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres with a technical prize from Cannes for his 1993 film, Mazeppa. Past collaborators include Pierre Boulez, Pina Bausch, Dries Van Noten, and Philip Glass. In February 2018 he was awarded the Prix Marcel Nahmias by a jury of theatre professionals. Zingaro’s shows are usually exuberant or haunting combinations of dressage and the classic circus arts of vaulting, Cossack tricks and horseback acrobatics. Their originality lies in Bartabas’ stagings, a flow of non-narrative scenes with borrowings from sources as diverse as Kurosawa, Fellini, Mexican Calavera art and Roma culture.

For Culturised. (26th March 2018)