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Battuta: The Zingaro Equestrian Theatre
by Ted Cahill
on 22 June 2006
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French "cavalier" poet and performer Bartabas combines an unimaginable hybrid of horses, horsemen, musicians, images, and dance under the roof of one virtual stable/stadium to create "Battuta," a wild performance art experience on the fence between popular and high art. In this new creation inspired by culture of "les Tziganes" or gypsies, Bartabas, with his troop Zingaro examines the infinite poetry of travel, along with its accompanying freedoms and the danger those freedoms can induce, in a 90-minute performance that hypnotizes the audience to the point of vertigo. Opening 29 June 2006, Battuta takes place nightly through 27 July 2006 at the Festival d'Avignon in France.

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