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date: 19 October 2019

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Today’s equestrianism re-creates to varying degrees how humans have derived power and mobility from horses and how horses have contributed to human efforts in ways that often go unremarked in historiography. With high cultural aspirations and concerted invocations of history in practicing an age-old art, Bartabas and Théâtre Equestre Zingaro offer an extraordinarily revealing re-creation of the civilization-forging relationship between these two species. Their work helps us imagine the ways horsemanship, in times when horses were an economic and military necessity, could inform what happened not only on roads and battlefields but also in bedrooms, offices, and backstage. These dynamics, whose cultural politics resound well beyond the horse and performing arts worlds, become most visible through an examination of the Zingaro lifestyle, training, and riding methods that produce both the individual dances of Bartabas’s oeuvre and the larger historical human/equine dance.

Keywords: Bartabas, Théâtre Equestre Zingaro, Mazeppa, equestrian performance, human-horse relationship

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