ALL THE PRETTY HORSES

FRANCE'S THEATRE EQUESTRE ZINGARO BEGUILES WITH DARING FEATS AND SPELLBINDING IMAGES

On a frosty January evening, a thousand people are waiting in line outside a wooden amphitheater in the Paris suburb of Aubervilliers. When the great barn doors swing open, the crowd pushes inside to fill plywood benches surrounding an arena of sand. This is the Theatre Equestre Zingaro, one part theater, one part choreography and one part a celebration of the mystical union between horse and human.

Scenes and dreamlike visions inspired by India leave spectators spellbound. Beside a shallow pool at the ring's center, a young woman gentles a skittery gray horse, their reflections glimmering on the water's turquoise surface....

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