Animal Magnetism

Enter the Zingaro Theater in Aubervilliers, just north of Paris, and you step into another place and time. An Elizabethan-style theater-in-the-round spreads before you beneath a soaring beamed ceiling. As the show opens on the circle of earth below, a gypsy troupe sleeps as their horses gather around a waterfall. It is the morning of a great wedding feast. Bartabas, who co-founded the equestrian theater Zingaro (Italian for gypsy) in 1984, has a new show, Battuta (beat or rhythm in Romany), which also features bears, geese, dogs and acrobatics galore. But this is no circus act—it's a celebration of the migratory...

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