News: Bartabas on staging Golgota

Monday 22 February 2016 by Denise Drake

Bartabas, Golgota

Four horses perform live on stage uniting equestrian theatre with art, music and dance as the acclaimed French artist Bartabas returns to Sadler’s Wells, accompanied by contemporary flamenco dancer Andrés Marín. Inspired by the theatricality of sacred rituals, particularly the ceremonies of the Sevillian Holy Week, Golgota navigates the bodies of its human and animal performers through a dramatic environment of Gregorian chants and physical poetry.

‘I can only do it with very old horses,’ says Bartabas, ‘because I have to know the horse perfectly. There is very little space in the theatre and I have to work on their breathing so they are relaxed. If they get tense, they can break everything in the theatre. Communication is more precise on stage, too – you have to trust the horse totally. You see many new details. When a horse moves its ears, you see it.’

Read the full interview in the Guardian 10 February.

Golgota is at Sadler’s Wells 14 – 21 March 2016

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