Portrait of the Zingaro circus, led by its creator, Bartabas. The equestrian troupe prepares its next show in Aubervilliers.
One can not disassociate the equestrian theatre Zingaro from its founder Bartabas, equestrian choreographer and rider, born in 1957. At the end of the 1970s, he joined the artistic adventures of two other troupes: The Théâtre Emporté and the Cirque Aligre. Zingaro was noticed at the "Off" Festival in Avignon in its first year, 1984, with his firstEquestrian Cabaret. The show evolved into two other versions played until 1990. The third was scheduled in 1989 at the "In" Festival in Avignon. The same year, the troupe set up in the Aubervilliers fort. It performed in Europe and went to New York for the first time withChimère( created in 1994). The following shows (Eclipse, Triptyk, Loungta, Battuta) received global renown, from Russia to Los Angeles, Istanbul, Tokyo and Hong Kong.
Well beyond the frontiers of classic circus, Zingaro proposed poetic and varied content, filled with diverse music and culture (Asian, Berber, Gypsy), where the horse leads the dance in quasi-symbiosis with man. In 2002, Bartabas created and directed the Academy of Equestrian Shows in Versailles, whose role is the transmission of the equestrian show art.