The Lipizzaner Stallions
Posted 21 November 2003 - 05:00 PM
SHOW: war scenes
VOICEOVER: They were once trained to fight, and acquitted themselves bravely in battle.....
SHOW: The Lipizzaners today.
Music changes to ballet music.
VOICEOVER: And now, they .... dance ballet.
[Pause] Kinda gives you hope for the future, doesn't it?
And so I wondered if they had a site, and of course they do:
The Lipizzaner Stallions
Posted 21 November 2003 - 05:15 PM
Posted 21 November 2003 - 05:59 PM
Posted 21 November 2003 - 06:19 PM
WHen I was a boy I read a lot of the Chincoteague books -- probably all of them -- which, if you don't know them, are novels about the wild horses that really do live on an island in the Potomac, or maybe it's in Chesapeake Bay...... The books are rather like Green Mansions with horses instead of people, the horses just basically run around like the wind all the time...... Asd I recall it -- there must be events or something, but basically it's just kind of like Serenade.....
Which brings me to say, I never see Serenade without thinking of Misty of CHincoteague.
The Lipizzaners, on the other hand, when I saw them perform in a HUGE sports arena in San Jose a few years ago (and I was trying to arrive without having too big an expectation) were pretty disappointing. There was lots of paraphernalia, long waits, and not much movement; and even when they did hteir cabrioles -- it DID look difficult, but it looked so small -- and not very poetic. It seemed a LOT of effort expended to small visual effect. Of course, the cabriole was a military maneuver, designed to produce deadly impact on the opposing knight's horse, and when you think that they were supposed to do this while wearing armor AND bearing an armored knight, the strength and control required is enormously impressive -- but it didn't make an enormous impression on me, that night.
If I remember right, the horses we saw have their home base somewhere in Florida. I'd go back to see them again, though.
I saw a dog playing frisbee the other day that was a gorgeous, fabulous athlete, just the most beautiful sight.
Posted 21 November 2003 - 07:54 PM
Posted 21 November 2003 - 08:32 PM
My real question is, how close were you to them, how big was their "field" -- etc. We were in a stadium, huge place, where you might watch pro baseball or football, and hte scale of it had a lot to do with my disappointment.... How much could you see of the action?
Posted 21 November 2003 - 09:26 PM
On that occasion, I was not even lucky enough to see a rehearsal. But I did tour the stables, and was thrilled when a groom/rider handed me a lump of sugar, opened a stall door, and gestured me inside to give it to the horse.
Posted 22 November 2003 - 04:55 AM
Most of this training is called haut ecole, and if you're really in the know it's not so much the airs above the ground, but the "corps" work, so to speak. Getting even one horse to collect itself, or step out in an extended trot is hard enough, but to get many of them working in the same way at the same time is really impressive.
That said, there really isn't much "art" in it, though there used to be a big fashion for equine ballets, even as recently as the 19th century.
(Can you tell I like horses? :rolleyes: )
Posted 22 November 2003 - 11:40 PM
Paul Parish, on Nov 22 2003, 04:32 AM, said:
Posted 24 November 2003 - 05:41 AM
dido, on Nov 22 2003, 02:55 PM, said:
Their new site doesn't work yet, but the old one is there:
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