"Walking is the mother of all gaits, and silence, air for those who want to learn. Your song resounds from ear to hoof, your whole being is a symphony that I have learned to listen to. " In his book D'un cheval l'autre, Bartabas evokes the "Silent Talks" he has with his horse, Tsar.
Attaching a microphonic device and various sensors to the horse's body, the animal's step, breath and respiration nourish a sonic narrative generated in real-time—in space and with adventure—which serves as the music for this fascinating choreographic duo. "Now, I would simply like to show a man and a horse who, in silence, seek each other out, listen to each other, and learn from each other."
Bartabas scenography, design and stage direction
Manuel Poletti creation and IRCAM sound setting design
Paul Boulier, Clément Cerles IRCAM sound engineers
With Bartabas and his horse Tsar
Bartabas, Entretiens silencieux (Silent Talks)
Théâtre équestre -Premiere 2020
Bartabas et son cheval Tsar © Franck Fokerman