For a long time thought of as an equestrian utopia, the Galop arrière (« Backward canter ») requires for the horse and its rider to have an incredible bond and mastery, as well as the exceptional ability to move backwards while facing forward. It was thus natural for Bartabas, in order to evoke his whole journey and that of the Théâtre Zingaro, to choose this stately title, with a peculiar perspective; a way of going back in time without retracing his steps. Even though this project is indeed about exploring and bringing twenty five years of artistic adventures back to life, it is not a nostalgic recollection.
It is an original and accomplished film which is offered to us. The furious ardour of the Cabarets, the challenges of the Opéra, the magic of Chimère, the pure beauty of Eclipse, the painful celebration of Triptyk, the active meditation of Loungta, the iconic bolting of Battuta, everything is there, and yet another secret, intimate, glimpsed story is written, using the words of the poets to tell the meaning of an unusual, risky, unyielding, inspired life.
A life, once and for all, in the shape of a cavalier fate.
* Available on DVD here *