Bartabas

More anon on Bartabas – several years anon, I hope (just to be cryptic). I’m going to Sadler’s Wells to see The Centaur and the Animal in a couple of weeks. Horses first danced minuets at the theatre in the eighteenth century, and I saw an Andalusian perform there the last time I visited. This …

Dizzying Delights

Here’s a short report at The Local about the restoration of the oldest stationary carousel in the world, in Hanau: Commissioned by 1780 by Wilhelm I., Elector of Hesse, as part of the Wilhelmsbad park, the complicated ride has had a turbulent history. “At the very beginning, the carrousel would have been pulled by local …

The Heart of a Horse

Karen Krizanovich sent me a piece by Ann Hornaday from the Washington Post about the use of sound effects in film soundtracks, with particular reference to the new Disney film about the great American racehorse Secretariat: “… as the chestnut colt — called Big Red through most of the movie — makes his way from …