MAILED: Aug. 6, 1997|
EAU CLAIRE -- The Wonderful World of Horses, starring the world-famous Royal Lipizzaner Stallions, will return to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire for two shows in Zorn Arena on Sept. 18 and 19.
The performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and at 8 p.m. on Friday.
The family arena attraction features 14 stallions on its 28th anniversary tour.
This season offers "A Symphony in White," a special salute to the Spanish Riding School of Vienna. All-new music, choreography and routines emphasize the historical background and foundation of the Lipizzaner Stallion - from its original breeding and use as a horse of war to a horse of nobility and aristocracy to a living form of equestrian art.
Also included in the show is a segment called "Airs Above the Ground" - a demonstration of the spectacular leaps and maneuvers once used by riders to protect and defend themselves on the battlefield.
The Lipizzan is a rare and unusual breed with a history and culture known worldwide. The 1963 Disney feature "The Miracle of the White Stallions" - which tells the true story of how General George S. Patton saved the horses from certain extinction at the end of World War II - created an even greater international interest in the breed.
Although the Lipizzans star, other show breeds are featured - including the ancestral forefathers of the Lipizzan, the Spanish Andalusian and the Arabian. The Andalusian is shown in saddle and in a presentation in which the rider performs all the maneuvers of the Grand Prix Olympic-level dressage on the longline, while walking behind the horse and guiding him through his paces.
The performance concludes with the traditional Grand Quadrille, featuring six to eight Lipizzaner Stallions with their riders performing an intricate equine ballet, exhibiting maneuvers through the highest level of dressage. The Lipizzans prance, march and intricately weave their way across the floor to the music of the Masters in a spectacular ballet of four-footed white dancers.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 18. Admission is $16.50 ($14.50 for those age 12 and under, age 62 and over, and UW-Eau Claire students). Tickets are available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, and will be sold at the door.
The show is sponsored by Entertainment Specialists Inc., and the University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Aug. 6, 1997