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The horseman Lorenzo and his horses take wing to the sound of a string orchestra, offering a magical and unique experience performed every day in the arena at the Grand Palais.

© Robin Hasta Luego

© Robin Hasta Luego

Twelve horses cross the arena, driven by an extraordinary energy. They trot in time to the violins and their power echoes the dynamic sound of the strings. The same agility, the same strength, orchestrated in tandem by Lorenzo and Nathalie Shaw. This is the first time that the equestrian performer, his horses, the first violin and her chamber orchestra have combined their talents in a performance created for the Saut Hermès at the Grand Palais. It is also the first time that Lorenzo criss-crosses this arena, standing upright in Hungarian style, guiding his Lusitanos with his voice. Under the glass roof, alchemy is in the air. Lorenzo and his horses fly across the arena to the music of Camille Saint-Saëns, Arvo Pärt and Maurice Ravel, jumping fences in a sequence of movements of stunning dexterity. The man, still standing, who leaps nimbly over the fence, so fast and so high that he could be flying. Musicians, horses and horseman each perform to their score. In the same tempo, the music follows the line of the equestrian figures that traverse an ephemeral landscape of reeds and wood. Each of the four shows is unique, like an artistic performance that leaves a long-lasting impression.