Multimedia live performance with horses in Zirkow, Rügen | a tribute to photographer E. Muybridge | INDOOR | not recommended under 10 y.
Multimedia production with horses in the beautiful fieldstone hall of the horse theater in Zirkow, Rügen | a tribute to the photographer Eadweard Muybridge | INDOOR | recommended for ages 10 and up
The production "Cinema" at the Horse Theater is inspired by the life and work of the British photographic artist Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904), who today is considered the father of cinema, the founder of modern imaging and not least the forefather of gifs.
When the photographer Muybridge and the racetrack owner Leland Stanford dared to carry out an experiment in 1872, they could hardly have estimated the new dimension they were setting in motion, which was to revolutionize photographic technology towards chronophotography. Their idea was to prove that there was a moment of perfect suspension in the movement of horses. The experiment succeeded. Well before the cinema in 1877, Muybridge was able to break down the horse's movements into individual phases through a series of image sequences he captured on camera, which were triggered by the horses snapping thin wires as they walked, thus capturing the exact sequence of feet at the walk, trot and canter. Stanford's thoroughbred horse, Abe Edington, led the experiment to that groundbreaking success that would see Muybridge pioneer photographic technology and develop the Zoopraxiscop a few years later.
Throughout his life, Muybridge was fascinated by movements - not only of animals - and captured them impressively in numerous image sequences. Two events in his life had a lasting impact on him. A stagecoach accident in which he suffered a serious head injury led him from America back to England in 1861, where he eventually became increasingly involved with photography. In 1874, he shot his wife's lover. Muybridge was acquitted by the court and was able to continue his work without serving a prison sentence.
In his production "Cinema" at the Horse Theater, Leon Vermeulen dedicates himself to this impressive artist by staging the movement of horse and man and recalling Muybridge's life and work in small reminiscences. This interplay, accompanied by music and video sequences, aims to give an impression of what also fascinated the photographic artist Muybridge: the rhythm of the horses' movements, which sometimes seems like poetry...
Photo (c) Detlef Witt
Tickets are available online or at the box office.
Attention: limited number of seats!
One hour before the start, the box office and our small bar will be open for you.
Coming from Bergen, turn left at Hotel Himmelreich and follow the signs to the end of the village in the direction of the horse theater.
Coming from Binz turn right in front of Hotel Himmelreich.
Parking is available on the premises and is free of charge.
Arrival by bus is possible. From the bus stop in Zirkow it is about 5 minutes walk.