A ballet of four-footed dancers The famed Lipizzaner Stallions will perform leaps, maneuvers at a show in November


LEWISTON – When you see The “World Famous” Lipizzaner Stallions perform, it is like stepping back 400 years and viewing an equine ballet.

Harkening back to time when the horse was a symbol of grace and majesty, the Lipizzaner Stallions perform spectacular leaps and maneuvers, including those used by riders in saddle to protect and defend themselves on the battlefield.

The dancing white stallions will perform Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee. Tickets, $21.50-$30.50, are on sale at the Colisee box office, 190 Birch St.; online at thecolisee.com; or by calling 1-877-GO-TIX-GO.

This year marks the 37th Anniversary season of The Lipizzaner Stallions. New music, choreography and routines have been incorporated in the anniversary production, with a major emphasis on the historical background and foundation of the Lipizzaner breed – from its original breeding and use as a horse of war to a horse of nobility and aristocracy to an equestrian art form.

The show emulates the Spanish Riding School of Vienna, Austria, and maintains a traditional as well as entertaining performance similar in many ways to what one would see at the Spanish Riding School of Vienna.

Although the Lipizzans star in this presentation, their ancestral forefather, the Spanish Andalusian, is featured in a high school presentation with special wardrobe themed to traditional Spanish music.

Not only is the Andalusian shown in saddle, but also in a presentation where the rider performs maneuvers of the Grand Prix Olympic level dressage on the longline,while walking behind the horse and guiding him through his paces.

The performance, featuring 12 to 14 stallions, concludes with the traditional Grand Quadrille showcasing six to eight Lipizzaner Stallions with their riders performing an equine ballet, exhibiting maneuvers through the highest level of dressage. The Lipizzans prance, march and weave their way across the floor to the music of the Masters.