Venue Details

660 Star Starred
SAP Center at San Jose
525 W. Santa Clara St. San Jose, CA 95113
408-287-9200
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http://www.lipizzaner.com/

Quotes & Highlights

“Geared towards the family, with music and horses (what kid doesn’t love ’em?).” CitySearch
Watch video footage of the Lipizzaner Stallions performing.

Description

2004 represents the 34th Anniversary season of The Lipizzaner Stallions. All new music, choreography and routines have been incorporated in this anniversary edition 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 a living form of equestrian art. The show emulates the Spanish Riding School of Vienna, Austria, in its presentation of Lipizzans, and maintains a traditional as well as entertaining performance similar in many ways to what you would see at the Spanish Riding School of Vienna.

Also included in the performance is a segment called the “Airs Above the Ground.” These are the spectacular leaps and maneuvers, once used by riders in saddle to protect and defend themselves on the battlefield, which are now preserved as an equestrian work of art. When you see the Lipizzans perform, it is like stepping back four hundred years and viewing one of the greatest equine ballets in history.

The Lipizzan is a rare and unique breed; its history and culture is known worldwide. The Walt Disney movie The Miracle of the White Stallions, depicting General George S. Patton saving them at the end of World War II from certain extinction, created an even greater worldwide interest in the Lipizzaner breed. Had it not been for Patton, there would be no Lipizzans today.

Although the Lipizzans star in this presentation, the ancestral forefather of the Lipizzan, 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 unique presentation where 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 current tour features 12 to 14 stallions performing selected maneuvers as described above in an exciting presentation.

The conclusion of the performance of The Lipizzaner Stallions is 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.

Harkening back to time when the horse was a symbol of grace and majesty, the Lipizzaner Stallions are truly a great experience to be enjoyed by the entire family. One does not need to be a horse lover to enjoy “The Equestrian Treat of the Century”!

About the Ticket Supplier: SAP Center at San Jose

Located on approximately 17 acres of Downtown San Jose, at West Santa Clara Street and Autumn Street, SAP Center at San Jose stands 117 feet tall and houses 450,000 square feet of interior space.

From Basketball and Ice Skating, to Circuses and Rock music, SAP Center’s 33,000 cubic yards of concrete, approximately 40,000 square feet of glass, and 18,000 tons of structural steel create a world class facility.

The 10-story glass pyramid entry creates a memorable beginning to every visit to the SAP Center.