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(2) Ole!

The proud Spaniard can forget the names of the ministers of his country, but it would be a shame do not know the names honored matadors, as Maria Manzanares 14.04.53., who coldly did not pay attention to the nearby bull, just to get the audience’s Ole. Polomo Linares 27.04.47., who, on such a graceful slide, cut piccadillas in a bull’s back. And Jose Ortega Cano, 23.12.53. with his sophisticated Veronica. Many of them are no longer in the arena. They have only memories left. Corrida – it must be seen!

_MG_2226The presidium, with a white scarf gives a hint, and the show can begin. With a stunning show of paseillo, the toreros turn into an arena.  The respectable matadors accompanied by two horses in the first row, and in the middle the young ones march. The row behind them is made up of banderilleros. Behind them follow picadores, mulilleros and areneros.  The whole guards cuadrilla come in front of the presidency.

During the process, if the previous matador’s fight has been successful, then the latter is expected with public applause. However, for an unsuccessful struggle, the matador is expected with loud whistles. Afterwards, some the racers separate from the guard and approach the man at the gate, the chiqueros, who are responsible for bringing the bull to the arena; and asks him, if everything is ready for the show. If the answer is yes, then it is reported to the President.

_MG_2687Accompanied by a trumpet and drum the president, with a white scarf gives a second hint, which means that he has been given permission to bring the bull into the arena. At this moment all eyes are focused on chiqueros. And when it opens, the arena takes on a complete silence. The first one who comes up with  bull is a matador’s assistant who, with a red cloth, gracefully begins to provoke a bull, thus appreciating his behavior and character. After this short prelude, the first matador arrives in the arena, and with the gorgeous gesture, veronica, directed to the presidium, continues the show. The president gives his next hint, and the picadores take on the scene. This process is always accompanied by music. The task of picadores is to prostrate the bull and, with a special gesture, to stick the banderillas in the bull’s back. Two shots performed at the same time are especially appreciated by the public. By law, the matador itself must strike out three banderillas in a bull’s back.

 

 

 

When the bull is thoroughly tired, the president with a white scarf gives a hint that it’s allowed to kill him. Matadors approaches the commission to swap the sword for the last fight. The torture of the bull takes up most of the show. It is a dance of death. For a moment, it seems as if it gets stagnant when making a mulleta… Then again, begins with a veronica gesture … Then again and again with Ole! Until the two fighters get frozen for a moment, and before death, they look in each other’s eyes to say, how do I want to live! how do I want to win! This is a fighting game for centuries, when someone will have to get Ole, but someone will have to leave.

 

 

Just a few more moments, and the matador goes to the attack. A well-marked sword, with all power is tangled in the lungs of the bull. The bull just begins to drown in his own blood. And then, with Ole joyful, accompanied by public, a death dance began. Even a death dance can not be stopped without a presidential decision. When the decision is expected, the matador’s assistant makes a short punch between the horns of the bull. Just like in the Middle Ages, after the battle, seriously injured soldiers were killed. The killer process is set aside for a ten minutes. If it has not been successful, then an additional three minutes are given. After the third unsuccessful move, the permission to continue the fight is denied, and the bull is brought back to the stables. This is a shameful process for their matador.

 

In the case of a successful victory, the matador takes a circle of public ovation. The audience waving white scarves, asks the president to receive a gift, cut off the bull’s ear. If the ovations, after the presidium’s remarks, are sufficiently sharpened, then they are allowed to cut off the bull’s ears and tail, with a mulillero, and give it to the winner. When this happens, the matador, demonstrating the trophies keeps walking around the arena. At his own discretion, trophies as gifts are served to the public. The main triumph is, the fans place the hero on their shoulders, and together perform the honorary circle. In front of all eyes, the slaughtered bull is pulled from the arena. Ole!, takes over the whole arena.

P.M. Marbella, Spain

(1) Pat your house pets …

However, can you imagine to do the same with an angry bull in a large arena? Either way, just tickle the bull’s forehead with a comb. Turns out, that it is possible for these athletic French youth who briskly moves into the arena and keep the traditions for over two centuries. After a while they will be scattered and will take their positions in center of the arena.

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  This game is somewhat similar to the Spanish Corrida, but without any intention to kill the bull. The neat guys take a great deal of risk. If Spanish matador holding a sword to kill the bull, then in the hands of these young people is a simple hair comb to tickle the bull’s forehead.

This game is full of humor and courage, and not everything always goes as smoothly as… Often, just barely young matadors manage to escape from the bull’s horns.

Let’s take a look, from the very beginning of this game how it starts.

Once voiced out the last musical notes of paseo, the arena for a moment remained silent. Then the big gates opened, and through them the arena marched briskly young men. The audience cheers ten stately young men who dressed in dazzling white suits. They are marching out an honorary circle and take their seats at the barriers. Arena is oblong in shape, with round edges separated by approximately 1,80cm high fence painted red.

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All attention is now paid to the central entrance of the arena, through which even a moment ago, marched brave young men. At any moment the gate will open, and through it, the arena will run frenzied bull.

As I have observed in many European cities, Spain, France and elsewhere, where bullfights are maintained, without exception, this is one of the most important moments. The whole focus is on the central gate. The audience remains silent for a moment.

However, most of all impatience  shows the fight participants. At the time when the big gate opens, the bull rans in. Only now fighting participants carefully start watching each of the animal’s movements and behavior. Most members have a lot of experience, it is enough just to look at the animal, to guess the character and know what will be dealing with. Unlike the classical martial art that is practiced in Spain since ancient Roman times, when the rate was on the bull’s life, this is an training corrida – bloodless spectackle.

Corrida’s original show and partly also the rules, France has inherited from Spain in 1701. The first corrida in France took place in 1853, in the old Roman arena of Arles – Roman Arena of Arles. Here, since the ancient times had practized trainings,- Course Libre, where the adolescence matadors acquired their first skills.

Today their task is to entertain the audience with a rather risky trick, it is, to touch and stroke the bull’s crest. Other times keep to practice different tricks, when must be snatched the reset, which is tied between the horns of a bull. The games are intended to mimic the bullfighting – Course Camarguaise. Also this spectacle is not without risk. New members – raseteurs simulating camarguaise acquire many skills that will come in handy later on the professional arena.

When the bull had run throughout all the corners and is a little tired, the initiative is taken by raseteurs. In their hands it is something like a comb, or a hook with which to touch the bull’s forehead. At first glance it seems that either there’s nothing special, – tickle the bull’s forehead. However, tapping this place animal remains aggressive and begins to rapidly shake his head in all directions, trying to find the culprit. There must be a great dexterity in order to avoid the sharp horns. Usually, team members are working united and feeling the imminent danger, try to lure the bull away in another direction. Sometimes this deceitful trick is effective. However, the animal  immediately remembers his abuser and starts to hunt it down, alas! –  up to the arena’s fence and sometimes even over it …

Here it is!

 Sometimes it happens that ..

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You can not disagree that the risk assumed by the new raseteurs is quite large. As we see in pictures, everything happens instantly. They provoke the animal and then leap aside, out of the way to avoid the attack. However, if the bull begins to hunt down and team members support does’t work, then quickly look for the nearest fence and instantly jump over.

_MG_0358 lucky escape. FrRaseteurs know how to enrage the audience. Right from the first lessons they learn that, the main key is to win public sympathy. These young matadors who understand, know how to build a dialogue with the animals. It is a demonstration of mutual relations in dance and movement, which particularly stands out with grace, when we observe the Spanish corridas.

P.M. Arles. France

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