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20 September 2016

Sylvie Roche et Olivier B._Night of the Year 2016


The dressing ritual is the next-to-last step before the bullfight. It starts with a shower and unfolds in a hotel room near the bullring. The bullfighter is dressed by a sword handler, who will have carefully laid out all his effects on a chair. Usually, there is silence or music, always coming from an iPhone — one of the ritual’s few modern items. Between the sword handler’s interventions, the bullfighter continuously repeats the movements he will make in front of the bull. He is often smoking. He leaves for the bullring. The show where everything is at stake may commence.