“French historical reenactment” might not automatically sound like an exciting day out, but fighters dressed as gladiators pummeling each other into submission for real? Let's just say this could be the most visceral history lesson you'll ever get to watch. On Dec. 15, French troupe Histore'Event brings “Spartacus and the Roman Legion” to the Equestrian Center in Burbank.
“The first part of the show deals with the real story,” says Olivier Brocard, who plays Spartacus. “So we have the revolt of Spartacus, the way he grows his revolution and began to fight against the Roman legion, and then the legion finished to kill him and to erase the revolution.
The second part of the show is our specialty: gladiator fights. It's real fighting, like you can see in the UFC or MMA — that's why we're training every day. There is interaction with the public because we don't know who will win. The public will decide, like 2,000 years ago, if we have to die or live.”