The national equestrian Academy of Versailles
This institution of excellence, created by Bartabas and located in the Royal Stables of the Château de Versailles, offers visitors a chance to discover an equestrian ballet troupe.
How do I get to the Versailles Equestrian Academy?
The Versailles Academy of Equestrian Arts is linked to the world-famous name of Bartabas. It was here, in the prestigious setting of the Royal Stables of the Château de Versailles that the horseman, director, and set designer, notably from the Zingaro Equestrian Theatre, set up this establishment of excellence in 2003. Horsemen learn here the Haute École art of dressage, as well as singing, dancing, fencing, and many other disciplines, including Kyudo – Japanese archery – to create unique and surprising performances. Far from being a place of learning focused inward, the Versailles Academy of Equestrian Arts welcomes the public every weekend and certain Thursdays. The show entitled "La Voie de l’écuyer" ("The Way of the Horseman") is split into different works over different seasons, and is personally choreographed by Bartabas. It is performed on Saturdays at 6:00 PM and Sundays at 3:00 PM, in the prestigious setting of the Royal Stables School. If you are passionate about the elegance and virtuosity of horses and their riders, indulge yourself in this pleasure several times throughout the year, because this show evolves with the experience and creative spirit of the Academy's members, or "sociétaires". If you'd like to understand more about the art of dressage, you can also attend the "Matinales des Ecuyers" ("The Horsemen's Morning") and watch them at work. Once a month, young instrumentalists are invited to participate to accompany the improvisations of the horsemen before an admiring audience.