Horses and riders perform on stage during a dress rehearsal of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's cantata "Davide penitente" in Salzburg (Photo: Reuters)
Salzburg's annual Mozart Week has something new this year. Along with the usual performances of music by Austria's most famous composer, it's got a ballet. Danced by horses.
A dozen horses from the equestrian academy at Versailles performed in a sandy arena in front of rough stone arcades carved into a mountain side that sheltered an orchestra and choir. Led by the French horse choreographer Bartabas -- the only name he uses -- they improvised circular ballet movements to the music of Mozart.
"I don't tell a story, I suggest rhythm, moments," Bartabas said.
Salzburg's Mozart Week runs until Feb. 1. Tickets range in price up to 150 euros ($169).
Horses and riders perform on stage during a dress rehearsal of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Bartabas" in Salzburg (Photo: Reuters)