January 23, 2015 / 12:32 PM / 4 years ago

Salzburg's Mozart festival features his music. And dancing horses

Horses and riders perform on stage during a dress rehearsal of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's cantata "Davide penitente" in Salzburg January 20, 2015. REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler (AUSTRIA - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS)

SALZBURG, Austria (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).

($1 = 0.8898 euros)

Reporting By Shadia Nasralla; Editing by Larry King

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