The National Equestrian Academy of the Estate of Versailles
The Great Stables
Shows and visits:
- La Voie de l’écuyer - Opus 2016
From 17 September: Saturdays at 6pm and Sundays at 3pm.
- Matinales des écuyers
See the work of the equerries
Sundays from 10am to 12pm until 25 September.
- Heritage visit
Wednesdays from 1.30pm to 5.30pm and Saturdays from 1.30pm to 4.30pm
-Guided tours of the Great Stables
Guided tours upon request with our partner Cultival, from January to August 2016.
During the Ancien Régime the royal stables were situated in the King’s Small and Great Stables, a pair of matching buildings built opposite the Palace of Versailles by Jules Hardouin-Mansart, between 1679 and 1682. Gems of classical French architecture, these two buildings were designed to house the horses and carriages of the King and Court, as well as a number of people such as equerries, coachmen, blacksmiths, wheelwrights, saddlers, doctors and even musicians.
Created in 2003 in the Great Stables of the Palace of Versailles, renovated for the occasion by Patrick Bouchain, the National Equestrian Academy of the Estate of Versailles is a major innovation in terms of live performance: equestrian theatre. A top-flight higher education institution, it places great importance on transmitting knowledge linked to the production of equestrian shows.
The shows, which are put on at weekends, are written and choreographed by Bartabas, the founder of the project and Artistic Director of the Academy. An exceptional equerry known all over the world for his creations, Bartabas set up his own company, the Zingaro Equestrian Theatre, in 1985. He has also produced films on the subject. For him, knowledge transmission comes through respect for others and a sense of sharing. Besides the shows, guided tours of the Academy are organised, allowing visitors to discover this location packed with heritage. This exceptional setting is also ideal for holding private evening events.
If you come to see a show by the Academy you can also visit the Gallery of Coaches, also located in the Great Stables.