Winter Tale Festival 2021

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The tales will be recorded at Mandapa and then published on the site. They will remain accessible until the end of the festival, for the single price of € 9, to be paid when reading the story of your choice.

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From water memory

By Ralph Nataf Musical tale

Stories of ponds and lakes, rivers and streams, seas and oceans… All the dimensions of water, which tell the memories of men. The water which attracts, which moves away, which carries away, but also that which welcomes, which nourishes, which saves… water, since the source of time, keeps in itself the traces of the words of the people.

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The little Mermaid

By Séverine Andreu Conte

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"An image crossed my childhood: the Little Mermaid, a statue of the port of Copenhagen.

I don't know who I got this postcard from.

I also had a recording that I listened to endlessly: a female voice delivered Andersen's tale to me and plunged me into intense compassion for the heroine, at the same time that her tragic fate revolted me. I did not understand the meaning of this story until much later.

Love can cause suffering and this very suffering is the way of all creation, of all transformation. "

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"The little hope", by Charles Péguy

By Bernadette Onfroy Lecture

Extracts from his work "The Porch of the Mystery of the Second Virtue".

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"What astonishes me," says God, "is hope. And I cannot get over it. This little hope that looks like nothing at all. This little girl hope."

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Evening dedicated to Michael Lonsdale who passed away on September 21, 2020.

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Akbar the Great, how love comes by loving

By Sandrine Rouquet Conte

Akbar is at the height of his glory. He has conquered an empire, his treasure is inexhaustible, yet one thing resists him that he cannot conquer by force of the arm and that he never ceases to seek.

Among his relatives, scholars and ascetics not only Hindus or Muslims, but also Christians, Jains, Parsis ... are welcomed at his court. From truth to truth, he is progressing towards his ultimate conquest, peace of heart.

Show from 4 years old

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Krishna Lîla

By Isabelle Genlis and Isabelle Anna Conte danced

As soon as he is born, the child Krishna plays with humans in multiple exploits revealing his divinity. No one can resist the charm of his melodies which call to love animals and nature, and also the pretty shepherdesses, including the beautiful Radha.
Heroes at all ages of life, Krishna instills courage in the warrior, wisdom in the teacher, his wiles are an inexhaustible source of puzzles and discoveries!


Since 2016, Isabelle Genlis, storyteller inspired by Asia, and dancer Isabelle Anna have combined their talents in complementarity by bringing to story texts the choreographed expression of words. This show was recorded at the Théâtre des Amants at the Avignon Festival.

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The little hunchback horse

by Hélène Loup and Bérengère Charbonnier Musical tale

Across mountains and deep seas on earth and under the heavens once lived an old man who had three grown sons: one smart smart, the other, like this, like that, and the third, a real beta. But this third, Yvan le Sot, is going to tame the white cavalry which played in the wheat ... Mounted on his hunchbacked horse, he will go to the end of the world, gallop in the ocean on the back of a whalefish, and to the crystal palace where the Moon and Sun rest.

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Momo and the source of time

by Cie des Sept Vents Musical tale

Momo, a little orphan wandering, settles in a ruined amphitheater away from the city and quickly makes lots of friends. She seduces children with wonderful games that she invents, and also adults because she knows how to restore their confidence. But, little by little, the world is changing, dreams are rare, will she succeed in seducing the agents of the Caisse d'Epargne du temps with a single Flower Hour from her own heart? Between fiction, philosophy and initiatory tale

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Karuta

by Isabelle Genlis and Fumie Hihara Conte musical

"Karuta" is a thousand-year-old card game on which the "waka", ancestors of Haiku, from medieval times, inspired by love and nature, are inscribed. They become the object of verbal jousting between players. The first chooses a Torifuda, a playing card, sings the beginning of the poem and challenges the second to sing the end of the waka without waiting ...

Let's play our way too! The public chooses their Torifuda. The musician throws the waka. The storyteller, without delay, pursues him with a story!

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The 7th Heavenly Daughter

By Isabelle Genlis and Hô Thuy Trang Musical tale

To keep the youngest girl in Heaven close to him, the man hid his wings from him in the rice barn. Years have passed, a child is born, the fairy discovers her hidden wings ... She will fly to find hers and leave her son her wedding ring. If she knew how to learn to walk, man will learn to fly in order to join her. Trials will bristle his way: a stone greedy for meat, a river of iron, thieving birds, cats that eat hope ... The King of Heaven is demanding of men with muddy feet ... but courage has its end. wings too!

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White Thai version of Vietnam of the tale "The herdsman and the weaver"

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The Snow Queen, by Andersen

By Isabelle Sauvage Conte

Frozen is often considered the most beautiful of Andersen's tales. It tells of the quest of a young girl who has left everything and travels the wide world, without fear and without being discouraged, in order to save her friend carried away on the snow-covered sleigh of the beautiful white lady. How difficult and magnificent it is to become an adult.

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The song of the red lizard

by Nathalie Krajcik Conte

"Imagine the forest as far as the eye can see, punctuated by large liquid mirrors that gaze at the sky. The road that stretches time like a docile elastic band. And in my soul, an essential quest: my Earth, my identity, my path ..." The spectacle lets resonate names Mirrors, names Countries, names Faces in which perhaps we can see ourselves? Or not ! Here, the story of life, the anecdote mingle with the tale. Vision and legend merge to create a reality firmly anchored in our contemporary world.

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