Short tour of discovery in the land of storytellers, Sologne.
There was a time (another version of the famous "Once upon a time"!), when there was no computer, not a single tablet, no laptop and no television either... incredible!
So, when it was cold, when it was dark, when it rained, in short, in the evening, when the day was over, we would gather around the fireplace (oh yes, by the way... there was no central heating either!), for the vigil.
We talked to each other (incredible, again!), we passed on the news, we told each other his day, and then, from time to time, a storyteller would pass by and tell magic stories!
The Sologne, with its deep woods and numerous ponds, has always had a tradition of storytelling...
Over three departments
Sologne is a natural whole, but the administration has found a way to make it overlap three departments, Loiret, Cher, and Loir-et-Cher.
So it was these three departments that I explored a little to find some storytellers still in activity.
Just a discovery....
This article is by no means intended to be exhaustive.
Nor does it draw up a qualitative list!
I simply picked here and there just to show that tradition is still alive, just to propose a discovery, and to show that you can still go and listen to storytellers, or even bring them to your home for a special occasion.
Yes, it was usual, and it became unusual, but all the more reason not to let it disappear.
We can, for example, start by walking along "la petite rue des contes", one of whose animators, Jean-Claude Botton, says "Le craceau de mes contes c'est un petit village de Sologne : the smell of the undergrowth in autumn, the image of the grandfather in his garden, the communal school or my native bistro... and I still hear the voices that have nourished me, the weaving of words, the warmth of patoisante expressions...".
We can go to the "Artésine" site, which draws up a "list", as far as possible, of storytellers from the Centre Val de Loire.
We can also meet the storytellers of "Dis raconte". On their website, the names of the shows alone are delicious! Their state of mind can be summarized as follows: "Storytellers tell stories to brighten up people who are too serious, to shake up the plot of preconceived ideas, to revive desire and above all to question the memory of the elders. They carry their words in nurseries, small and medium-sized businesses, hospitals, schools and libraries, book fairs, festivals and theatres. »
You can also meet Isabelle Boisseau, whose desire to do well was such that she led her to a training course at the Conservatoire Contemporain de Littérature Orale in Vendôme. If you are interested in the subject (and it must be the case since you are here from your reading!), please visit the website of this Conservatory! Easy, I just gave you the link!
There is also the "acrobat storyteller", Michel Maraone, on the Blois side and elsewhere... In addition to storytelling, he offers workshops and workshops. Ah... he also published a book "La fée, le fantôme et la petite fille aux grandes oreilles" (See cover and link at the end of the article).
And then you can take an interest in the activities of the Union pour la Culture Populaire en Sologne (UCPS), and its "tales" offer....
And then... and then... And then it's up to you!
La petite rue des Contes
Tél.: 02 54 78 75 80
Compagnie Dis Raconte
6, Belle rue Saint-Laurent
Tél. : 02 38 43 62 12
Conservatoire Contemporain de Littérature Orale
Tél. : 02 54 72 97 22
9, Rue Jean de La Bruyère
Union pour la Culture Populaire en Sologne
1, rue de la grotte
41210 La Marolle en Sologne
Tél. : 02 54 88 71 09
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