Saturday 22 october 2022
4th edition of Nuit des Châteaux
- 5 pm: walking tour “The legend of the trees and the forest” (in French)
- The gardens will be lit up when night falls
Performance by Corinne Duchenne
Since the beginning of time, the forest has attracted humans, protecting and feeding us. The forest is a refuge. It can also be frightening. Everything is different, elusive… Anything is possible. This performance will teach you about centuries-old trees and their wisdom, the secret, mysterious forest and the extraordinary characters that haunt it. Corinne Duchenne will tell you why the trees have leaves and how some can treat humans. Along the way, you’ll discover Bonne Dame who protects children in the forest, Truie Blanche, a sow who creeps close to her oak tree awaiting those who are searching, the Wolf Leader who sold his soul to the Devil in exchange for being able to understand trees and to be loved by wildlife, La Malnoue, an underground river with black water that feeds Sologne’s tree roots, the ancient Saint Étienne oak, which was struck by lightning and made into barrels so its spirit would live on. Not to mention all the magical characters who haunt the trees, the dryads of the oaks, the hamadryads of the chestnut trees, the nymphs of the hawthorns and broom trees. Corinne Duchenne is an excellent storyteller and guide. Born in Sologne, Berry, she spent her childhood running through the forest and being lulled by the sound of the wind blowing through the tall trees. This is what enriches her storytelling. She has an uncommon way with words. She is aware that she is a fragile link between the past and the future.
Dramatised walking tour (in French) – Tickets must be booked in advance
Tickets available online at www.nuitdeschateaux.com