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Reading performance according to Hans Christian Andersen

Created in November 2015

"I find that tale genre is poetry’s biggest kingdom, it goes from graves of ancient times, where blood is still hot, to pious childish picture book legends. It contains popular and arty literature. For me, it represents “the “poetry, and the one who’s capacity of practising it must be the ability of applying tragedy, innocence, irony and humour to it, It also has at its disposition the lyrical rope, the intended narrative for children and the language of the one who describes nature..." Hans Christian Andersen

In his work, Andersen raises subjects as diverse as poverty, impatience of youth, brevity of ground/earth life, magic, the strength of the good, etc. In his reading program, Jérémie Le Louët choses three tales that testifies the wealth of the author’s writing.

In "La petite fille aux allumettes" ("Match girl") a young girl selling matches in rays, roams the snowy streets of a city, without finding a buyer. At the end of the day, exhausted and shivering but not daring to return home, she snuggles up in a corner between two houses. To warm herself, she strikes a match, then two, then three, up to the last one...

In "Les amoureux" ("The lovers"), a clog and a bullet live in a drawer. Despised by the bullet, the clog will get its revenge a few years later …

"Le sapin" ("The Fir tree") tells the story of a small fir-tree wishing to grow to be as beautiful as the majestic conifers surrounding it. In his native forest, he dreams to discover the world. The seasons pass. On a winter day, he is finally chosen, cut and displayed in a beautiful house on Christmas’s eve.