“I don’t know if the story’s true; what matters is that it was told and that it became accepted.” Jorge Luis Borges
Taking in Perrault, Grimm, Andersen, the different works featuring in the Histoires éternelles plunge us deep into the fantastical universes of enchantress flutes, hypnotic matches and magic keys.
The Pied Piper of Hamelin, a German folklore tale which has been passed on from one generation to the next thanks to the Brothers Grimm transcriptions, recounts the despair of the inhabitants of the rat-infested town of Hamelin. In the Danish folklore tale The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen, a young girl selling matches wanders around the snowy streets of a town, but finds no one to buy her matches. In the gruesome Bluebeard tale by the French writer Charles Perrault, a very rich, strange man hides his terrifying past from his new wife.
The performance by Jérémie Le Louët and Théo Pombet combines with their creation of a challenging sound and musical environment to make this staged-reading an immersive experience. By means of three of world literature’s most fantastical tales, audiences are treated to a captivating experience.