Show at the Chateaufort: 778, the first miracle of Lourdes

Compagnie Théâtre Fébus returns to the Château fort de Lourdes for six new performances of its show “L’an 778, un miracle à Lourdes”.

“Follow me! It’s this way! Don’t wait!” Bruno Spisser, the artistic director of the Phoebus Theater since 1996, leads twenty visitors of the Pyrenees Museum to the top of the wall with his sonorous actor’s voice. At first, it looks more like a conference than a playful spectacle. But don’t be fooled by the artwork, our two heroes have a knack for keeping their audience on their backs. Bruno’s partner, Nathalie Loste-Claus, also an actress and teacher, plays the role of Béatrice Desmoulins, a medievalist student at Montpellier. His alter ego is Roger Daguerre, a local archivist who specializes in Pyrenean legends. Ice and fire. “The idea was to contrast two diametrically different characters,” sums up Bruno Spiesser. He walks in continuous lyricism through legends and myths, while she, more hardened, tries to restore historical truth. Still, after a few minutes we have to note that our two soloists play their roles perfectly. Audiences young and old are immersed in 8th century Bigorr through ancient and wild times. With rhythm and mockery, the explanations follow one after the other to reveal the story of the legend that has remained in the memory of the city of Lourdes: the Saracen chief, the trout and Charlemagne during the siege of the Chateau Fort in 778. This tale, concerning the coat of arms of Lourdes raised by “Roger” in the introduction, is the starting point of a series of fantasies and other unforgettable discoveries at the entrance to the seven valleys of Lavedan. First of all, it is a way to trace the origin of the word “Lourdes” and of course its coat of arms. Derived from the Ethiopian legend and Queen Tarbis, in love with the then-rejected Moise, who, fleeing north with her sister Lourdes, established two of the most important communes in the Hautes-Pyrenees. Here we are talking about the Sarrazin legend of a Berber chieftain who left Al-Andalus and its rivals and went on raids and raids throughout France. Before being pinned down at the foot of the Pyrenees after the famous defeat at Poitiers.

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“The idea was to make a short trip to the Pyrenees, through the Havs and the valleys. We start from the absolute to reach the concrete. Everything, of course, was invented, except for the legend of Mirat, the central character of the story. ” Mirat, a Saracen in exile, eventually became the protector of the “Bigherri” (Bigourdans), holding the fortress of Lourdes with an iron hand, paralleling his romantic idyll with the lady Eleanor. Finally, we come to the story of this famous arrival in Bighor of the king of kings, Charlemagne, who was on his way to Spain, but decided to lay siege to Lourdes.The continuation of the eagle and the trout, we allow you to discover it at the Château de Lourdes, where our actors will perform for the last time on Wednesday, August 10, at 11:00 and 16:30. The one-hour show is accessible to all and delivered in a mixture of humor and serious self-confidence. Because we finally learn a lot about Lourdes and its surroundings. “It’s incredible to be able to present ourselves on this magnificent rock,” concludes Bruno Spiesser. It enriches the experience. We with the audience, we allow ourselves to be carried away by such closeness, it’s nice.” Shared joy.

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