It has been so long since the last article on my blog or even update on my website, I have no excuse for that. Moving from England to Brittany has taken more of my energy than I would like to admit. The weather has been gorgeous this summer and I haven’t been able to get the most of it. One thing I have been able to do though, is work with the famous breton theatre company “Ar Vro Bagan” (“The Pagan Country” in breton). As a side note, Pagan is coming from the word Paganism which was used for polytheist people, mainly from the Roman Empire, before the Christians. It has nothing to do with the old kingdom of Burma.
Ar Vro Bagan has been around for many years, using History to create free epic outdoor plays that tells over 2,000 years of Breton history, each year being different, but very much like Kynren in England. This summer, the cast set out to Meneham, a small village on the north coast of Brittany, near the English Channel, famous for its massive rocks surrounding the beaches. “Toute une Histoire” tells the story of that village and the neighbourhood areas, from the first constructions by the Duke of Aiguillon (commander of the province of Brittany between (1753 and 1768) to the last inhabitants and the seaweed agriculture. The entire play, which is in both Breton and French, lets the audience actively participate with the actors. By the end of it, almost everyone ended up dancing traditional Celtic dances together.