Mountains, words, paths, melodies, gardens, encounters…an artistic walk along the Loire River in France. We start in Ardèche, walk with us!


The project

Les Jardins du Fleuve is an artistic project of the theatre company Théâtre des Chemins, which has chosen the River Loire as its route for the coming 3 years. The first part of this three-year project will take place from the 10th till 20th July 2013.


We choose to take time before time takes us, to walk on foot and meet the people living along the banks of the Loire, to have some good time because we are convinced that the rhythm of walking, the air we breathe, the encounters we make on our way...enrich our creative works. We invite you to share this experience following us from far or close (walking in the company of our friends, the donkeys), starting at the spring of the river, near the emblematic Mont Gerbier des Joncs in Ardèche.


Along its route, the Company collaborates with local associations and municipalities situated along the Loire, giving workshops, presenting its performances in the gardens, under its Yourte, in the village halls, or in the cultural centres.


This project is built around two topics: the garden and the water, two elements interlinked with one another.




The project Les Jardins du Fleuve has the objective to reach out to the local people who live along the Loire River and to assemble a variety of public: those passionate about the art of storytelling while walking along paths and discovering beautiful natural places, music lovers keen to dance, admirers of patrimonial and natural sites (castles, gardens, rivers…), hikers…


Les Jardins du Fleuve is built around two performances of the company:


Murmure. Poetry, story telling and musical walks along the banks of the Loire. The interpretation of each artist whether comedian, poet, musician, storyteller or circus performer, is intrinsically linked with these natural spaces in which the performance is unwinding.




Tous les chemins mènent au jardin (All roads lead to the garden), a piece, which is performed in the gardens, the spaces where we exchange and share. Once the evening comes, the Company presents Tous les chemins mènent au jardin in the garden or in its Yourte (in case of rain). Tales of wisdom and crazy melodies of the season.  These tales love to be told in the open among the plants and trees. The musician, a real Gardener of Sound, cultivates noises and rhythms, sounds and melodies. His main materials: the tools and the vegetables from the garden.  



Workshops proposed during this artistic route. The artists in the Company Théâtre des Chemins are keen to share and pass over their knowledge and experiences. The company proposes:




The Yourte


Green musical walks and workshop on creating your own instruments along the banks of the Loire. A good occasion to learn how to imitate birds’ sounds, how to make musical instruments, flutes and percussions…all from reed, bamboo or just the vegetables around you. You will also learn how to play with them with joy.  




Workshop on initiation in the art of storytelling on the topic of water and garden (in French) Through different games and exercises, this workshop focuses on the art of oral expression, developing at the same time the corporal expression and the improvisation of speaking.




Why fund it?

We already have one part of the budget but unfortunately, not enough. Filling up the gap is key for the realisation of the project.


Your participation will more concrete contribute to the following: 


-     Expenditures for communication (flyers, posters): 800 €

-     Rent for the donkeys and necessary material related to the journey: 800 €

-     Food and accommodation for the artists: 400 €

-     Production of exhibition or a short movie for the project: 700 €

-     Realisation of the project (production and general organisation): 1300 €


And this will allow us to prolong the project in time (in September 2013 we will be along the Loire in the departments of Indre et Loire)


Thanks everyone for your engagement and support!


NB! All performances and workshops are in French


The following municipalities are supporting us through our artistic walking experience


In Ardèche : Sainte-Eulalie (Mont Gerbier de Jonc), Usclade-et-Rieutord, Saint-Cirgues-en-Montagne, Cros-de-Géorand, Le Lac-d’Issarlès, Lachapelle-Graillouse, Issarlès.

In Haute-Loire: Lafarre, Vielprat, Arlempdes, Goudet


View from the plateau of Ardeche




The route







Founded in 2002 by Raphaël Faure, the theatre Company Théâtre des Chemins is located in Saint Andéol de Vals in Ardèche, France, a few kilometres from famous mount Gerbier des Joncs. The Company is a member of the International Centre for Roaming Theatres - CITI (Centre International pour les Théâtres Itinérants). Oriented mainly towards the art of... See more

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Que vivent les rêves et les colporteurs de rêves que vous êtes! Et que les chemins puissent se réjouir de sentir sur eux vos légères gambettes... Amitiés....
Thank you Fran for your support! And everyone who contributed, we keep you updated! Don't hesitate to spread the word
Bonne chance Desi et toute l'équipe! Je regrette que je ne verrai pas les performances en live cet été...un jour peutetre... Fran x