At Boullay-les-deux-Eglises and Châteauneuf-en-Thymerais, the Champs Libre Festival sublimates the countryside, this Friday May 10

Several hundred spectators, this Friday, May 10, 2024, at Boullay-les-deux-Eglises and Châteauneuf-en-Thymerais: the Champs Libres Festival, which continues throughout the weekend and including L‘Echo Republican is a partner, is a real popular success.

Perched on the trailer of an antique tractor, the Adieu Panurge company shouts, blows trumpets, invites people to dance. It is 3 p.m. this Friday, May 10, and rarely has the tiny village of Boullay-les-deux-Eglises, located on the borders of Tréon, seen so many visitors.

Christophe Barbé, a farmer in Boissy-en-Drouais, drives his antique tractor and joins the troupe of artists, for a stroll through Boullay-les-deux-Eglises. Photos: Pascal Boursier

Children, grandmothers, young mothers, a few teenagers follow in the footsteps of the joyful convoy. At the wheel of the Someca tractor, vintage 1958, Christophe Barbé, farmer in Boissy-en-Drouais leads the procession: “It’s as if I were part of the troupe of actors…”, he says, smiling.

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A joyful farandole through the village streets.

The convoy then takes a long dirt road then stops in a clearing, inviting a final farandole.

The spectators separate into two groups: in the heart of a small forest, two other companies take over. One invites you to listen to bird songs. The other, the Kern company, features two half-human, half-deer dancers whose steps are guided by a very inspired cellist.


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185c035680.jpgThe dance of deer in the middle of the forest.

“It’s magnificent. A little impressive though,” confides one lady.

Real shows in the middle of nature: it is for the second edition of this festival in the heart of rural areas that spectators come from neighboring villages but also from much further afield. An entire family rented a gîte in Mézières-en-Drouais to follow, over four days, these performances which enhance the nature so present at the gates of Dreux.

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As the day goes on, the companies move to other sites. In the light of the end of the day, Champs Libres sets up its trestles in the pretty Grande Noue park in Châteauneuf-en-Thymerais.

At 7 p.m., the Oups Dance Compagny company chooses the Champs Libres festival to present its new show for the first time, Pack championswhich addresses the issue of women’s emancipation, by merging Olympic disciplines, contemporary dance and electro.

But this is not the only show of the evening, two others will follow, before a fireworks show, as the grand finale. The night promises to be hot in Châteauneuf-en-Thymerais.



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