A magical walk at the Château d’Azay-le-Rideau

A magical walk at the Château d’Azay-le-Rideau
A magical walk at the Château d’Azay-le-Rideau

The Château d’Azay-le-Rideau is more enchanting than ever. In partnership with the Centre national du costume et de la scène (CNCS), fourteen theatre, ballet and opera costumes come to life in the various rooms of the monument.

Between 1504 and 1510, Gilles Berthelot, treasurer of François I, and his wife Philippe Lesbahy, bought the seigneury of Azay-le-Rideau. The couple dreamed of a refined residence in the style of the Italian Renaissance and had the castle built on the ruins of an earlier medieval building. Ideally located on the banks of the Indre, the residence was embellished in the 17th century and decorated in the 19th century with new towers and turrets. Property of the State since 1905, the castle benefited from a major restoration carried out by the Centre des monuments nationaux between 2013 and 2017.

A magical walk

The characters of Ondine, Isoline, Oberon and Swan Lake leave the theatre and opera stages to intrude into the castle. Exceptionally loaned by the Centre national du costume et de la scène (CNCS) in Moulins (which preserves, among others, the collections of the Comédie française and the Opéra national de Paris), fourteen costumes of kings and queens, princes and princesses, elves and fairies, take their place in the rooms on the first floor of the monument.

View of the exhibition “Dressing the marvelous, stage costumes” at the Château d’Azay-le-Rideau © Centre des monuments nationaux / L. de Serres

Amidst the furniture, paintings and art objects that make up the decor of Azay-le-Rideau, they invite you to stroll under the sign of tales, dreams and poetry. With, as the highlight of this exhibition designed by Delphine Pinasa (director of the CNCS) and staged by the Tovar studio, the costume of the queen of Swan Lake created by Tomio Mohri, presented in majesty in the king’s bedroom. Please note: from July 10 to August 24, the castle offers night tours until 11 p.m. Magic guaranteed!

The castle of Azay-le-Rideau © Centre des monuments nationaux / Léonard de Serres

“Dressing the marvelous, stage costumes”
Castle, 37190 Azay-le-Rideau
From June 26 to November 3

The Enchantments of Azay


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