Music : Jean Claude Condi
Translation of ballads : François Marchetti
The Seducers... Who are they? Strange beings who arise from streams,lakes and mist, or simple human beings who know the magic of runes. They are called sorcerers, lute players, alder people, elves and water spirits.
They can turn mad those who just want to dream ...that dream simply to love. The Little Shepherd Peder, Lady Mette, the lumberjack Paul and many others have heard their call ; on a summer night, they went to meet them. Their faces illuminated, their legs start to walk on their own... In their eyes desire is dancing. They dance a two-step with death, as beautiful as a body of mist in the moonlight. Thus blinded, they go to meet the elves or to Näcken, the sorcerer musician of the Swedish torrents.
As for Dame Mette, she crosses the rose garden. In front of the lute-player's door, he who had promised to charm her, she begged : "Wake up Sir Olof, let me enter!" "I am not expecting anyone this late at night. No one will cross the threshold of my door." Game played, game won! The door of the seducer stayed closed...
To find the path of the mysteries of a summer night, there exists music. That of rare instruments such as the nykelharpa, the moraharpa and the harp, it is up to you to advance accompanied by their strings and their words, sometimes told, sometimes sung. You must go to the little linden wood where the elves dance around. They are so light and beautiful that no one can resist them.
Maragrethe Höjlund has been recounting her Nordic origins for a dozen or so years : contes inuits, contes scandinaves. Inuit tales, Scandinavian stories. On tour in her native country, she often shares French tales with her audience...She likes to give her storyteller's text a musical and poetic dimension and to transform several languages into one: that of history. In her show she seeks, through the marriage of music, songs and testimonies collected in the countryside to let mystery speak : that mystery which has always existed between northerners and their nature.