Compagnie Oghma

Baroque theater in celebration.

Compagnie Oghma: Baroque theater festival in the Périgord Noir region

The last week of July is the festival of baroque theater in the Périgord Noir: Oghmac

Exceptional places, illuminated by candlelight as in Molière's time: costumes, candles, give new life to places sometimes unknown to invite you to discover them in a more intimate way than during a tourist visit.

Castles, chapels, remarkable gardens and the remnants of the region's rich heritage await you!

The 2021 program:

- Monday, July 26 | 21h | Place, Auriac-du-Périgord. Un Vent de Frondeby Paul Scarron and friends.

A literary explosion beyond measure, the Mazarinades tell the story of the Fronde from the inside. Led by the irresistible Scarron, the greatest authors lent their pens to these virulent attacks on Mazarin, whose policies were overwhelming the country. The energy of their satire resonates beyond the historical context in this unbridled show featuring masked play, puppetry and absurdist humor.

Experience this unique war to the biting rhythm of the best of these texts, which remind us that caricature has always been vital.

Tuesday, July 27 | 21h | Chartreuse des Fraux, La Bachellerie: Pyrame and Thisbé, by Théophile de Viau.

The first Romeo and Juliet in history, the two lovers are the subject of Théophile's only play. In adapting a fable from the Metamorphoses, Théophile reflects on Religion and Power with a boldness that would earn him his freedom and his life.

Immersed in a painting by Georges de La Tour, the courtyard of the Chartreuse des Fraux will be sculpted by the chiaroscuro of our candles as night falls on our lovers.

Preceded by a free talk by Philippe Chométy (Université de Toulouse) at 8:15pm.

wednesday, july 28 | 15h | Salle des fêtes, Auriac-du-Périgord: Baroque theater initiation workshop.

The art of Baroque acting stems from oratorical rhetoric, developed by the ancient Greeks and Romans to convince and move their listeners. With La Boëtie's Discourse of Voluntary Servitude, we'll explore the links between theater, plea and harangue: what weapons does the orator have at his disposal, and how does theater fit into an argument - or vice versa?

It will also be an opportunity to discover the different moments when this spoken word was used, their links to each other, and to get into the Company's little secrets, through concrete examples in which you will be the actors!

These two hours of discovery are suitable for all ages and require no previous experience.

thursday, july 29 | 9pm | Château, Campagne: The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude, by Etienne de la Boëtie.

A major work by one of Périgord's great minds, so bold that it was not published in full until years after his death. La Boëtie's analysis of the risks posed by the absolute power he saw being built up was terribly accurate.

An essential reflection offered as an immersive dialogue between text and music: La Boëtie's words are punctuated by music from his time, performed by the ensemble Les Meneurs du Balfor a moment that will resonate today.

friday, july 30 | 21h | Church, Saint-Geniès: I can't keep quiet (Non posc mudar) by Bertran de Born.

Seigneur de Hautefort, Bertran de Born's name is known throughout Périgord, but his songs are not as often heard as they deserve to be. Powerful poems with a moving musicality, they denounce the policies of the king, Henry II Plantagenet, at a time when Aquitaine was still divided between two countries, France and England, and generations were fighting over the crown.

Their cry, carried by the Trobar projectonce again comes to our ears in their original language, with this unique musical show, specially imagined for this edition.

Saturday, July 31 | 21h | Church, Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin: Léandre and Héro by Paul Scarron.

Paul Scarron, an early rebel, rewrites the Greek myth of two lovers who try to unite when everything separates them, in an ode full of irreverence. Awarded the Prix du SouffleurThis show returns to Périgord with its lace and ribbons, its mischievous narrator and, above all, its hair-raising humor!

In a play of mirrors dear to the Baroque period, here is the comic reflection of Pyrame and Thisbéto light-heartedly continue our week devoted to the Fronde and its zigoto author-beacon, in front of the balance of the beautiful reborn porch of Saint-Germain-de-Rouffignac.

Sunday August 1st | 17h | Public rehearsal: Cleopatra captive.

Behind the scenes. What are the final touches made by the artists the day before a premiere and after ten months of work? How can a tiny detail change an entire line and give it a different meaning? An unprecedented approach to a show that is being created before your very eyes, which you can then appreciate with the eye of the connoisseur.

Monday, August 2 | 21h | Cleopatra captive, by Etienne Jodelle.

In the first French tragedy, Jodelle paints a young monarch on the road to absoluteness, and warns of the risks of power concentrated in the hands of a single man. Sublimating the language of the Renaissance, this twenty-year-old poet continues to move and surprise us.

The show, co-produced with the Musée national de la Renaissance, plunges you into the splendor of Henry II's court, in the setting of one of the most famous and magnificent châteaux in Périgord.

all festival long | Town Hall, Auriac-du-Périgord | Photo exhibition by Achile Bird.

The young Périgord photographer and actor Achile Birdwho signed the photos on our poster, has been following Compagnie Oghma since January. He shares his dual artist's view of his country and our work.

A highlight of the artist's residency - and one of the hallmarks of our multidisciplinary approach - this exhibition showcases his favorite shots. Visit the exhibition with the artist on Wednesday July 28 from 4pm.



Pricing details


  • 10€
  • 8€ (-26 years, students, +60 years, pensioners)
  • 6€ (unemployed, intermittent workers, children under 10 | Un Vent de Fronde, workshop)
  • To encourage group travel, we offer a directly lower rate to each member of a group of spectators who have carpooled.

pass (the entire program at a preferential rate):

  • 55€
  • 45€ (under-26s, students, over-60s, pensioners)
  • 35€ (unemployed, intermittent workers, children under 10)

Dates and times

The last week of July, 8 days of theater!

6 showsalways at 21h.
2 momentsworkshops, meetings, always at 17h.

Annual and detailed programs on the website.

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