Storytellers: Working hand in hand with the Verbier Festival

For the second year in a row, the Vareille Foundation participated in the Verbier Festival’s Storytellers project, an arts and culture program that introduces children in the Valais schools–including our young violinists in Martigny, now in their fourth year of primary school–to a new world of music through a story or fairy tale.

This year the project focused on Spain, using its colorful, passionate music to illustrate tales including Ferdinand the Bull by Munro Leaf.



Storytellers is a three-step process that unfolds over several weeks:
– First, the children read and studied the story with their teachers.
– Then they participated in a drawing workshop as part of their classes, with professional illustrator Marc Philippin to guide them. This year the students drew pictures inspired by the Ferdinand story, producing a magnificent collection of bulls!
– and finally their school hosted a multi-media performance that was a genuine feast for the senses. A string quartet of young musicians from the Verbier Festival immersed the audience in the musical world of Carmenand Manuel de Falla, while Swiss mime and raconteur Christian Baumann told the story of Ferdinand, and the children’s own drawings–enhanced by the graphic art of Marc Philippin–were projected on the stage.

In this light-hearted, intimate atmosphere, our young violinists chatted with the musicians, touched the instruments and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Le Nouvelliste, a local newspaper, captured the moment in this excellent article, entitled “Classical music is fun!”