Gers: magic, glitter and music on the menu of a cabaret at the Choucou farm

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The only cabaret in the Gers is in Monferran-Savès… on a farm. There, a necessarily rural meal is offered, followed by a unique and colorful show every Saturday from 7:00 p.m. Reportage.

It is 6:45 p.m. on the Choucou farm, in the municipality of Monferran-Savès, and about twenty people are waiting in front of a building, between the stable and the tractors. Coming from all over the Gers and sometimes from afar, they wanted to spend an original evening while attending the “Chocoucou show”. Unique cabaret show in the department at the initiative of Michel and Céline Touron, owners of the farm.

“We had the place, we also had the room so we decided to put it up. People are quite satisfied and often tell us: “there are no other evenings like this in the department”, explains Michel Touron. Before the doors open, everyone is busy in the room. A large room, with very well decorated tables and a stage prepared to receive its artists, is prepared to receive around fifty people in total.

Songs, dances, acrobatics and magic marked the evening.
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In the dressing room, five artists prepare for a show that lasts about 1h30, but in the meantime, let’s eat. And for the menu, you don’t have to go very far since everything, or almost everything, is produced on the farm. “The idea was to offer something of quality, good, healthy but without taking the lead,” explains Michel.

In a small room, behind the stage, Anaïs, Thimothé, Marie and Lucile prepare to put on the show. Mirror, wardrobe, lights, makeup: nothing is left to chance and we truly believe it.

In the room we are already serving the desserts, a great start for Timothée who will open the show offering a magic trick number in the room. “I’m going to do what we call ‘close-up’, it’s close-up magic. With cards or small objects, it allows you to interact with the public and is generally popular,” he explains. And the bet seems right for this Perpignan that moves from table to table to the applause and astonishment of the assembly. Back in the dressing room, costume change and final preparations by the artists and their leader Valheme.

Valheme brought musical performances to the show throughout the evening.

Valheme brought musical performances to the show throughout the evening.
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This multi-hatted artist from Toulouse is in charge of the artistic direction of the show but he is also a composer, performer, choreographer, etc. “Céline and Michel gave me carte blanche, in a few weeks we managed to create something extraordinary with artists as incredible as each other,” says Valheme. And the Choucou farm has spared no means: rental of costumes, sound, lighting and a professional photographer to immortalize it all.

A family friendly atmosphere

Dance, singing, but also acrobatics, burlesque and magic are offered by the company “Duo 2 la Fenêtre” formed by Anaïs and Timothée. They are all part-time artists and they all know how to count on each other. “It’s very nice to work here, there’s a family atmosphere, everyone gets along, there’s no pressure and we take advantage of it,” says Timothée. “And we eat well! adds Valheme with a smile. The latter knows how to motivate her troops and she doesn’t have her tongue in her pocket.

The artists rehearsed at the end of the afternoon before the arrival of the clients.

The artists rehearsed at the end of the afternoon before the arrival of the clients.
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At the end of the meal, the artist enters through the kitchens. A surprise appearance to the great amazement of people, sometimes from the other side of France. In the room, three tables are celebrating a birthday. A situation from which Valheme does not escape, who is pushing the song to the delight of those interested.

At 9:30 p.m., under a cloud of smoke and a happy soundtrack, the dancers appear. As in the cabaret, the show is guaranteed.

To book a formula on one of the dates up to April, call 05 62 05 56 85 or 06 84 23 90 71. The calendar and menus can be found on the hacienda’s website. To find Valheme’s activities, go here and for the Duo 2 window, go to their website.

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