01 Mar 2019

Empowered Women Trilogy: Vision - The Imagined Testimony of Hildegard Von Bingen

  • The Telling
  • Clare Norburn soprano
  • Ariane Prussner mezzo & percussion
  • Joy Smith harp & percussion
  • Giles Lewin vielle
  • Fatima Lahham recorders
  • Natalie Rowland & Pitch Black Lighting lighting design
8:00pm, SJE Arts

Blurring the boundaries of what a concert is, The Telling bring you three intimate “concert-theatre” pieces to mark International Women’s Day 2019, transporting you back in time through plaintive ballads, lively dance music and dramatic narrative. The Empowered Women Trilogy celebrates the lives of three extraordinary women who defy the strictures of their time and whose stories are both of their time but also startlingly contemporary.

Vision is an atmospheric candlelit show with a personal narrative by the extraordinary Abbess Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) alongside performances of her mesmeric chant.  The show gives an insight into the painful visionary experiences Hildegard suffered throughout her life, covering some of the core emotional moments in her life.  It is “an imagined testimony” as Hildegard lies on her deathbed, revisiting and re-experiencing meaningful episodes from her past, including the moment when she was taken from her family at the age of 8 and when she made the decision at the age of 42 to finally talk about and write down her visions.

‘A multimedia experience of light, song, music and storytelling’ The Argus


See also: Fiona Maddocks talk at 6:30pm

End time c. 9:15pm

SJE Arts Oxford