Our dream is to play – by heart – the entire body of Hildegard Von Bingen’s musical work, adapted and reinvented for voice and bandura. To exhibit the live music, as one might exhibit a manuscript or retable, thus in extenso, the duration of the playing of the 69 known pieces of the Celestial Harmonies. To accompany this music with a visual art work which would be immaterial, digital or luminous, the manifestation of the sculptural and visionary dimension of the performance, transforming it into a total event (visual, musical, choreographic).
Hildegard Von Bingen’s work seems both distant and legendary. Indissociable from the mental and perceptual universe of her time (the 12th century in the Rhine region), it evokes a vanished world, at once magical and inaccessible… At the same time, Hildegard is one of the rare women whose name has lived on through the centuries, as part of a history mostly written by men. Today her works on natural medicine have become bestsellers and her music is known by music lovers.
The coherence and force of her musical work, the enigmas that her life and era present to our contemporary world, the aura that surrounds her personality, all inspire us to imagine a piece at the crossroads of performance, exhibition, music and dance.
Conception and performance: François Chaignaud et Marie-Pierre Brébant
Singing and dancing: François Chaignaud
Bandura and musical adaptation: Marie-Pierre Brébant
Based on Hildegard von Bingen’s musical works (1098-1179)
Scenography: Arthur Hoffner
Lights conception: Philippe Gladieux
Technical manager: Anthony Merlaud
Sound design conception and installation: Christophe Hauser
Latin prosody: Angela Cossu
Administration/production: Barbara Coffy-Yarsel, Chloé Schmidt, Jeanne Lefèvre, Clémentine Rougier
Diffusion: Sarah de Ganck/Art Happens
PRODUCTION — VLOVAJOB PRU
Vlovajob Pru is subsidised by the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication (DRAC Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes) and the Région Auvergne-Rhône. Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud are associate artists at Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy.
Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy, France – Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels, Belgium – Pact Zolverein, Essen, Germany – Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen en Normandie, France – BIT Teatergarasjen Bergen, Norway – Arsenal/Cité musicale, Metz, France – CN D Centre national de la danse, Pantin, France – MC93 Maison de la Culture Seine-Saint-Denis, Bobigny, France — Les 2 Scènes, Scène nationale de Besançon, France.
WITH HELP FROM
Villa Noailles, Hyères, France – CN D Centre national de la danse (residency), Pantin, France – BoCA (Biennale of Contemporary Art), Porto, Portugal — La Métive lieu international de résidence de création artistique (residency), Moutier d’Ahun, France – FRAC Franche-Comté, Besançon (residency), France —les Subsistances, Lyon (residency).
SPECIAL THANKS TO
Lucie Jolivet, Lyubomyr Shevchuk