© Anna Van Waeg© Anna Van Waeg© Anna Van WaegDetail of an illumination in codex Lucca, Bibliothèque d’État de Lucques, MS 1942, fol.135r

MUSIC/DANCE/INSTALLATION - SYMPHONIA HARMONIæ CæLESTIUM REVELATIONUM — Chaignaud and Brébant give voice to the musical oeuvre of Hildegard von Bingen, the twelfth-century Benedictine abbess, mystic, theologian, physician and musician. These unexpected tonal anomalies that once formed the core of Western culture, have now vanished from the modern canon.

François Chaignaud and Marie-Pierre Brébant invite the audience to immerse itself in her complete cycle of 69 monodies during a session of two and a half hours. They recite the songs from memory, accompanied by the bandura, a traditional Ukrainian string instrument. Their bodies form a musical archive which, song after song, confronts us with another perspective on the roots of Western culture. François and Marie-Pierre explore our musical and spiritual past, which straddles the border between a meditative installation, a concert and a contemplative choreography. In Symphonia Harmoniæ Cælestium Revelationum body, voice and bandura culminate in an ecstatic vision that exposes once more the physical relationship with the divine.

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.


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« This piece offers a space for contemplation of a forgotten musical and spiritual past. Out of the union of body, voice and bandura emerges an image, a dance, a sculpture. The whole culminates in an ecstatic vision that reconnects the sacred with the carnal. » - lebruitdebruxelles.com




Conception and performance: François Chaignaud and 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
Light Creation: Philippe Gladieux
Technical manager: Anthony Merlaud / François Boulet
Sound design conception and installation: Christophe Hauser
Latin prosody: Angela Cossu
Production: Vlovajob Pru
Coproduction: Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy, France – Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels, Belgium – PACT Zollverein, Essen, Germany — centre chorégraphique national de Caen en Normandie, direction Alban RICHARD / Accueil-Studio / Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication – BIT Teatergarasjen Bergen, Norway – Arsenal/Cité musicale, Metz, France – CN D Centre national de la danse, France – MC93 Maison de la Culture Seine-Saint-Denis, Bobigny, France — Les 2 Scènes, Scène nationale de Besançon, France — La Bâtie, Festival de Genève, Switzerland — TANDEM, Scène nationale, Arras Douai, France

Première: Kunstenfestivaldesarts 2019