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François Chaignaud & Marie-Pierre Brébant

Symphonia Harmoniæ Cælestium Revelationum — postponed

This performance has been postponed to the 2023-2024 or 2024-2025 season, due to delays in the renovation of the STUK building. The exact date is to be confirmed. All ticket holders have been contacted directly. For more practical info on our spring programme, please check this page.

Symphonia Harmoniae Caelestium Revelationum is the title of the musical oeuvre of Hildegard von Bingen, a 12th-century abbess, mystic, theologian, physician and musician. One of the few women whose name has lived on through the centuries, in a history written mainly by men.

Choreographer François Chaignaud and musician Marie-Pierre Brébant pay tribute to von Bingen in an enchanting, sensual, musical and physical recital. For over two hours they immerse the audience in her unique compositions, inspired by powerful visions. They perform these meditative and loving songs by heart accompanied by the bandura, a traditional Ukrainian stringed instrument. Songs that contain all the joys and sorrows of life in a 12th-century cloistered female community. A dialogue with the sacred spirit of a world that is both animist and magical.

With their hair swept back, tattooed bodies and naked torsos, François Chaignaud and Marie-Pierre Brébant preside, sculpture-like, in position. She, bandura in hand resonating like a magical invocation, and he, borrowing gestures from sacred and contemporary dance. The audience sits and lies languidly around them, in the semi-darkness, listening and watching the performance unfold. Time seems to stand still, to stretch or to reel.
Symphonia Harmoniæ Cælestium Revelationum is a contemplative experience, a piece for meditation, dreams, sleep or love.


concept, performance François Chaignaud & Marie-Pierre Brébant | based on the musical work of Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) | musical adaptation Marie-Pierre Brébant | scenography Arthur Hoffner | lighting design Philippe Gladieux, Anthony Merlaud | sound design and spatialisation Christophe Hauser | artistic collaboration Sarah Chaumette | costums Cédrick Debeuf, Loïs Heckendorn | tattoo creation Loïs Heckendorn | tattoo prints Micka Arasco | technical management Anthony Merlaud / François Boulet | Latin Angela Cossu | administration, production, national distribution mandorle productions - Garance Roggero, Jeanne Lefèvre, Léa Le Pichon | international distribution A PROPIC - Line Rousseau, Marion Gauvent | co-production Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy (FR), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussel, BE), PACT Zollverein (Essen, DE), centre chorégraphique national de Caen en Normandie dans le cadre de l’Accueil-Studio / Ministère de la Culture (FR), BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen, NO), Arsenal/Cité musicale (Metz, FR), CN D Centre national de la danse (FR), MC93 – Maison de la Culture Seine-Saint-Denis (Bobigny, FR), Les 2 Scènes, Scène nationale de Besançon (FR), La Bâtie – Festival de Genève (CH), TANDEM, Scène nationale Arras-Douai (FR), Festival Musica Strasbourg (FR) | with the support of Villa Noailles, Hyères, CN D Centre national de la danse (accueil en résidence) Pantin, BoCA (Biennale of Contemporary Art), Porto (PT), La Métive lieu international de résidence de création artistique (accueil en résidence), Moutier d’Ahun, FRAC Franche-Comté, Besançon (accueil en résidence), Les Subsistances (accueil en résidence), Lyon | thanks to Lucie Jolivet, Lyubomyr Shevchuk, Catherine Schroeder, Léo Henry, Eugénie de Mey, Patricia Allio | the Ministère de la Culture (DRAC Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, FR) le Ministère de la Culture (DRAC Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, FR) | François Chaignaud is associated artist at Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy (FR)
Thu 9 Feb 2023 20:00
Fri 10 Feb 2023 20:00


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