Hildegard of Bingen was a universal genius. She excelled not only as a poet and scholar, but also as a composer. Her Symphonia Harmoniæ Cælestium Revelationum is a collection of sacred songs which have not ceased to exude a magical aura since its creation. For this duo project, François Chaignaud – singer, choreographer and historian – learned these medieval compositions by heart; Marie-Pierre Brébant accompanies him on the bandura, a Ukrainian lute-type folk instrument. Unrestricted by any musical or performative conventions, they reveal the spiritual, healing power of music, which could not be more remote from the scientific, logical thinking of today’s Western world. Chaignaud’s voice moves weightlessly through space bringing a sculptural dimension to the melodies of The Harmonious Music of Celestial Revelations. The concert, lasting several hours, becomes a meditative experience
- Artistic Team
Conception, performance François Chaignaud, Marie-Pierre Brébant Based on Hildegard von Bingen’s musical works Musical adaptation Marie-Pierre Brébant Scenography Arthur Hoffner Light Creation Philippe Gladieux, Anthony Merlaud Sound design Christophe Hauser Artistic collaboration Sarah Chaumette Costumes Cédrick Debeuf, Loïs Heckendorn Tattoos Loïs Heckendorn (Creation), Micka Arasco (Print) Technical manager Anthony Merlaud Latin prosody Angela Cossu Administration, production Barbara Coffy-Yarsel, Chloé Schmidt, Jeanne Lefèvre, Clémentine Rougier Distribution Sarah de Ganck/Art Happens
Production Vlovajob Pru Co-production Bonlieu Scène Nationale Annecy, Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), PACT Zollverein (Essen), Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen en Normandie, BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen), Arsenal/Cité musicale-Metz, CN D Centre national de la danse (Lyon), MC93 – Maison de la culture de Seine-Saint-Denis (Bobigny), Les 2 Scènes - Scène nationale de Besançon, La Bâtie – Festival de Genève, TANDEM Scène Nationale (Douai/Arras), Festival Musica (Strasbourg) With the support of Villa Noailles (Hyères), BoCA Biennial of Contemporary Arts (Lisbon, Porto) Residency CN D Centre national de la danse (Lyon), La Métive - lieu international de résidence de création artistique (Moutier-d'Ahun), FRAC Franche-Comté (Besançon), les Subsistances (Lyon) Special thanks to Lucie Jolivet, Lyubomyr Shevchuk, Catherine Schroeder, Léo Henry, Eugénie de Mey
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 Artistes associés at Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy.
Premiere May 2019, Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brüssel)
François Chaignaud is a dancer, choreographer and historian, born in Rennes. He earns a diploma in 2003 from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Danse de Paris and has collaborated with Boris Charmatz, Emmanuelle Huynh, Alain Buffard and Gilles Jobin, amongst others. From He’s One that Goes to Sea for Nothing but to Make him sick in 2004 to Romances inciertos: un autre Orlando (at the Festival d’Avignon 2018), he has created performances in which dance and singing intersect, in a wide variety of environments and at the meeting points of many inspirations. As a historian, François Chaignaud publishes L’Affaire Berger-Levrault: le féminisme à l’épreuve (1898-1905) with PUR. His curiosity for history has driven him to initiate various collaborations, notably with legendary drag queen Rumi Missabu of the Cockettes, cabaret performer Jérôme Marin, artist Marie-Caroline Hominal, fashion designers Romain Brau and Charlie Le Mindu, visual artists Théo Mercier, musician Nosfell. In 2018 François Chaignaud also choreographed Soufflette, a piece for the Carte Blanche Ballet (Norway) in collaboration with Romain Brau.
Since her musical and ballet studies in Reims, and her early music studies in Boulogne-Billancourt’s Conservatoire National de Région (two degrees in harpsichord and basso-continuo), Marie-Pierre Brébant’s practice of Renaissance and Baroque repertoire has taken many forms: as a dancer (particularly with Béatrice Massin), as a musician (harpsichord and organ) as part of orchestral and chamber music ensembles, as a ballet classes accompanist and as musical director for the baroque ensemble Sept Mesures de soie until 2012. At the same time, her particular interest for music as a single artistic form beyond entertainment or background music led her to perform in shows directed by artists such as Richard Foreman (Don Giovanni), François Hiffler and Pascale Murtin. Since 2005 she worked with Sophie Perez and Xavier Boussiron or in 2016 Radio Vinci Park directed by Théo Mercier with François Chaignaud.