Hildegard: Visions

An R&D happening as part of Tete a Tete Opera Festival

Composers: Lore Lixenberg/ Tom Richards / Nwando Ebizie
Performers: Ignacio Jarquin / Wennefer
Sculptural Lighting by Shelley James

Credit: Sarah Hickson

Credit: Sarah Hickson


Thursday 1st August - 8pm | Kings Place, Hall 2

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What connects a 12th century female polymath from Germany with Haitian Vodou and Neurodiversity? Taking the extraordinary life and work of Hildegard von Bingen as its starting point, Hildegard: Visions is a sensory opera-happening that transports its audience through a journey from intimacy to ecstasy.

Like Hildegard’s cosmic visions, perceptual disorders such as the newly discovered ‘Visual Snow’ present those who experience them with new realities. Using voice, sculptural light installation, electronic soundscapes and ideas of ritual from across cultures and times, the piece invites us both to reflect on these connections, and to discover our own, singular realities.

This R&D happening drawing together three original commissions from a diverse range of composers continues Ebizie's research into performative installation and ritual connected to the Neurophenomenology of Perception.

Bittersuite are excited to animate the original music of Nwando Ebizie, Tom Richards and Lore Lixenberg, with their multisensory and participatory language. Expect a joyful and beautiful evening of experimentation, play and exploration with light, sound and your senses.

Produced by Nwando Ebizie/Bittersuite

Supported by Arts Council England, Tete a Tete Opera Festival, Kings Place and Opera North Projects