Rituals to Mould her With
Premièring in November 2016, Rituals to Mould Her With is a new multimedia venture inspired by Dr Kati Ihnat’s research.
Dr Ihnat explores how prominent men used the figure of the Virgin Mary to encourage particular behaviours in women in early medieval Iberia.
The twin composers Effy and Litha Efthymiou have created a work in response to Ihnat’s research, scored for harpsichord, electronics and percussion, and incorporating theatre and dance. This project unites the composers, whose work has recently been described as 'deeply immersive' (Simon Cummings, 5against4, 2015), with Jane Chapman - 'Britain’s most progressive harpsichordist' (The Independent on Sunday), and two rising stars of the theatre and dance worlds, actor Esme Patey-Ford and dance artist Harriet Parker-Beldeau.
Dr Ihnat’s research is part of the Old Hispanic Office project, funded by the European Research Council and led by Dr Emma Hornby (University of Bristol, Music department). Dr Hornby says: 'I am really excited to see the genesis of this collaborative art work. It explores aspects of gender politics in a thoroughly modern way, but through the lens of Kati Ihnat's discoveries about early medieval culture.'
The collaboration is supported by the Brigstow Institute, Hinrichsen Foundation, RVW Trust and Bristol University’s Impact award. The work will be performed at:
- Thursday 17 November at RWA Bristol, 1.15 pm,
- Monday 5 December at Turner Sims Southampton,
- Sunday 5 February Kings Place London, 8 pm.
Find out more about other established and upcoming partnerships at Brigstow Institute.