Voices, video, electronic soundscapes, sculptural light installations and ritual dances converge in this immersive opera imagining the life of Hildegard von Bingen through the prism of the composer’s own experience of the neurological disorder ‘visual snow’.
Lead artist - Nwando Ebizie
What connects a 12th century female polymath from Germany with ecstatic ritual and research into neurodiversity?
Born in 1098, Hildegard von Bingen experienced visions throughout her life as a composer, scholar and Benedictine abbess. She left vivid descriptions of these encounters, often describing how they engaged her sense of touch, smell and hearing as well as sight.
Like Hildegard’s cosmic visions, the neurological disorder ‘visual snow’ presents those who experience them with new realities. After realising she had long been experiencing the disorder herself, Nwando Ebizie began to explore creating art through visual disturbances.
Using voices, video, electronic soundscapes, sculptural light installations and ideas of ritual from across cultures and times, Hildegard: Visions invites its audience to reflect on these connections and discover its own, singular realities in this powerful multi-sensory experience.
Yfat Soul Zisso
Jennifer MT White
Hildegard: Visions was developed in its early stages during a Residency at Snape Maltings. The Residency programme supports artists and researchers who are in need of development time, are creatively curious, and have exciting, adventurous ideas to explore.
About the artists' work
Lady Vendredi is an artist who will always keep fans and critics wondering what her next move will be, but like previous icons such as Grace Jones or even a Madonna, this is a part of the brilliance that comes with any perceived weirdness.’ - Colorising
‘Suspended somewhere between reclaimed pop exotica and Afrofuturism, it’s perhaps with Ebizie, in the intimacy of a confined theatre, that the elusive claim to a new sort of live music-theatre hybrid gains ground.’ - THE WIRE
‘Increasingly unhinged in the best possible way… you will need to leave your inhibitions in the cloakroom.’ ★★★★★ Time Out
Image credit Anya Arnold