Premièring in November 2016, Rituals to Mould Her With is a new multimedia venture inspired by Dr Kati Ihnat’s research.
Dr Ihnat explored 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 created a work in response to Ihnat’s research, scored for harpsichord, electronics and percussion, and incorporating theatre and dance. This project united the composers, whose work had 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 Liturgy Studies, funded by the European Research Council and led by Dr Emma Hornby (University of Bristol, Music department). Dr Hornby said: ‘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.’
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The collaboration was supported by the Brigstow Institute, Hinrichsen Foundation, RVW Trust and Bristol University’s Impact award. The work was performed at: