Ordo Virtutum (Order of the Virtues) is an allegorical morality play composed about 1151 by Hildegard von Bingen.
The story tells about soul who, after having strived for a virtuous life, turns away from the Virtues, is tempted and taken away by the Devil. Eventually the penitent soul returns and together with the personified Virtues, overcomes the Devil.
We know very little about either the occasion of the composition, or its performance. There is a theory, that through this story, Hildegard wanted to prevent a nun from her convent, who had been elected abbess of another monastery, from accepting that position and leaving her side, knowing from her visions that it would be a bad choice.
Some historians suspect a connection to the Rite for the Consecration of a Virgin, a ceremony for a novice who is supposed to dedicate her life to God. However, we do not even know for sure whether Ordo Virtutum was actually performed, not to mention whether -- if it was -- the piece was performed dramatically, how many people participated, whether there were instruments, if gestures were used ...
Thus, many questions about how to perform this drama remain unanswered. This leaves us the possibility to discover this fascinating piece from ever new, sometimes very different, perspectives.
Our performance took place in the Karthäuserkirche, Basel, Switzerland in October 2012
The multinational cast from 15 different countries -
Virtutes: Humilitas, (Innocentia): Regina Dahlen Scientia dei, Contemptus mundi: Giovanna Baviera Caritas: Julianna Svidró Timor dei, Misericordia: Agnes Coakley Obedientia, Verecundia, Patientia: Carolina Acuña Fides, Amor caelestis: Mathilde Legrand Spes, Discretio, (Victoria): Yukie Sato Castitas, Victoria: Maria Weber Disciplina: Ayelet Karni
Anima: Hanna Marti
Diabolus: Tiago Mota
Animae: Anna Willerding, Charlotte Nachtsheim, Cristina Alís Raurich, Hiromi Bando, Ingeborg Aadland, Rachel Heymans, Tabea Schwartz
Patriarchae et prophetae: Ivo Haun, Jean-Christophe Groffe, Mathias Spoerry, Ozan Karagöz
Direction and organisation: Hanna Marti
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Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1178) was a 12 century nun and mystic. At the age of eight years old...