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A Portrait of Hildegard of Bingen

1999 (Jo Francis & John Fueg) , 50 minutes

She wrote about everything -- from sexuality to theology, botany to beer making. We mark the summer solstice with a celebration of the remarkable 12th century nun and mystic Hildegard of Bingen.

The event, presented by local not-for-profit Back Lane Studios, features the documentary In the Symphony of the World: A Portrait of Hildegard of Bingen. Vocalist Krystina Lewicki, a specialist in early medieval music, will perform Hildegard’s chants, and a discussion follows the film. Our panel includes Teri Degler, who has written about women mystics and creativity; Rebecca Golding, a student of medieval medical manuscripts, U of T associate professor Isabelle Cochelin, an expert on medieval monastic life, and Krystina Lewicki.

Hildegard was, as the New York Times described her, “before the Renaissance, a Renaissance woman” – a visionary, composer, abbess, student of botany and medicine, healer, poet, theologian, playwright and consummate politician.

In her early 40s, she had a profound mystical experience, which transformed her consciousness and led to one of the most extraordinary creative outpourings in history.

General admission $15. Advance tickets are $13 and available at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/extraordinary-women-series-presents-a-portrait-of-hildegard-of-bingen-tickets-25868476309