Extraordinary Women: Hildegard of Bingen, a Visionary Genius
For October’s Extraordinary Women event, Back Lane Studios turns to the Middle Ages and the remarkable life and accomplishments of the 12th century abbess Hildegard of Bingen. She was a late bloomer. But what a late bloomer. A visionary experience in her early 40s led to one of the most extraordinary creative outpourings in history.
She was a poet and composer, herbalist and healer; theologian and abbess; cosmologist and medical writer, playwright and politician. A true polymath, she wrote about everything — from theology to female sexuality, botany to beer making, while connecting with the most powerful personages of her times.
As the New York Times described her, she was “before the Renaissance, a Renaissance woman.”
On the program:
- An introduction by author Teri Degler, who has explored the lives, work and creativity of women mystics.
- The 50-minute documentary, In the Symphony of the World: A Portrait of Hildegard of Bingen.
- A performance of Hildegard of Bingen’s compositions and Gregorian chants by the Toronto choral ensemble Schola Magdalena.
- A Q&A about Hildegard’s inspired genius, her music and many other accomplishments with Teri and Stephanie Martin, the York University music professor who directs Schola Magdalena.
Doors Open 30 minutes before showtime.
Tickets for the event are $16 on Eventbrite (fees included) and $19 at the door.