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eX Presents "POSSESSED"
Stage Director: Eric Fraad
Music Director: Caitríona O’Leary
Costume Design: Emma Downey
Lighting Design: Kevin Smith
Associate Costume Design: Grainne Lynch
Caitríona O’Leary: Voice (Ireland)
Clara Sanabras: Voice and Guitar (Spain)
Paulina van Laarhoven: Viols and Guitar (Netherlands)
Stephen Player: Guitars (UK and Sweden)
Harvey Brough: Guitar and Arrangements (England)
Andrea Piccioni: Percussion (Italy)
Michael Cooney: Dancer (Ireland)
Jim Roche: Actor (Ireland)
....we were tempted to detain them to play for us forever and ever... Culture Northern Ireland October 2011
The perfect natural acoustic and wonderful ambience of the 12-14th century St.Mary's Cathedral will provide a great setting for eX's spectacular production "Possessed".
Tickets €15 (€12 concession OAP/Student) Concert starts at 8.00pm.
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eX creates staged concerts featuring some of the world's most celebrated and adventurous early music specialists and theatre atists. Compelling new interpretations and crossovers between early music, traditional and popular styles characterise their highly original approach. The four sections of Possessed each inhabit a different realm of music, and a different manifestation of its subject through the medium of music: the sometimes bizarre and always fascinating forms of possession in cultures across the world.
Episode 1: Ecstasy opens the show in Europe, drawing on the ecstatic vision of Christian mystics such as Hildegard von Bingen, while
Episode 2 investigates the demonic possession of 17th century Salem with Witchcraft. The pantheistic Brazilian voodoo religion of Brazil dominates
Episode 3: Candomblé and finally to south Italy in
Episode 4, where the bite of a noxious spider induces a mania that can only be healed through a performance the sacred Tarantella dance. The show explores the relationship of music to each of these forms of possession, in an event which will feature music by Hildegard von Bingen, Guillame Dufay, Martin y Coll, and improvisations on 16th, 17th and 18th century Spanish and Italian music, as well as new world music.