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eX Early Music Ensemble

St.Mary's Cathedral Tuam Co.Galway 9 June 2012

 
  see trailer on 
  RTE1 "The Works"

 

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


Cast

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.


St.Mary's Cathedral dates from the 12th century when Turlough O'Conor was High King of Ireland and contains a magnificent red sandstone chancel arch in laboured Romanesque, erected between 1128 and 1152.  The Cathedral is still used today for Sunday Services and has some lovely stained glass windows and contains relics of the Town's past glories.  The Tuam High Cross which is classed as a National Monument was removed to St. Mary's Cathedral in 1992.  
 
Tuam is 21 miles/34 km from Galway City on the N17 (approx. 30 minute drive).  Free parking.
 
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