Music alumni Litha and Effy Efthymiou have been collaborating with dance alumnus Harriet Parker-Beldeau and ex-staff member Esmé Patey-Ford, to devise an interdisciplinary work exploring ritual and female identity.
Twin composers Litha and Effy have composed Rituals to Mould her with, which has a strong theatrical style fusing music for harpsichord, electronics, percussion and found objects. As a group, the women have devised an interdisciplinary piece exploring rituals in old Spanish religious texts, with a particular focus on the impact that the figure of the Virgin Mary has on women.
Inspired by the musical ritual that celebrated the Virgin Mary in early medieval Spain, the composers and performance artists have drawn material from 1100-year-old manuscripts and engaged with cutting-edge research at the University of Bristol. They aim to show how the ‘Mary Ritual’ was a powerful tool used by prominent men to shape and communicate male ideals.
Effy and Litha’s music has been described as ‘brilliantly realised’ (Time Out) and ‘deeply immersive’ (5against4). With awards and commissions from PRS Women Make Music, Arts Council England, Wellcome Trust, Consortium 5 and the International Guitar Foundation among many more, they are ‘fast becoming names to watch’ (The Fashion Globe).
You can hear Rituals to Mould her with at Kings Place on 5 February 2017. For more information and to book tickets please visit the Kings Place website.
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