Mornings at the Abbey start with a coffee reception and include an Abbey-related conference and an artistic event.
Mornings at the Abbey
10am / COFFEE RECEPTION
10.30am / CONFERENCE > When demons invaded the monastery
Jean-Claude Schmitt, historian
“Imagine a crowd of evil spirits surrounding you, that you can’t see – or can barely see. You can hear them debating about the traps that they are about to set you. They take your body, make you talk, cough, groan, scratch yourself against your will, move your hand or foot or even shift corpses. This was the experience of Abbot Richalm and a handful of Cistercian monks at Schöntal, in what is now South-West Germany, in around 1200, at an abbey similar to Noirlac in many ways. The recent discovery of their prodigious dialogue about demons, the Book of Revelations, throws an entirely new light on beliefs and, more widely, on the culture and society of the Middle Ages, while sharing the nerve-wracking confinement of these men and demons in the cramped space of a monastery”. J.C. Schmitt
11h30 / CONCERT > Suites 1 & 6 by J.S. Bach
Sonia Wieder-Atherton, cello
“For me, playing Bach’s suites, at one point or another, there always comes to mind an image of Giacometti’s hands tirelessly modeling clay until a face appears. You can see his hands in contact with substance.
It’s the feeling that the process leading to the appearance of features is part and parcel of the face itself. Being in contact with Bach’s suites is very close to that. It’s about digging into the string until a phrase is born, and also about correct breathing. It’s a phrase which is perpetually in the making – which never stops creating and recreating itself.” S. Wieder-Atherton
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