Medieval Sacred Songs of the Occitan People
The intertwined voices of Terra-Maïre (Terre-Mère or Motherland in the Oc language) bring up a wealth of essential emotions bordering on the sacred and on sorcery. Medieval sacred songs are sung by the two women, Marie Ange and Béatrice, in Occitan, the language of the troubadors and the Cathars. Mother and daughter are united as much by heritage as by their repertoire drawn from their roots in the south of France (from the Rouergue, the Basque country, the Bearn).
This musical adventure began in 1996 when Béatrice and Marie Ange went together on a pilgrimage to their roots. As of then, mother and daughter - each with her own personality and her own artistic background - began to breathe life back into the secular songs of the land of their ancestors. These songs – prayers, laments, psalms – "chevrotés" or “sung in a quavering voice” by men and women who have gone before them and most of whom have disappeared, make up a unique heritage, a timeless tradition in danger of extinction.
Here, with decided intensity and mastery, their two voices explore this traditional music. It is a music made not of notes, but of faces, of sharing, of sensations, where each song has its own colour, its own emotional and spiritual charge. Little by little, Marie Ange and Beatrice became imbued with these songs, and they started to transmit the initiation or the symbolic role of the melodies, a sacred and archaic emotion.
The deep, incantatory chants, the subtle dialogue between the voices, the sensitive participation of a talented cello player (Claire Menguy), mother and daughter’s twirling dances, Beatrice’s mystical dance… all contribute to giving the performance the intensity of an initiatory experience.
This group will perform as part of the night in the medina 3