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Witches: Revered & Reviled, Shaker Heights, OH

March 21 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT

Free

Bullying and stigmatizing those perceived as being different is a theme that has regrettably been almost constant across human history. Early modern society’s fascination with an ordered society frequently led to the persecution of individuals who were accused of straying outside the established conventional boundaries of “acceptable” behavior. While both men and women were accused of social deviance, the vast majority of those who were criminalized for thwarting societal expectations were women. Deemed witches and scolds, these disorderly women were corporally punished and executed at alarming rates across the early modern period. Despite this overwhelming and gruesome compulsion to seek out those who were supposedly out of order, there were numerous recorded occasions where women ascribed with supernatural abilities were highly respected. Frequently, individuals who suffered from mental and spiritual maladies were encouraged to seek out a witch for healing before seeing a medical doctor, and sorceresses were believed to have fantastical capabilities that could be used for good. This paradox of reverence and repulsion for unconventional women was mirrored in musical portrayals on the stage as well — women who stepped outside of the ordered realm of society were depicted as being forces of either extreme good or evil. “Witches: Revered and Reviled” explores repertoire that tells the stories of Circe, the Witch of Endor, and the Furies in a broad range of national styles and traditions of the seventeenth century. Additionally, we will feature the premier of a newly-commissioned work by Alexis Bacon.

Free, Suggested Donation $10 – $20

Details

Date:
March 21
Time:
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT
Cost:
Free
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Organizer

Burning River Baroque
Phone:
917-754-5549
Email:
directors@burning-river-baroque.org
Website:
https://www.burning-river-baroque.org/current-programs

Other

Contact Name
Malina Rauschenfels
Contact Phone
917-754-5549
Contact Email
directors@burning-river-baroque.org
Performers/Faculty
Malina Rauschenfels, Dr. Paula Maust

Venue

First Unitarian Church of Cleveland
21600 Shaker Blvd
Shaker Heights, 44122 United States
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