Belinda Sykes & JOGLARESA
The Virgin Queen
Spoken word and song for adults and teens - Sally Pomme Clayton weaves a passionate and funny tale, threaded through with Joglaresa's melody and song.
The Virgin Queen is a wild romance. A young man goes on a quest to find a fruit from the garden of the mythical Virgin Queen to save his ailing father. However, the Virgin Queen turns out to be both a Goddess and a warrior, and stealing her fruit must be paid for. This is a rare Medieval story from the Caucasus, Eastern Mediterranean and Turkey. It brings together powerful images of warrior women found in epics and fairytales in Turkey and Central Asia, with mythical images of a magical Virgin brought to these areas through Christianity.
Joglaresa's music will include their own re-inventions of songs by the C9th Byzantine abbess Kassia and the C11th Arab-Andalusian songstress Wallada.
Douce dame jolie
Hibbi zawidni qublah
Ave rosa novella
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