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El Misteri - English

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On 14th and 15th August every year since 1980, La Selva del Camp has staged a production of El Misteri de la Selva, the first fully preserved dramatisation of the assumption in a romance language (Catalan in the second half of the fourteenth century).

 

  • The text was discovered in the town’s parish archive and, once recovered as a work of performance, was incorporated into the local festival cycle.
  • The work, the main theme of which deals with the last moments of the life of Mary, her death and assumption in body and soul to heaven, belongs to the assumptionist cycle, which has a great tradition in Catalonia and Catalan-speaking territories.
  • Two-thirds of the production are sung a cappella and follow indications that appear in the original manuscript. All the melodies, hymns and liturgical songs were very well known in the Middle Ages and belong to Gregorian and polyphonic repertoire.
  • The stage occupies the whole of the parish church of Sant Andreu Apòstol and the lighting constantly spotlights where the action is taking place (Paradise, Mary’s house, the council of the Jews, Mary’s grave and hell) as the actors, by way of a real-life altarpiece, are visible to the audience throughout the performance.

El Misteri de la Selva is intended for audiences of all kinds: both specialists and people with an interest in theatre or in forms of great Christian tradition. Everyone, without a shadow of a doubt, will discover in it a true medieval jewel.

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Place: Parròquia de Sant Andreu Apòstol de la Selva del Camp
Timetable: 14th August at 22:00 hours
15ht August at 20:00 hours
 
C/ ABADIA, 24
43470 LA SELVA DEL CAMP
BAIX CAMP - CATALUNYA
Tel. 636.541.532 
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EL MISTERI DE LA SELVA

 

 

Last modified on Dimarts, 29 Juliol 2014 15:53