Body At Baroque Landscape - BOHEMIAE sub ROSA
18th - 23rd August 2008, Kuks Spa & Elbe River Valley
BENEDICTIO AQUAE II / Dedicated to Jan Jozeff Božan´s Nightingale of Paradise
Performed by Milos Sejn, Frank van de Ven and Günter Heinz
Theatrum Kuks 2008
Benedictio Aquae is a part of Jan Jozeff Božans hymnbook Nightingale of Paradise, which publication was supported by Franz Anton count Sporck. I forgot the exact date, but it was in baroque period of course. This book consists about eight hundred songs and Benedictio Aqua is its smaller, latin written part.
This hymnbook is a very important segment of the middle europe music culture and we - in this place - were specially interested in the theme of laudation of water.
Here, where water is an essential feature for everything.
For this whole valley.
Water is ubiquitous in the Castle Kuks, it is present in watersprings as a part of the buildings, it is in the forests around, it is a part of the sculptures, it is as the river under us..