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Karmina Šilec

Karmina Šilec is a world known conductor, author of music theatre projects and artistic director of Carmina Slovenica and Choregie.


STABAT MATER Letters to a son

"Will you be mine?"

For voices, acoustic and electroacoustic instruments

A meditation inspired by Marie Guyart - Mary of the Incarnation (1599 – 1672)

Texts: Marie Guyart: From Mother to Son: The Selected Letters of Marie de l’Incarnacion to Claude Martin

"I saw our Lord Jesus Christ in human form come forth and move through the air to me. As Jesus in his wondrous majesty was approaching me, I felt my heart enveloped by his love and I began to extend my arms to embrace him. Then he put his arms about me, kissed me lovingly, and said, 'Do you wish to belong to me?' I answered, 'Yes!'

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STABAT MATER   Letters to a son
STABAT MATER   Letters to a son

About the project

For voices, acoustic and electroacoustic instruments

A meditation inspired by Marie Guyart - Mary of the Incarnation (1599 – 1672)

Texts: Marie Guyart: From Mother to Son: The Selected Letters of Marie de l’Incarnacion to Claude Martin

"I saw our Lord Jesus Christ in human form come forth and move through the air to me. As Jesus in his wondrous majesty was approaching me, I felt my heart enveloped by his love and I began to extend my arms to embrace him. Then he put his arms about me, kissed me lovingly, and said, 'Do you wish to belong to me?' I answered, 'Yes!'

She became a wife, a mother, an Ursuline nun of the French order, a spiritual adviser, a mystic, a businesswoman, a colonialist, the first female missionary outside Europe. Joining the monastery required her to leave her only 11-year-old son who expressed much difficulty with the separation. He tried to storm the monastery with a group of his school friends, and could repeatedly be found crying at the gates, trying to enter. In the midst of the uproar Marie could pick out the voice of her son who was crying aloud: "Give me back my mother, give me back my mother."

Her most significant writings are the approximately 13.000 letters she wrote to various acquaintances, the majority of which went to her son Claude. They establish a unique relationship through an extensive correspondence. Later he became a priest himself. From her death in 1672 she was venerated as a saint and the objects that she had used were sought after as relics. Marie was declared venerable in 1874 and canonized in 2014.

Throughout the history, parenthood and sacrifice have been closely intertwined: from Abraham and Isaac, through the Greek myth of Medea, to Brecht’s notorious Mother Courage. The relationship between the two becomes even more pronounced when it comes to the notion of mothers. Stabat Mater poses the fundamental questions that we all face as humans, but also the ones with which women are particularly preoccupied - the crucial questions to pose at the present moment in history: To what extent should women be devoted to their "mission"? How, if at all, can one negotiate maternal love and the pursuit of one’s dreams?

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