The Festa del Misteri d’Elx arrives on Saturday, 1st July, at the Cloister of the Cultural Centre La Nau through Serenates. The festival, which is jointly organised by the Universitat de València and the Valencian Institute for Culture, offers this weekend the reproduction of a wok which was recognised as a Master Piece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESO in 2001.
The performance of Capella and l’Escolania del Misteri d’Elx will take place at 22:30 and the tickets (3€) are available in advance at the webpage: http://www.latenda.es/entrades.
Excluding the performance of the Festa at the Basílica de Santa María d’Elx, the concerts of the Misteri are the most accurate way of getting closer to this work since they show the text and the music as well as other elements of the performance.
The show includes a selection of the best motets and scenes which are sung in the order of the original representation and these constitute a choir concert which lasts 80 minutes and which summarises in a comprehensible way the plot, the music and the staging of the original performance whose complete version is traditionally only played in Elx.
Moreover, a screen has been placed at the Cloister for linking the concert’s music to the corresponding scenes in order to make the audience feel as if they were in the Basílica de Santa María de Elx. It is a way to understand the complete work and to visualize the original fly system of the 15-18 centuries which cannot be exported since it was built to fit the church of Elx.
Several cities have successfully hosted the concerts played out of the Basílica de Santa María d’Elx: the Cathedral of Toledo (1975), the Cathedral of Valencia (1986), the headquarters of UNESCO at Paris (1999), the Cathedral of Palma de Mallorca (2007), the Basílica del Pilar de Zaragoza (2008), the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome (2009), among other cities.