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Kepler's Trial

When Oct 29, 2016
from 08:15 PM to 09:45 PM
Where St John's College Chapel, St John's Street, CB2 1TP
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Johannes Kepler’s mother Katharina might well have remained entirely in the shadows had she not, in the summer of 1615, been accused by a neighbour of being a witch. The case dragged on for six years, eventually leading to a trial, in which the famous astronomer, putting his life on hold, took over his mother’s defence. Drawing on Ulinka Rublack’s recent book, 'The Astronomer and the Witch', Kepler’s Trial tells this story. It is the culmination of a highly unusual creative process, in which a team of scholars working in a wide range of different fields from several different institutions met regularly to explore the story, and to consider the challenges posed by bringing it to the stage. The opera seeks to illuminate the story through the combination of allusions to the music of the early seventeenth century (cornetts and sackbuts, chorales, Lutheran drinking songs) with video sequences by Aura Satz that amplify its themes of darkness and light, moon and sun, sight and illusion, with, at its centre, the depiction of the aging woman.

The production has been made possible with funds from St John’s College and the Faculty of History.


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 Kepler's Trial