Regardless of all confessional, spiritual and cultural differences the festival IMAGO DEI - Music at Easter - reflects the wonderfully diverse possibilities we connect with this bright time of the year.
The reawakening of nature after the dark winter months has always been celebrated with a variety of special symbolism, rites and myths.
The name of the spring festival "Easter" goes back to the Anglo-Saxon goddess Eostre (or Ostera), a Nordic variant of Astarte, goddess of fertility, who used to be worshipped by West Semitic peoples.
With the celebrations of Easter depending on the ancient moon calendar this heathen origin receives further confirmation: Easter takes place on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the spring equinox. Within the Christian church year Easter is the time of solemn commemoration of Jesus Christ’s self-sacrifice and resurrection and thus the time of the most significant sacral cycle.
With a quite diversely working group of artists Imago Dei stands for a sensual-spiritual discourse on the spirituality of Easter during the Holy Week.
Concerts of old and contemporary music, dance, literature and performance projects—partly works on commission—offer an insight into the valuable diversity of the life-affirming Easter visions.