La Cité des Dames at Royaumont, FrancePosted on July 26, 2019
Justina’s new composition La Cité des Dames for 6 Sopranos will be performed at Royaumont on the 7th of September by selected singers of the Voix Nouvelles Academy supervised by Donatienne Michel-Dansac.
“Pizan’s allegorical city of ladies, created as a response to Jean de Meun’s Roman de la Rose, is defending the virtue of female with examples of famous virtuous women to be “housed” at La Cité and serving as role models for other women to follow. In the book the protagonist Christine, upset after reading the misogynist Matheolu’s Lamentations is visited by three female Virtues who present themselves and their roles in helping building the foundations and houses of the city. In the first part of my composition the chosen text is an instruction on how to build the city, given by Virtues to Christine. The second part is her answer to their demand. At the end the Virtues encourage Christine.”