While the words “12th-century German nun” don’t immediately conjure notions of feminism, philosophy and avant-garde music, perhaps it’s time they should. The more that becomes known about the life and work of the mystic, healer, scientist and writer Hildegard von Bingen, the more her legacy sparks inspiration and imagination for artists of our own time. Heidi Duckler Dance has previously produced work based on Hildegard’s visionary mindful healthfulness practice, and this weekend, they return to the theme in Hildegard Herself. The new dance suite unfolds across the Parish Hall, courtyard and main cathedral of St. John’s, and is dedicated to the more esoteric dimensions of her theology and spiritual language.

St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral, 514 West Adams Blvd., University Park; Fri.-Sat., Nov. 22-23, 7 p.m.; $35-50; heididuckler.org.


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