For The Feast of Fools, we present Le Roman de Fauvel, (the story of Fauvel), a zany musical medieval romp where nothing is sacred, satire is the rule of the day, and a donkey is the star of the show! The Newberry Consort, will be joined by six men from The Rookery Choir to bring you some rousing mid-winter cheer.
The medieval tale of Fauvel, preserved in poetry and music, satirizes the hedonism, hypocrisy, and the excesses of the ruling orders, both secular and ecclesiastical. His name forms an acrostic, the letters standing for the vices Flattery, Avarice, Vileness, Fickleness, Envy, and Laziness (Flaterie, Avarice, Vilanie, Varieté, Envie, Lascheté). We’ll tell Fauvel’s story with harps, shawms, vielles, rebecs, recorders, and voices, accompanied by projections of period images and supertitle translations.