After Catholic fundamentalists prevented the Swedish musician Anna von Hausswolff After performing at a church in Nantes on Tuesday, the Paris Saint-Eustache church canceled its concert planned for December 9, citing concerns about safety.
On Tuesday, a group described by Nantes Deputy Mayor Bassem Asseh, as “intolerant radicals” blocked the entrance to the Notre-Dame de Bon-Port church prior to von Hausswolff’s show, accusing her of making “Satanist” music, even though the show was organized in accordance with the diocese of Nantes .
The protesters chanted: “Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us poor sinners.”
Von Hausswolff’s main instrument is the pipe organ, which is found mainly in places of worship. British Music Publishing the Quietus described The Swedish Grammy nominee’s music explores “an uncharted territory where post-rock, progressive, doom metal, modern classical music and high church coexist in an uneasy alliance.” His lyrics have touched gothic themes.
“Last night the Catholic integralism of the extreme right won over art, but not love”, Von Hausswolff wrote on Instagram, along with a photograph of herself sitting in the empty church “while listening to some 50-100 Integraistas singing and shouting outside the doors of the church, blocking the path of almost 400 people.”
He described it as a “scary, tense and sad situation” and that “we had nothing to do but cancel, we had very little security.” She said that she and the church “are working together and not with each other” and praised her fans for waiting “in peace and with patience.” “I loved that you remembered that these things will never be solved with violence.”
Contacted by The Guardian, it declined to comment further on the matter.
Eli Commins, director of le lieu unique, the cultural center that promoted the Nantes show, said in a statement that the forced cancellation was unacceptable and “an attack on the freedom of creativity and expression.”
“At 9:10 p.m., after many unsuccessful attempts to find a favorable outcome, we had to make the decision, according to the artist, not to open the doors to protect the safety of everyone present.”
Commins said le lieu unique strongly refuted the “baseless accusations of desecration” that had been leveled against von Hausswolff. He added to the Ouest-France newspaper: “There is no religious inspiration, there is no violence! She just plays the organ and organs are found in churches. It’s music influenced by post-metal. “
Aymeric Seassau, deputy for culture to the mayor of Nantes, expressed his solidarity with le lieu unique and von Hausswolff, and said that the incident strengthened “the idea that in the face of obscurantism, we need more than ever the light of the arts and culture. Nantes will continue to be a city open to all cultures and artistic styles ”.
Asseh said: “This is not our idea of a vision of society based on dialogue and cultural openness.”
Yves Trocheris, curate of Saint-Eustache in Paris, told the Guardian that he decided to cancel von Hausswolff’s upcoming concert “to ensure that public order was maintained at the church doors.” Von Hausswolff posted on Instagram that his team was looking for a new place for their date in Paris.
The canceled shows come towards the end of a tour in support of von Hausswolff’s 2020 album, the instrumental piece, All Thoughts Fly, which was comprised of more than 20 dates, including performances at European churches and cathedrals, including the Union Chapel of London.
Von Hausswolff said that thousands of people had seen this tour, “and there has been nothing but love and affection in the air, both from my audience and from the church.
“When different people try to overcome differences and barriers, that’s when true healing begins,” he wrote.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism