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Sopor Aeternus And The Ensemble Of Shadows - The Goat And Other Re-Animated Bodies DVD (2009)

Darkwave from Germany, music DVD released in 2009.

Sopor Aeternus & The Ensemble Of Shadows is a musical project founded by and consisting solely of the
German musician, Anna-Varney Cantodea. It was formed some time in 1989.

Despite years of good (though not well-known) media attention, not much is known about Anna-Varney Cantodea.
She tends not to talk about her own personal life; a life which seems to
have been filled with great grief and depression. From what little is
known, Anna-Varney could be described as being transgender (she has, in
the past, referred to herself as "two-spirited", a "warrior of the
neutral zone" or simply a "transsexual." Cantodea prefers to be known as
a "she", instead of a "he", and states that she does not seek to
surgically alter her body due to reasons of, as she refers to it,
"spiritual conflict." In 1997 she took the name Anna-Varney Cantodea to
reflect her "femininity" (before that time she simply referred to
herself as "Varney" ). Her decision to alter this pseudonym was based on
several factors: "Anna" was a typically feminine name, the already
established 'Varney' stemmed from the horror story, "Varney the Vampire,
or The Feast Of Blood", and Cantodea had been a form of the Latin word
for "female singer".

Though her official date of birth has never been released to the public,
it is speculated by a small number of fans that Anna was born some time
in the 1950s , due to a heading seen on the booklet cover of her recent
2007 release, Les Fleurs du Mal. Upon this can be seen the phrase:
"SOPOR: Sedating the heart since 1952."

She has said in several interviews that she spent nearly three decades
in extreme states of depression, despair and loneliness. These emotions
were cited as being brought on by being frequently beaten by her parents
and peers in school, and by becoming somewhat suicidal at the age of
twelve, along with many other experiences of severe depression
throughout her life. One such instance could be the childhood trauma
that Anna had undergone by having an out-of-body experience whilst under
sedation due to a surgical operation she was receiving at the age of
six. All of these events led up to and resulted in her discovery of the
"Ensemble Of Shadows": otherworldly presences and/or voices who stirred
her musical senses and guided her to share the works in her mind with
the public. She does not speak much on the subject of the Ensemble,
though she does state that they (denoting that they are, in fact,
'spirits' )give her her musical inspiration in dreams. Hence, the word
Sopor is a very important term in Anna-Varney's creations, as the word
itself refers to "sleep" in Latin.
Anna-Varney seems to be voluntarily isolated, as she has spoken of fear,
disgust, or sadness when in the presence of most individuals (aside
from her few acquaintances, friends, interviewers, and those who help
with her musical production), though she does state that she is less
isolated now than she used to be. In any case, she does not perform
live, "in front of people."

Anna-Varney's renaissance and baroque-influenced music is emotional and
often considered extremely melancholic, using a number of different of
brass instruments, woodwinds (in particular, flutes), string quartets,
violins, pipe organs, bells, and guitars. In some instances,
synthesizers and drum machines or real percussion is used. Anna-Varney
has clearly stated that she creates her music about herself, solely for
herself. Various themes include death, suicide, unrequited love,
karmatic pain, loneliness and sadness, astrological references, dreams,
mythological figures, and sometimes the undead (the latter usually
appearing in her earliest albums and in several rereleases). More recent
themes include occultism and sexuality.

A very important recurring theme is Cantodea's apparent Transsexualism
and the idea of becoming or being a woman, including removal of the
typically male genitalia in favour of attaining the female variant (in
later album artwork, Anna-Varney is usually shown nude with a vagina
which has been edited in with photo-manipulation techniques). As well,
much of Anna's earlier works deals with mysticism and spirituality (more
specifically a sort of spiritual failure). There are also several
musical themes that reappear in her works; the most notable example is
the song, "Birth - Fiendish Figuration," which has appeared in at least
four forms on separate releases. Other songs contain similar melodic
lines or lyrics from an earlier release.

When asked about the specific genre of her music, Anna-Varney says that
she does not follow a specific style of music and that she simply
creates "music for dead children (and otherwise wounded souls), that is
all." Despite this statement, many fans consider Sopor a Darkwave
project, and one in the most unique of forms.

Although the band consist solely of Anna-Varney Cantondea, it was
actually created by her, and an elusive individual known only as
"Holger". The two had met at that time (1989), in a goth club called
'Negativ', which is located in Frankfurt, Germany. Shortly after their
first creation "Blut der schwarzen Rose," Holger left Sopor.

Sopor Aeternus And The Ensemble Of Shadows At MySpace

2009 The Goat... And Other Re-Animated Bodies DVD


01. The Goat
02. The Dog Burial
03. And Bringer of Sadness
04. Deep the Eternal Forest (Version 1)
05. Deep the Eternal Forest (Version 2)
06. The Bells Have Stopped Ringing (Colour Version)
07. The Bells Have Stopped Ringing (B/W Version)
08. Dead Lovers' Sarabande - Face One (Trailer)
09. Les Fleurs du Mal (Teaser)

Label: Apocalyptic Vision Records

The guardians of the sanatorium have released from the files for public assessment further material
about their most enigmatic, fascinating and beautiful inmate. These
video recordings demonstrate in an impressive, disturbing and absolutely
magical way what is meant by "musical therapy for the spiritually
dysfunctional": "danced poetry".

These moving visual documents show for the first time in public how the
deep meaning of the "holy trinity" of music, lyrics and artwork can -
even if only rudimentarily - be made tangible. We can never completely
understand, never really comprehend, what the unparalleled Anna-varney
Cantodea, in her quite glorious complexity, releases. The collected
videos on this DVD offer just a further small key to open another small
door in the fascinating, beautiful and morbid world of her splendour. A
fleeting glance, like a breath of mist, at the early days, long-gone
times, up to the most recent hours in the "Sanatorium Altrosa", where
Anna-Varney, reposing - one would also like to think: happy - dances for
herself, rapt.

Be thankful, humans, that our beloved Goddess has consented to release
these emotional and moving images. Conjecture the uniqueness of the art
which Sopor Aeternus & The Ensemble Of Shadows create for all of the
wounded souls outside the gates of the sanatorium and become a part - a
small part - of this world. "The Goat... and other re-animated Bodies
(Like a Corpse standing in Desperation 4)" is like a consecrated wafer
which we are allowed to receive, while kneeling, from our Goddess, and
which for a fleeting moment opens our eyes. Without sacrificing any of
the emotion.

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