Van der Aa: The Book of Disquiet
24 February 2016 until 25 February 2016
When Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa died in 1935 he left behind a trunk filled with unfinished and unpublished writings – a tantalising treasure trove of scribbled anecdotes and idle thoughts. Among these were the pages that make up his posthumous masterpiece The Book of Disquiet, an autobiography of his alter ego Bernardo Soares.
Michael van der Aa’s score transforms Pessoa's collection of dream vignettes into a hypnotic work that mixes spoken word, performed by British actor Samuel West, with music, electronics and video, probing the true nature of the ever-elusive self.
Other funders/partners: Arts Council England, Cockayne – Grants for the Arts, The London Community Foundation, Southbank Centre.
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