N/A Early Bird
London Sinfonietta – making new music
Part of our 2015/16 Southbank Centre Residency: as the Queen Elizabeth Hall closes for refurbishment, we venture out to venues including Southwark Playhouse, The Coronet Theatre and St John’s Smith Square.
Michel van der Aa The Book of Disquiet (UK premiere)
When Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa died in 1935 he left behind a trunk filled with unfinished and unpublished writings, among which were the pages that make up his posthumous masterpiece The Book of Disquiet – the autobiography of his alter ego Bernando Soares. Michael Van der Aa’s score transforms Pessoa’s collection of dream vignettes and autobiographical anecdotes into a hypnotic work that mixes spoken word, performed by Samuel West, with music, electronics and video, probing the true nature of the ever-elusive self.
Joana Carneiro conductor
Michel van der Aa director
Samuel West actor
Sound Intermedia sound projection