Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa focused on the development of more than 70 fictional characters, under whose name he wrote many of his works. These were as developed as to have names, biographies, literary influences and writing styles that were unique to each one –they even had their own star charts! Pessoa would thus prefer not to dismiss them by regarding them as aliases – they were his Heteronyms, the different versions of his very self. One of them is Bernardo Soares, credited by Pessoa as the writer of “The Book of Disquiet”, which is for many his greatest work. Fittingly, Soares, who in this work admits: “the deeper within me I go, all the dream’s routes lead me to the outings of agony,” was probably the one Heteronym closest to Pessoa’s true self, with Pessoa actually calling Soares a “semi- heteronym”.
The Portuguese writer’s magnum opus comes to life at the Onassis Cultural Centre, through the work of Michel van der Aa. The famous Dutch composer and director, who from 2011 onwards has been the Composer-in-Residence at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw Royal Orchestra, directs and scores a unique theater performance and a motion picture within it, making for a whole where song, electronic sound, live music, image and the spoken word come together in harmony, with none overpowering the other. On the contrary, they complement each other by bringing to life on stage the writer’s literary and existential angst, making the Times describe the performance as an avant-garde mix of music, cinema and theater.
Miltiadis Fiorentzis, a leading representative of the new generation of actors takes on the show’s leading role, while Ergon Ensemble, the successful Greek ensemble specializing in contemporary music makes its fifth perfrormance at the Onassis Cultural Centre, conducted by the prolific Kasper de Roo.
Following the December 15 performance, the audience will have the opportunity to engage in discussion with the cast; on December 16, a workshop with Michel van der Aa takes place.
Where: Onassis Cultural Centre, Main Stage
When: December 15 & 16, 8:30 pm
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