Michel van der Aa: The Book of Disquiet - music theatre for actor, ensemble & film (UK premiere)

Narrative, music, electronics and video are combined in a thought-provoking performance.

When Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa died in 1935 he left behind a trunk filled with unfinished and unpublished writings – a tantalising treasure trove of scribbled anecdotes and idle thoughts.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 Bernando Soares. Michel 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.


Supported by The London Community Foundation and Cockayne – Grants for the Arts.

Wednesday 24 – Thursday 25 February 2016


The Coronet Theatre


London Sinfonietta
Joana Carneiro conductor
Michel van der Aa director
Samuel West actor
Sound Intermedia sound projection