Michel van der Aa

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May 2011

German premiere of 'The Book of Disquiet'

Klaus Maria Brandauer

Following five-star performances in Linz, Amsterdam and Porto in 2009 and 2010, Michel van der Aa’s third stage work, The Book of Disquiet , will receive its German premiere at the Staatstheater Saarbrücken on 20 May 2011.

The libretto to The Book of Disquiet is constructed from text fragments by the Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa, who often cast himself in a series of distinct characters, or ‘heteronyms’. Van der Aa portrays these multiple personalities through music, live action and video, described by the Guardian’s Andrew Clements as “a beautifully shot parade of visuals”. Klaus Maria Brandauer stars as Pessoa’s alter ego, bookseller Bernando Soares, while the Portuguese fado star Ana Moura appears on film as Ophelia, a girl in Soares’s dreams.

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Michel van der Aa (Netherlands, 1970) is a truly multidisciplinary figure in contemporary music. A unique voice, he combines composition with film and stage direction, and script writing. Classical instruments, voices, electronic sound, actors, theatre and video are all seamless extensions of his musical vocabulary.

upcoming performances

  • 19 April 2017
    Imprint
    The Tempest
    Polish National Ballet. Choreography by Krzysztof Pastor
    Dance Open Festival, St Petersburg, Russia
  • 13 May 2017
    Blank Out (German premiere)
    Katherine Manley, soprano
    Roderick Williams (film), Nederlands Kamerkoor (film)
    KunstFestSpiele
    Orangerie Herrenhausen, Hannover, Germany
  • 17 June 2017
    Attach (Israel premiere)
    Israel contemporary players
    Ed Spanjaard, conductor
    9pm, Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel

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