Mon, 08 Apr|
BLOWN OFF COURSE (DESVIO DE RUMO)
• ÓPERA DE PEDRO REBELO • FESTIVAL SONORITIES
Time & Location
08 Apr 2024, 19:00
Belfast, 20 University Square, Belfast BT7 1NN, UK
About the Event
Blown Off Course explores relationships between Portugal and Japan through language, music and food. Since the Portuguese arrived in Japan in the 16th Century, as the first Europeans to encounter Japan’s rich and fascinating culture, multiple exchanges began and continue to this day. This chamber opera recounts the chance meeting of Hanna, a Japanese woman and Valentim, a Portuguese man, in both the 16th Century and today. These encounters are a result of a ship (16th Century) and a plane (today) blown off course by the force of the wind (the narrator). Six centuries apart, these interactions develop relationships through the exchange of sounds, words and food traditions. The wind is a presence prompting seemingly chance events and orchestrated action. Musically, the work feeds from Japanese musical traditions such as Kabuki theatre, Gagaku and Zen Shakuhachi flute music, coming together with Portuguese sources from the 16th and 17th Century. The opera is scored for Soprano, Baritone, Narrator, Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello, Piano, Percussion, Shakuhachi, Electronics, 2 Channel Video and a chef. Commissioned by Music Music Portugal, with the support from Queen's University Belfast Pedro Rebelo was born in Viseu, Portugal and is Professor of Sonic Arts in the School of Arts, English and Languages and Director of SARC: Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Sound and Music at Queen's University Belfast. Glenn Patterson was born in Belfast and is currently a Professor of Creative Writing in the School of Arts, English and Languages and Director of the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen's University Belfast.