Theatricalizing Fernando Pessoa and his heteronyms: research, writing, rehearsal, and performance of The Last Seven Words of Fernando Pessoa

Date created: 
2012-04-12
Identifier: 
etd7097
Keywords: 
Theatre
Directing
Playwriting
Devising
Multiplicity
Heteronym
Abstract: 

This document focuses on the playmaking process of The Last Seven Words of Fernando Pessoa, a theatre piece that examines identity through an imagined encounter of Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa and his literary concept of heteronyms. The process includes two years of research, workshops, various collaborations, several drafts, and seven weeks of rehearsal. This ensemble piece weaves text, movement, and music together to present Pessoa’s life of multiplicity. The creative process employed a mixed method (hybrid) of traditional script creation, devising, and a de-hierarchization of performance modes. The play questions traditional staging in order to engage an audience.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
Rights: 
Copyright remains with the author. The author granted permission for the file to be printed and for the text to be copied and pasted.
File(s): 
The Last Seven Words of Fernando Pessoa Documented Performance
Supervisor(s): 
Steven Hill
Department: 
Communication, Art & Technology: School for the Contemporary Arts
Thesis type: 
(Project) M.F.A.
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