Coelho Arantes Santana Marques, Igor
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Noturno is a recited monodrama for actor, stage props, an 8-piece chamber ensemble, and a stereo fixed media track. The text is based on three poems by Brazilian poet Ferreira Gullar. The first poem, Teu corpo, explores the inconsistency that arises when one seeks to define one's identity in the notion of an unfathomable soul rather than in the concrete realities of the body; then, Exercício de Relax emulates an insomniac's self-soothing bedtime routine, and Dentro sem fora closes with some paradoxical ontological aphorisms. While the focus, sonically and theatrically, remains on the actor throughout, the electroacoustic environments play a crucial role in inflecting the meaning of the text and stage actions. A counterpoint of breathy and metallic noises populates Teu Corpo, and entropy gradually rises. This mounting tension counterposes the relaxing affirmations of Exercício de Relax, building to a climax that erodes away when the actor recites Dentro sem fora three times, each more disconsolate than the previous. Noturno was premiered by ELISION Ensemble and the composer on 24 April 2019 in the University at Buffalo’s Slee Concert Hall.