"Ra...Patsia...Ou" is the second part of the opera "PATSIAOURA", which presents the absurd love between a sculptress and her sculpture, commenting on values and associations between love, death and matter. The work narrates the process a sculpture coming to life but slowly crumbling and falling apart; leading its creator, who is unable to prevent this decaying process, to paranoia and madness.
The main characteristic of the performance is its ritualistic approach, aimed to absorb the audience into a subconscious contemplation. Music, as the main element of the ritual, consists of polyrhythms, dense harmony, intense fluctuations in tempo and dynamics, tension, climaxes and stillness; reflecting the bipolar state of the sculptress and the tragic reality of the sculpture. Music is performed by two sopranos and ensemble, with the addition of pre-recorded Gamelan pieces and electronics. The libretto is written in Cypriot dialect, utilising its innate musicality and percussive qualities.
The ceremonial approach of the work is reinforced by the layout of the audience and the visual approach of the set and light design. The singers (visible) interact with the main part of the set design, but the instrumentalists are hidden behind a translucent membrane and presented as shadows. The audiovisual contrast between natural- electronics sounds and people-shadows, seeks to present two worlds that refer to the sculptress reality; material/social reality and intangible/inner world.