PERFORMANCES

 

29-30-31 July: Drowning Lilies by Aleateia Theatre Group
06-07 August: Minotauro by C.I.R.T. – A.I.R.A. (Milano)
13-14 August: A Work Structure by Player
                     by teatrutramm and Inizjamed
20-21 August: Lamentations of Cain by Icarus Performance Project (Malta)
27-28 August: Feggaraki by C.I.R.T. – Centro Indipendente Ricera Teatrale (Milano)
31 August: Vassilissa by A.I.R.A. (Milano)

 

 

Drowning Lilies

by
Aleateia Theatre Group

Date: Friday 29, Saturday 30, Sunday 31 July 2005
Time: 20:00
Venue: MITP Theatre
Tickets: Lm3

Performers: Loranne Vella, Chris Galea, Dorothy Baldacchino, Sephora Gauci, Joseph Paul Vella, Veronica Stivala, Olwyn Jo Saliba, Gilbert Micallef.

Writer & Director: Simon Bartolo

Music: Chris Galea

 

 

‘Should we impose our values on others at the cost of their happiness? Should we allow our shared cultural values to be taken over by new “cool” ones at the expense of our contentment? This is the theme explored by this intriguing play. On one level it is a story about Siamese twins who are happy to live sharing a hip, and the reaction the world has towards them, finally persuading them to conform to the value of independent living. Their delight in being one is truly enchanting.

‘On another I felt it was a commentary about the value the western world puts on individualism and how this emphasis is destroying other collective cultures which are based much more on interdependence and the importance of the togetherness. The consequences of the loss in connectiveness is brought out poignantly and leaves in the viewer a sense of the great emptiness that being “free” can offer.’

Mary Ann Borg Cunen
Department of Psychology - University of Malta

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The group now comprises twelve members but, when it was set up, thirteen years ago there were four University students of whom now only two remain – Loranne Vella who trains the Aleateia actors and Simon Bartolo who writes the scripts and directs the plays. They performed their first play which was a forty-minute experiment in 1993 in the MITP dressing room. Since then they have never looked back, performing outstanding original productions both in Malta and abroad.

www.aleateia.com

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Minotauro

by
C.I.R.T. – A.I.R.A.

Date: Saturday 06 and Sunday 07 August 2005
Time: 21:30
Venue: MITP Theatre
Tickets: Donation Lm1

Performers: Mario Ruggeri, Andrea Fici, Elena Marangakis, Marcello Frigerio
Director: Mario Ruggeri

The work on the Minotaur was born in June 2005, what we present during SUPA is the first formalized study of this work.

The study relates the myth of Ariadne, or of the labyrinth, or of the Minotaur.
This work was put together as a theatrical performance, it has a clear story that unfolds following the events as they happen chronologically.
Within this our theatrical study we use images, songs, texts, musical pieces played with acoustic instruments, little dances, natural light and all that we have learned from theatre that can contribute to the vitality and the clarity of the story. In our works the technique is based on the craft of the actor, we do not use make use of any technology.

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A Double Bill

Date: Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 August 2005
Time: 21:30
Venue: MITP Theatre
Tickets: Lm2

 

A Work Structure

by
Player – A Programme Investigating Theatre Encounters

Performers: Stefan Aquilina
Research Consultant: Louise Ghirlando


A Work Structure is the latest stage in the work on an evolving performance structure. This current stage is by no means an ‘end result’ but a milestone in Aquilina’s ongoing research in the praxis of performance. The term Work denotes Aquilina’s desire to use the Structure as a tool to undertake this research.

The Structure uses a fragment of text from T.S. Eliot’s A Murder in The Cathedral as its dramaturgical starting point. Two chants augment this starting point. Additional texts include a fragment from Johan von Goethe’s Faust.


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The aim of Player is to investigate the possibility of the theatrical event at nourishing an encounter between the actor and the spectator. The main tool through which this investigation is carried out is the work of the performer.

 

IMITERJI

by
teatrutramm and Inizjamed

Performers: Kevin Attard, Marion Zammit, Claire Zerafa
Director: Marcelle Teuma
Designer: Pierre Portelli
Scriptwriter: Clare Azzopardi
Music: Karl Fiorini
Translator of Antigone: Profs. Oliver Friggieri


imiterji is a theatrical project that is going to travel in between two main stages. We will be working on one whilst maintaining the other well in sight. The first stage to be presented tonight is based upon the Greek tragedy Antigone written by Sophocles in the fourth century BC. One of the central themes of this play is the conflict between the individual and the power of the state. Creon, King of Thebes, declares that whilst Eteocles will be given a full and honourable funeral, Polyneices, his brother will be left unburied in the sun for the animals to devour. Their sister Antigone defies this law proclaimed by her uncle and future father-in-law and is determined to bury her brother Polyneices even if it means her own death.

The work done with the text of Antigone will be the backdrop in our next stage of the project. The performance will focus on the conflict between Human Law (Creon’s prohibition) and the Divine Law requiring that the dead be put to rest with proper rituals. This will be presented within the context of Malta in the 60s when the Church had cast the Interdict upon activists of the Labour Party and those of them who died during that time were not allowed to be buried on sacred ground.

This next stage of performance will be premiered on All Souls Day 2 November 2005 with repeats between 3 and 6 November 2005. Time and place will be announced later.


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teatrutramm was launched with a theatrical presentation of Clare Azzopardi’s short story of ‘Jien ix-Xhud’. It was presented during an activity organised by Inizjamed for World Book Day at Caraffa Stores in Birgu last April 2005. teatrutramm is a multidisciplinary group made up of artists from different artistic fields. So far its line of action is to promote a greater awareness of our own culture which lies within that of the Mediterranean, to respond to it and recreate it using the language of theatre.

www.inizjamed.org

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Lamentations of Cain
A Vocal Structure within the Third Phase of Icarus Performance Project (Malta)

by
Icarus Performance Project (Malta)

Date: Saturday 20 – Sunday 21 August 2005
Time: 21:30
Venue: MITP Theatre
Tickets: Lm2

Performers: Frank Camilleri, Jeremy de Maria, Nicole Bugeja
Director: Frank Camilleri

 


Everything has been prophesized. Cain slays his brother and is doomed to wander all his days with the mark of God on his forehead. It is like the plague: to touch Cain is to become Cain. Who will redeem the sons of Cain?

He will come – it has been prophesized. The Promised Other arrives and on an altar slays Cain, and redeems him. And on his shoulders the Promised Other takes on the tribulations of Cain and in his veins the plague flows. Who will redeem the Promised Other?

There is only one way – it has been prophesized. The Promised Other lies on the altar and with the sacrificial blade redeems himself of Cain’s plague. As the blood flows, the sons of Cain look on. What lies beyond Cain?

The prophecy is silent, but through the veil, shadows may be glimpsed and faint lamentations may be heard.

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Lamentations of Cain is a vocal structure within the Third Phase of Icarus Performance Project (Malta). It marks the current stage of the Project’s research on an evolving performance structure whose milestones have been Amargo – The Tragedy of the Man Doomed to Die (2002), ICARUS 4 (2003), TWO (2004), TWO.2 (2004), and Amargo TWO (2004).

Lamentations of Cain signals the dramaturgical structuring of a vocal line of actions that builds on the montage-dramaturgy of dynamics and textures explored in the Second Phase, which in turn builds on the generation of personal dramaturgies in the First Phase of the Project.

The Third Phase’s research on the formulation of a shared dramaturgy based on actions and intentions, has led the Project to explore the possibility of structuring a vocal line of texts and songs as the backbone of intentions in a performance structure. It is the Project’s aim to develop the vocal line in Lamentations of Cain into a full performance piece in the Third Phase.

Lamentations of Cain is based on texts from or inspired by the Old Testament. Additional texts by Federico García Lorca and Walt Whitman have been utilised to enrich the dramaturgical line. Languages used are English, Maltese, Spanish, and Italian.

www.icarusproject.info

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Feggaraki

by
C.I.R.T. Centro Indiependente Ricerca Teatrale (Milano)

Date: Saturday 27 – Sunday 28 August 2005
Time: 21:30
Venue: MITP Theatre
Tickets: Lm3

Performers: Mario Ruggeri, Andrea Fici, Elena Marangakis, Marcello Frigerio
Director: Mario Ruggeri


Feggaraki is our performative work.

This means that it cannot be understood in exactly the same way as a normal theatrical performance. Rather, it is more of a precisely structured ensemble of performative material including Songs , actions of the actors, images representative of situations. All this has a theme, that the story of a man who is assailed by external forces. Those who will see Feggaraki should not expect an obvious story, but rather a series of images representative of a recurrent theme.

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Vassalissa
The sacrifice

by
A.I.R.A.

Date: Wednesday 31 August 2005
Time: to be announced later
Venue: University of Malta Campus
Tickets: Lm2.50

Performers: Mario Ruggeri, Elena Marangakis
Director: Mario Ruggeri

 

“Vassilissa” (the sacrifice) is a narrative performance accompanied at the accordion by Balcanian musics. The origin’s area of this story is the European East. “Vassilissa” (The Sacrifice) is the story of a little girl who goes in search of fire and, as a metaphor of the feminine intuition, is also the story of the pursuit of maturity or the abandon of the childhood.

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