DAQSXEJN TA’ REQUIEM LIL LELI (A MODEST REQUIEM TO LELI)

Daqsxejn ta’ Requiem lil Leli (A Modest Requiem to Leli) is written by Immanuel Mifsud, with musical adaption by Kris Spiteri. The work was written when the author was invited to present his work on the theme of death for All Souls Day in 2016. The work was read for the first time by actor Paul Portelli in November 2016 during an activity at the Inquisitor’s Palace in Birgu. Later, Immanuel Mifsud invited composer Kris Spiteri to introduce music to the work and this is what you are going to see and hear. Eventually the Mifsud-Spiteri tandem invited Teatru Anon and Vince Briffa to turn it into a theatrical and visual work.

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DAQSXEJN TA’ REQUIEM LIL LELI huwa xogħol miktub minn Immanuel Mifsud b’addattament mużikali ta’ Kris Spiteri. Ix-xogħol inkiteb fuq stedina li saret lill-awtur biex għall-għid tal-imwiet 2016 jippreżenta xogħol fuq it-tema tal-mewt. Dan ix-xogħol inqara għall-ewwel darba mill-attur Paul Portelli f’Novembru 2016 waqt attività għall-għid tal-imwiet li kienet saret fil-Palazz tal-Inkwiżitur, il-Birgu. Aktar tard, Immanuel Mifsud stieden lill-kompożitur Kris Spiteri biex jittraduċi x-xogħol f’mużika u dan huwa dak li se taraw u tisimgħu. Eventwalment it-tandem Mifsud-Spiteri stieden lil Teatru Anon u lil Vince Briffa biex ix-xogħol isir ukoll teatrali u viżiv.


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Film screening with live orchestra

Beneath the sewers of the Paris Opera House dwells a masked figure. He is the Phantom, a hideously disfigured composer whose dream it to turn chorus singer Christine into a diva. Lon Chaney, the “Man of a Thousand Faces”, dominates this classic adaptation of the 1910 novel by Gaston Leroux. His ghastly make-up and outrageous performance made this one of the great classics of American silent film. The film will be screened, silently, to the live music of Minima, a Bristol-based four-piece group, with instrumentation including cello, double bass, baritone guitar, acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, autoharp, dulcimer, synthesizer, glockenspiel and drum kit. Formed in 2006, Minima perform in cinemas and art centres, as well as music and film festivals, playing original live soundtracks to silent films.

Musicians: Minima band


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ARIA BY NO GRAVITY

The Italian Baroque is a renowned period that offers extraordinary images which NoGravity Dance Company, directed by Emiliano Pellisari, embrace and enhance. Aria is a crossover show in which different genres are combined; one where dance, music and song live together.

There is no orchestra pit, and the dancers play a central role in the performance. The musicians also perform in the show, together with the dancers and the singers. Together they produce a powerful image, bringing together elegant costumes, choreographic fantasy, poetic music and beautiful singing.


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Dancers defy gravity and extraordinary images appear from the darkness in a non-stop parade of effects. Enter a world where the real and the virtual are mixed in a kaleidoscope of amazing pictures taken from Dante’s most famous Canto, with a Hell as paradoxical as Escher, as absurd as Magritte, and as cruel as Caravaggio. This is show where the design of light, music and special effects are combined with dance, athletic circus and pantomime. Ethnic and world music create an otherworldly atmosphere where the energy and the space are interspersed with calm and poetic moments of meditation. Hell is a theatrical space in which the physics of reality is cancelled and everything appears as in a daydream.

Sandro Cappelletto