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Heiligenstadt...Another World Inside
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Heiligenstadt...Another World Inside

“Ah, it seemed to me impossible to leave the world until I had brought forth all that I felt was within me.” Heiligenstadt Testament, Ludwig van Beethoven, October 6, 1802: one of the most heartbreakingly poignant and personal, penned by a composer. Taking this as our fundamental inspiration and trying to get deep into the mind of a composer who is losing the one sense that should be more perfect than any others – his hearing – this interdisciplinary project reflects the essence of “isolation”, through sound, light, movement, internal emotion and word. What do we experience when we read this – perhaps even more particularly now, when we are all in “isolation”? Coinciding with the 250th anniversary of the composer, we have explored different interpretations of isolation or solitude: Alone but not lonely; Alone within one’s thoughts; Alone and isolated; Alone and in despair; Cocooned within oneself; Alone in a crowd; Blank face; Deceived by hope; Another world inside; A journey to find oneself; Discovery? What does it evoke to you? Dr. Michelle Castelletti, Artistic Director, THE THREE PALACES FESTIVAL Credits: Produced for the Three Palaces Festival Concept & Orchestral Score: Michelle Castelletti Music Composition, Production & Sound Design: Renzo Spiteri Choreography, Dramaturgy, Light Design and Costume Design: Francesca Tranter Dancer: Zoe Camilleri Voice: Antony Edridge Film Direction and Imagery: Emma Tranter Film: Jean Paul Caruana Inspiration: Ludwig van Beethoven and his Heiligenstadt Testament Artistic Director: Michelle Castelletti Special thanks to the Valletta Cultural Agency © 2020 Festivals Malta. All rights reserved. Text: For my brothers Carl and [Johann] Beethoven Oh you men who think or say that I am malevolent, stubborn, or misanthropic, how greatly do you wrong me. You do not know the secret cause which makes me seem that way to you. From childhood on, my heart and soul have been full of the tender feeling of goodwill, and I was even inclined to accomplish great things. But, think that for six years now I have been hopelessly afflicted, made worse by senseless physicians, from year to year deceived with hopes of improvement, finally compelled to face the prospect of a lasting malady (whose cure will take years or, perhaps, be impossible). Though born with a fiery, active temperament, even susceptible to the diversions of society, I was soon compelled to isolate myself, to live life alone. If at times I tried to forget all this, oh how harshly was I flung back by the doubly sad experience of my bad hearing. Yet it was impossible for me to say to people, "Speak louder, shout, for I am deaf." Ah, how could I possibly admit an infirmity in the one sense which ought to be more perfect in me than others, a sense which I once possessed in the highest perfection, a perfection such as few in my profession enjoy or ever have enjoyed. […] [Full text: http://www.lvbeethoven.com/Bio/BiographyHeiligenstadtTestament.html] - Ludwig van Beethoven Heiglnstadt, October 6th, 1802 Concept: Michelle Castelletti [2020]: The overarching inspiration was the Heiligenstadt Testament with several quotes pulled from it. Lots of scribbling of notes together was involved just to have a discussion with myself, at first - if that makes any sense – both musically and textually. The fundamental idea: to come up with a fusion of two different soundworlds, underpinned – perhaps presumptuously – by the interpretation (or ‘capture’) of the turbulence inside Beethoven’s mind, his isolation within himself, and ghosts and flashes of his later works, to create a narrative through choreography, with added layers of filmography, overdubbed voice, ‘interference’, and contrast, including the powerful contrasts of crowd/alone, noise/white noise, ‘distance’/silence. It was one of those incredibly exciting creative processes that will remain etched in my head for a long time, as it was an absolute joy to work with marvelous artist friends to create this. I think they are phenomenal - and the project would not be what it became without all of its constituent parts. MUSIC I. Within Without [Renzo Spiteri] II. You Wrong Me [Renzo Spiteri; Voice: Antony Edridge] III. All in my head [Michelle Castelletti & Renzo Spiteri] IV. A Dark Sense [Renzo Spiteri]
Out of the Cage
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Out of the Cage

Ruben and Dawn are two of the foremost exponents of contemporary music in Malta, with determined drive, creativity, and openness for interdisciplinarity and innovative thinking, which makes conversations incredibly stimulating, and results, terrific. We have come up with a programme that will explore a whole gamut of soundworlds and textures, interlaced with evocative imagery and movement. And how more enchanting could the possibly nostalgic, but magical sounds of a toy piano be? - Dr. Michelle Castelletti, Artistic Director, Three Palaces Festival – Credits: WATCH CHIMES by Ennio Morricone Pianist – Tricia Dawn Williams; Video production – Ruben Zahra POUNDING by Ruben Zahra Pianist – Tricia Dawn Williams; Video production – Ruben Zahra; Model – Emma Hickey; Makeup – Jackie Grima; Audio recording and mixing - Manolito Galea (LITO’s Place) SUITE FOR TOY PIANO by John Cage Pianist – Tricia Dawn Williams; Video production – Ruben Zahra WORMS CRAWL IN by Ruben Zahra Pianist – Tricia Dawn Williams; Video production – Ruben Zahra PARADE by Erik Satie Pianist – Tricia Dawn Williams; Video production – Ruben Zahra; Choreography & Dancers – Diane Portelli & Dorian Mallia (Moveo Dance Company); Costume design – Ritienne Zammit; Projection Dance Sequence – MAKA Visuals; Stop-motion animation – Christ Scicluna; Lights – Christopher Gatt TIERKREIS by Karlheinz Stockhausen (selection) Pianist – Tricia Dawn Williams; Video production – Ruben Zahra ALLELUIA by Ruben Zahra Pianist – Tricia Dawn Williams; Video production – Ruben Zahra; Filming – Sam Chetcuti (Cyberspace AV); Recording Engineer – Luke Grech (Cornerhouse Studios); Mixing Engineer – Matthew James Borg Artistic Director: Michelle Castelletti Special thanks to the Valletta Cultural Agency, the Malta Society of Arts and Arts Council Malta © 2020 Festivals Malta. All rights reserved.