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the rubberbodies collective 2009-2017


ideology

everything is valid your life experience is the most powerful tool you have to be technical is to be refined daring is vital rules are there to follow and to follow very strictly, but sometimes you need to break them waiting is the master of creation, wait until ready to give back do not do not, just do to create is to avenge and/or honour some of your life experience to explain is not important but it is useful to understand yourself better to share everything you have is to be a master of creation

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WHO ARE WE

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PEOPLE

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PERFORMANCE

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INSTALLATIONS

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CINEMATOGRAPHY

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PUBLICATIONS

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COMMUNITY

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who are we…

The rubberbodies collective (rbc) is an established performing-arts collective based on the island of Malta. The collective places emphasis on innovative artistic productivity and the development of a supportive international artistic community. rbc aims to inspire future and contemporary generations to see what is possible through art and collaboration.

We believe that through art and good international relations, one can explore new technologies, ideas from all generations, beliefs from all walks of life, and ultimately one can bring people together. Since its inception, rbc routinely instigated new collaborations with other established and emerging artists. The rbc’s artists utilise knowledge, curiosity and skills, with the intention of sharing cultural ideas and inspiring others to think about their current context. The investigative nature of the collective’s constituent members, plus the wide range of individual interests and areas of expertise, result in a variety of experimental and novel productions. The collective’s repertoire consists of theatre productions, site-specific performances, concerts, plastic arts exhibitions, publications, films , installation works and community lead projects. Where possible, the rbc promotes new experiences and creates opportunities, supporting local and international art scenes, through collaboration and contribution.

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Artistic Director

karl xuereb script writer

philip zammit cellist

project manager

vedrana lepica script writer

ana topalovic cellist

founding members

nicola rayworth dance artist

rahia awalom cellist

jimmy grima www.jimmygrima.com

kevin attard actor

roberta attard violinist

rebecca camilleri www.rebeccacamilleri.com

manuel cauchi actor

lucie kucharova cellist

ira melkonyan www.bioartira.com

noel d’amato magician

andre borges sound artist

matthew pandolfino www.matthewpandolfino.com

sean decelis performer

mario sammut www.cygnamusic.com

monika martinez performer

vincent villuis sound design www.ultimae.com

anthony aksew conceptual artist http://askewportfolio. wordpress.com

wendy moira writer/performer

jimmy grima

nicole blackman

assosciate artists martina buhagiar theater maker

jacob piccinino performer

aidan corlett props mathhew micallef sculptor augustin le gall www.algopix.com

ruth borg performer

mavin khoo dancer www.mavinkhoodance.co.uk

kataryna pejovic dramaturg

ninette micallef actress

gilbert calleja www.gilbertcalleja.com

lou cope dramaturg www.loucope.com

maria pia meli performer

mark dingli director of photography www.sekwenza.com

simon sultana harkins writer emma mattei editor

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chris galea actor

geneva corlett costume designer

athanasia kanellopoulou dancer ellen pillow dancer

darrin zammit lupi www.darrinzammitlupi.com

stanley agius camera operator


research and development liam gauci curator - malta maritime musuem

dr. daphne attard lecturer metamaterials unit faculty of science

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manwel magro conti senior curator - malta maritime musuem romina delia museologist timmy gambin maritime archeologist iona muscat curator, prehistoric sites heritage malta maria elena zammit curator, prehistoric sites heritage malta katya stroud senior curator, prehistoric sites - heritage malta

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sandro debono senior curator, museum of fine arts

method of devising

caldon mercieca visiting lecturer theatre studies department univestity of malta

ideas without

joanne mallia curator, prehistoric sites heritage malta dr. arndt kremer lecturer- german faculty of arts university of malta

and interlinking setting restrictions that determine what to do and how to do it.

dr. michael zammit senior lecturer philosophy ¡ faculty of arts

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November 2012 Mrs. Stork and the Mysterious Egg, a Ziguzajg, Children’s Arts Festival acommisio

July 2012 Old Salt, a MaltaA E S Arts Festival commission

O R A C L E

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March 2012 a sound COracle, YGNA art project in the prehistoric Ħaġar Qim Temples

A 90 MINUTE SILENT-ELECTRONIC-MUSIC CONCERT

March 2012 Penelope: Dust in our awakened dreams, a performance in collaboration with dance artist Athanasia Kanellopoulou

P E N E L O P E DUST IN OUR AWAKENED DREA

2 3 4 9 10 11 MARCH 2012 8 PM MITP THEATRE, VALLET

Tickets from all Heritage Malta sites or online www.rubber-bodies.com For more information call (+356) 9960 2888 email info@rubber-bodies.com

DANA &

GREEK CONTEMPORARY PERFORMER & CHOREOGRAPHER ATHANASIA KANELLOPOULOU HAS BEEN COLLABORATING WITH THE LOCAL MULTI-DISCIPLINARY A RUBBERBODIES COLLECTIVE SINCE LAST YEAR. RUBBERBODIES HAVE TO THEIR NAME A REPERTOIRE OF INNOVATIVE PERFORMANCES WHICH EXPLORE THE IS HERITAGE. IN CREATING ENGAGING AND OFTEN SURREAL EXPERIENCES, RUBBERBODIES MERGE DIFFERENT ART FORMS SUCH AS DANCE, FILM, SCULPTURE, THEATR KNOWLEDGE OF WHICH IS NOW CULMINATING TOWARDS WHAT IS GOING TO BE MARCH 2012’S PREMIERE OF A REVOLUTIONARY DANCE CREAT

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TICKETS ST.JAMES CAVALIER, VALLETTA OR ONLINE www.sjcav.org OR CONTACT 21223 3216

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September 2011 Ma Rriddx Immur, a Maltese drama in two acts.

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Septmeber 2013 premier of Grandma, Temi and the Crimean Fever at the Ministry of Health; a sitespecifc tour

July 2014 premier of The Pill a solo act by Ira Melkonyan

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Novemberv 2013 premier of HalMitfa’ in various sites in Valletta, site-specific and street theatre for children

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A VISUAL DANCE THEATRE CREATION

THE RUBBERBODIES COLLECTIVE

LORE OF THE SEA 09-10-11 SEP 2011 8PM

MALTA MARITIME MUSEUM. VITTORIOSA

September 2011 Lore of the Sea, project merging history and art through a tour and performance in the Malta Maritime Museum FOR MORE INFORMATION: 79997403 | 79256714 | info@rubber-bodies.com TICKETS FROM ALL HERITAGE MALTA SITES & MUSEUMS €12/€10 EUROS (HERITAGE MALTA MEMbERS)

July 2011 premier of White Sea at St. James Cavalier; a fifty-minute visual-theatre performance

November 2010 premier of 100 : AVE | EVA | SUMMER | WINTER at Dock 1; a fifty-minute visual theatre performance

September 2009 premier of Grace U Rofflu at MITP theatre; a fiftyminute visual dance performance - photo by ALgO -

GRACE U ROFFLU 18 &19.09.2009.8PM MITP THEATRE VALLETTA

RUbbERbOdiEs@GMAiL.COM

JIMMy GRIMA REbECCA CAMILLERI MAtthEW pANDoLFINo phILIp ZAMMIt ChRIS GAtt

This performance is about a relationship between two characters, Grace and Rofflu. It takes the audience through hidden feelings which the woman stores and the aggression the male expresses. rubberbodies intention is not to stigmatise the male figure but to highlight and uncover realities of domestic violence. Through a labyrinth of magical and dark-tinted scenes, the two performers will be accompanied by a cello and guitar a dome-shaped skirt, a rusty wheeled bath and a super top hat.. How do Grace and Rofflu relate to these objects and what happens when they disappear and confront the reality of their raw relationship?

19/20/21/27/28 NOV 2010 DOCK ONE - GRAND HARBOUR - MALTA

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Ma Rridx Immur Co production Teatru Manuel Duration 60 minutes For age 16+ The Manoel Theatre and the Rubberbodies Collective, with the support of Arts Council Malta, present the Francis Ebejer Award Winning script Ma Rridx Immu by Leanne Ellul. Featuring Ruth Borg, Ryan Cutajar, Marta Vella and Josette Ciappara. Directed by Jimmy Grima. Casey, at twenty years of age, is suffering from a terminal illness. But death is not an issue compared with her everyday problems. Through intimate dialogues filled with tension and unrest, we unravel Casey’s relationship with those closest to her - Samantha, her best friend; Alfio, her boyfriend; and Mary, his grandmother. And Casey’s father too, the childhood nightmare that resurfaces. The past, savage and cruel, seems to haunt her to this day.Ma Rridx Immur explores life, love, anger, and death. The future? A distorted dream.

Written Leanne Ellul Actors Ruth Borg Ryan Cutajar Marta Vella Josette Ciappara. Artistic Direction Jimmy Grima Assistant Director Martina Buhagiar

Set Construction Mario Bartoli Marcio Bartolo Christian Azzoppardi Matthew Pandolfino Light Design Jimmy Grima Hair and Make Up Jackie Grima

Composer and Sound Designer Mario Sammut

Crew Matthew Micallef Sean Decelis Jonathan Pandolfino Nikola Eror Goran Babic Steve Theuma Luca Borg

Supported By Malta Arts Council

Production Coordintor Ira Melkonyan

Art Director/Stage Manager Props and Costumes Matthew Pandolfino

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THE PILL Commission of Science in the city Festival Duration 30 minutes (15 pax per performance) For age All ages

The pill explores ailment and discomfort .The role of modern medicine And the universal search for the restorative properties of an all-curing panacea. In the quest for an instant and everlasting elixir for well-being. A solo act by Ira Melkonyan, who wrote, researched and performs The Pill, as it unfolds into a personal journey of pharma-fantasy.

Researched, Written And Performed Ira Melkonyan Dramaturg Katarina Pejovic Creative Writer Laszlo Upor Art Director Sandra Banthorpe Stage Manager Matthew Micallef

Production Coordinator Bojana Dimitrovska Funded By Malta Arts Fund Supported By The School Of Performing Arts & The Theatre Studies Department Of The University Of Malta Science In The City Festival

Director Jimmy Grima Lights & Sound Transient Lights Light Design Jimmy Grima Graphic Design Tinyislandstudio 9


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GRANDMA, TEMI & THE CRIMEAN FEVER Commission of Science in the city Festival Duration 30 minutes (15 pax per performance) For age All ages In this newest performance by the rubberbodies collective, scientist and performance artist Ira Melkonyan weaves together a story of personal family history, scientific research, and pharmaceutical treatment in psychology, spanning a period of 100 years. The subjects of animal testing and infectious disease become intertwined with human stories of personal struggle and values, and disappointment.In a participatory performance, Melkonyan tells the story as she leads her audience on a walking journey within the labyrinthine Palazzo Castellania, headquarters to Malta’s Ministry of Health. The journey culminates in a tiny, unattended room that holds the knowledge of many decades of medical research in Malta. It was in this laboratory in 1905 that physician and archaeologist Sir Themistocles Zammit discovered the Mediterranean strain of Brucellosis, also known as Bang’s disease, Crimean fever, Gibraltar fever, Maltese fever, Mediterranean fever, rock fever, or undulant fever.

Artistic Director Jimmy Grima Performers Ira Melkonyan Dramaturg Katarine Pejovic

Writing Ira Melkonyan Katarina Pejovic Commission of Science in the City Festival

Puppets, Props and Costumes Aiden Corlett

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ĦAL-MITFA Commission of Ziguajg Children’s Arts Festival Duration 30 minutes For age All ages

When Maria’s father vanishes without a trace, she is thrust unwittingly into a magical world unlike any other in her quest to find him. Guided by a craven rooster bard, Maria faces a succession of deadly perils, while also avoiding the evil clutches of the vile snake lady, who desires Maria’s body as a new host for her soul. Her adventure takes an eerie turn when she learns that the snake lady’s current host is her own mother, who was long thought to be dead. As Maria’s rescue mission becomes a fight for her own survival, she uncovers a secret conspiracy that has plagued the women in her family for years. Maria must now overcome past grievances with her father, and rise to the task at hand, to rescue her family from the magical realm.Join our teenage heroine Maria on her quest throughout the seven day festival. Meet the giant rooster-bard puppet, who once ruled the magical realm of Mitfa, and his folk band. Accompany Maria to hidden corners of the city as the story unfolds each day. Details of the event will be revealed online daily.

Artistic Director Jimmy Grima

Lyrics Leanne Ellul

Performers Steve Delli Tia Reljic Mario Vella (Brikkuni)

Commission of Ziguzajg Children Arts Festival

Live Music Kazin Ska

Project Coordinator Nicole Blackman

Puppets, Props and Costumes Matthew Pandolfino Writing Jimmy Grima Karl Xuereb Translation to Maltese Leanne Ellul 13


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Stork's Mrs. Mysterious Egg MRS. STORK & THE MYSTERIOUS EGG (2012) Commission of Ziguajg Children’s Arts Festival Duration 30 minutes For age 4-6 years The Rubberbodies Collective invites human beings to leave behind the world of grownups and come on an adventure to totally different world. A place of puzzling machines and curious puzzles. A place where Mrs Stork, a creator of curious machines, and her friends have embarked on a quest to solve another of her mysteries! Where did this egg come from and where is the missing piece to her latest machine?

Director Jimmy Grima

Commission of Ziguzajg Children Arts Festival

Performers Rebecca Camilleri Jimmy Grima Sound Designer & Composer Mario Sammut Puppets, Props and Costumes Matthew Pandolfino Animations and Projections Jimmy Grima

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OLD SALT (2012) Commission of Malta Arts Festival 2012 Grand Harbour Marina, Birgu 12-13-14 July 2012 Duration 50 minutes The performance, Old Salt, was first devised as an open air theatrical work. The performance looks at the historical significance of Malta’s Grand Harbour and presents multiple perspectives on how life and love was experienced by women partnered to corsairs and captains in the 18th and 19th centuries. Based on factual events and historical figures, Old Salt presents the lives of four women each burdened by a personal and potentially tragic love story. As they wait by the shores of the Grand Harbour their relationships are developed and secrets are shared. Events unfold to reveal a surreal and lonely universe wherein these four women discover both real and imaginary beasts that can emerge from the sea’s dark waters. The performance features rich multi-media content as tales are recounted through mime, poetry, and drama, and include masks, illustrations, giant moving beasts, and the sound of stringed music performed by a live international quartet from a sculpted shipwreck berthed on land. Director Jimmy Grima Performers Rebecca Camilleri Ira Melkonyan Ada Wendy Moira Maria Pia Meli Jimmy Grima Anthony Askew Sound Designer & Composer Mario Sammut Visual Artist and Costume Designer Matthew Pandolfino

Assistant Visual Artist and Costume Designer Matthew Micallef Musicians Ana Topalovic – Cello Rahia Awalom – Cello Roberta Attard – Violin Lucie Kucharova – Cello Visual Artist Anthony Askew

Dramaturg Lou Cope Supported by Grand Harbour Marina Austrian Embassy the Birgu Local Council St.James Cavalier Ministry for Gozo Gozo Centre for Art & Crafts

Research Liam Gauci Creative Writer Dr Arndt Kremer

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“Old Salt was one of the best performances at the Malta Arts Festival this year. It was as entertaining as its message was powerful and showcased exactly what the Arts Festival should be all about.� Sea of Expressive Art - The Times, Wednesday, July 25, 2012

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Oracle (2012) Ħaġar Qim Temples March 2012 Duration: 90 minutes

O R A C L E A 90 MINUTE SILENT-ELECTRONIC-MUSIC CONCERT

Tickets from all Heritage Malta sites or online www.rubber-bodi

For more information call (+356) 9960 2888 email info@rubber-bodie

AES DANA & CYGNA

Following the March 2012 equinox and marking the advent of spring, Oracle took place at the UNESCO world heritage site, the Hagar Qim temples, introducing cutting-edge technology that linked history to modern day. This exclusive event was the first of its kind on Malta, given the location and being a silent concert. The project was a collaboration between Lyon’s French sound designer and composer, Vincent Villuis, aka AES Dana, and Maltese sound designer and composer Mario Sammut, aka Cygna. For this live sound art performance the artists came together to shape their ideas and compositions in response to the prehistoric site. This was a rare opportunity not only for global music lovers but also for the Maltese community with their strong connection to this cultural site.

Sound Designers & Composers Mario Sammut Vincent Villuis Performers Katya Stroud Michael Zammit Ada Wendy Moira

Hosted by Heritage Malta Collaboratively Produced with Vincent Villuis Supported by Studio Seven Ultimae Records Farsons Direct

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PENELOPE: DUST IN OUR AWAKENED DREAMS (2012 MITP Theatre March 2012 Duration: 50 minutes

P E N E L O P E DUST IN OUR AWAKENED DREAMS

2 3 4 9 10 11 MARCH 2012 8 PM MITP THEATRE, VALLETTA

A solo piece and a self-portrait, Penelope: Dust in our awakened dreams is not just a dance but a poetic movement piece through which the body speaks. Penelope: Dust in our awakened dreams is a collaborative dance performance featuring Athansia Kanellopoulou with sound design by Mario Sammut, set design by Matthew Pandolfino, and directed by Jimmy Grima. In the Greek Odyssey, Penelope is a symbol of faith, waiting and longing, whilst she threads and unthreads a shroud. This performance is the story of a female figure exiting a world that lies between tragedy and fairytale. Kanellopoulou’s quivering body is initially hesitant to uncover those fragments of the past burrowed deep in the vault of memories. As she traces voices of the past, we are lead through the labyrinth of her mind, until she arrives at the locket which holds her burrowed memories. Physically contorted, she faces up to reality. This is a journey in dance w w w. r u b b e r- b o d i e s . co m through past and present, a pushing of restless memories forward into light.

GREEK CONTEMPORARY PERFORMER & CHOREOGRAPHER ATHANASIA KANELLOPOULOU HAS BEEN COLLABORATING WITH THE LOCAL MULTI-DISCIPLINARY ARTIST C RUBBERBODIES COLLECTIVE SINCE LAST YEAR. RUBBERBODIES HAVE TO THEIR NAME A REPERTOIRE OF INNOVATIVE PERFORMANCES WHICH EXPLORE THE ISLAND HERITAGE. IN CREATING ENGAGING AND OFTEN SURREAL EXPERIENCES, RUBBERBODIES MERGE DIFFERENT ART FORMS SUCH AS DANCE, FILM, SCULPTURE, THEATRE, AND KNOWLEDGE OF WHICH IS NOW CULMINATING TOWARDS WHAT IS GOING TO BE MARCH 2012’S PREMIERE OF A REVOLUTIONARY DANCE CREATION.

TICKETS ST.JAMES CAVALIER, VALLETTA OR ONLINE www.sjcav.org OR CONTACT 21223 3216

Director Jimmy Grima Research Writer Rebecca Camilleri Performer Athanasia Kannellopoulou Sound Designer & Composer Mario Sammut

Collaboratively Produced with Athanasia Kannellopoulou Supported by St. James Cavalier KKU (Koperattiva Kulturali Universitarja) The Drama Unit

Visual Artist and Costume Designer Matthew Pandolfino

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“Holding an audience’s attention for so long with just one performer on stage is no easy feat. In body and mind, Kanellopoulou was completely engrossed in this performance, clearly displaying techniques that go beyond the conventional... Behind the apparent physicality of this Greek dancer lies the conceptual bravura of ‘The Rubberbodies Collective.” Probing the Mind, Twisting the Body - The Sunday Times, March 11, 2012 27


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LORE OF THE SEA (2011) Malta Maritime Museum 9-10-11 September 2011 Duration 120 minutes Duration: durational piece

LORE OF THE SEA 09-10-11 SEP 2011 8PM

MALTA MARITIME MUSEUM. VITTORIOSA

FOR MORE INFORMATION: 79997403 | 79256714 | info@rubber-bodies.com TICKETS FROM ALL HERITAGE MALTA SITES & MUSEUMS €12/€10 EUROS (HERITAGE MALTA MEMbERS)

Lore of the Sea is a stylized abstract theatre-cum-mime performance created in collaboration with Heritage Malta at the Maritime Museum. A project merging art, history, and site together to create novel new experiences with each. Lore of the Sea is a two part event, encompassing an exclusive tour and the dramatised performance itself, that is orientated around 5 artifacts from the Museum’s reserve collection. The performance takes the artifacts from the reserve collection and places them inside of its narratives. Narratives that have been devised and scripted from facts and recounts of stories salvaged by the curator of the Malta Maritime Museum.

Director Jimmy Grima Performers Ira Melkonyan Rebecca Camilleri Sound Designer & Composer Mario Sammut Visual Artist and Costume Designer Matthew Pandolfino

Research Liam Gauci Manwel Magro Conti

Collaboratively Produced with Malta Maritime Museum Hosted by Heritage Malta Supported by Studio Seven Malta Arts Fund

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“Completely textless but highly scripted, with the highly creative and effective lighting that was crucial to its success, the performance piece was a pleasure to watch because it hybridised several forms of artistic output in a very effective manner.� A Night at the Museum, The Times, Wednesday Septermber 14, 2011

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WHITE SEA (2011) St. James Cavalier Theatre, Valletta 1-2-3-8-9-10 July 2010 Duration: 50 minutes

One male and two female protagonists lead on the audience through this non-verbal visual theatre performance. Expressed through mime and abstract performance styles, with stylised props and lighting, White Sea explores the various male/female relations between an often absent Sea Captain and those women left in his wake. White Sea focuses on those stories of the women who role as, and develop through, multiple female characters, from daughters to admirers to lovers. As Malta’s industries depend on its harbours there are a large number of women today, as in the past, who experience distant relationships with their fathers, lovers, or husbands. This vocation often creates male figures that are iconic rather than tangible. Consequently the female characters develop in his absence and his appearance therefore assumes a significance not unlike a checkpoint. The Captain comes to mark incremental developments in the women’s characters. And though he is calm and stable, it is because of him that they are thrown into a spiralling journey of petty conflicts, fantasy, and endless pursuit. White Sea showcased at St. James Cavalier: The Centre for Art and Creativity, in Malta, in 2010.

Director Jimmy Grima Performers Rebecca Camilleri Ira Melkonyan

Research Liam Gauci Romina Delia Timmy Gambin

Sound Designer & Composer Mario Sammut Visual Artist and Costume Designer Matthew Pandolfino

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“I find this show outstanding because as collaborative art it is excellent. The ever changing lighting, music composition and execution, timing of animated props and the versatility of the costumes were so harmonious that their fantasy world was readily believable.� Narcy Calamatta, theatre director, actor and playwright

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100 : AVE | EVA | SUMMER | WINTER (2010)

THE RUBBERBODIES COLLECTIVE

27 November 2010 Duration: 50 minutes

Using the seasons of Summer and Winter as chapters, 100: Ave|Eva|Summer|Winter is a dark and surreal non-verbal visual theatre performance exploring the subjects of love and gender. The cast of five performers are presented with an array of highly stylized costumes and props. 100: Ave|Eva|Summer|Winter showcased at Dock One, in Malta, a reclaimed derelict dockside building that was originally built in 1848 by the British Forces and it was the largest dock available to the Royal Navy. The dock and the surrounding area at the time of the performance was underdevelopment as a part of a general trend towards the rehabilitation of harbour areas. 19/20/21/27/28 NOV 2010 DOCK ONE - GRAND HARBOUR - MALTA

Director Jimmy Grima Performers Rebecca Camilleri Ira Melkonyan Anika Martinez Ada Wendy Moira Sean Decelis

Host Grand Harbour Regeneration Consortium Funded by Malta Arts Fund

Sound Designer & Composer Mario Sammut Visual Artist and Costume Designer Matthew Pandolfino

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“You walk into a world that’s a million miles from common theatrical stereotypes, and find yourself in a state of semidarkness that’s immediately evocative of something quite spectacularly out of the norm.” A Striking Collaboration, The Sunday Times, November 28, 2010

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A VISUAL DANCE THEATRE CREATION

GRACE | ROFFLU (2009) MITP theatre, Valletta 18-19th September 2009 Duration: 50 minutes

- photo by ALgO -

GRACE U ROFFLU 18 &19.09.2009.8PM MITP THEATRE VALLETTA

RUbbERbOdiEs@GMAiL.COM

JIMMy GRIMA REbECCA CAMILLERI MAtthEW pANDoLFINo phILIp ZAMMIt ChRIS GAtt

This performance is about a relationship between two characters, Grace and Rofflu. It takes the audience through hidden feelings which the woman stores and the aggression the male expresses. rubberbodies intention is not to stigmatise the male figure but to highlight and uncover realities of domestic violence. Through a labyrinth of magical and dark-tinted scenes, the two performers will be accompanied by a cello and guitar a dome-shaped skirt, a rusty wheeled bath and a super top hat.. How do Grace and Rofflu relate to these objects and what happens when they disappear and confront the reality of their raw relationship?

The performance, Grace and Rofflu, supposes a seemingly typical relationship between two Mediterraneans that flies from the epitome of love to the nightmare of domestic abuse. The two characters perform poetic sequences of movements, merging dance techniques with physical theatre. In contrast with the serious message of the work is the facade of the set and props suggesting that serious matters can be masked by whimsical appearances; a flying dome-shaped skirt, a traveling rusty wheeled-bath, a lengthened-top hat, three servings of melon and a plastic flower. The audience are privileged voyeurs witnessing one woman’s delicate individual feelings clash against one male’s aggressive expression.

Director Jimmy Grima Performers Rebecca Camilleri Jimmy Grima

Funded by Malta Council for Culture and the Arts

Visual Artist and Costume Designer Matthew Pandolfino Musician Philip Zammit (Guitar/Cello) Light Design Chris Gatt

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“Grace u Rofflu was really one of those rare performances which cannot be expressed or properly described in words, because no amount of black on white can do justice to such a poetic piece of choreography. They truly managed to create magic by portraying the everyday and the mundane aspects of life.� Performance Art, The Times Weekender, Saturday 26th September 2009

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We opened a new door and allowed it to take us in a different reality. It is about the space, the temperature, the people, the structure and the mood.

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June 2017 upstairs geology an installation performance exploring liquids and angels

September 2012 -hex: inverting geometry, a digital performance installation as part of the Science in the City Festival

November 2011 DUNKARM, a performance installation marking the 50th anniversary of Dun Karm, in Splendid House, Valletta

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55 ART&WINE AT SOUTH STREET WEDNESDAY 23.02.2011 7PM

AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS - VALLETTA FEATURING JIMMY GRIMA WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF TONY CASSAR DARIEN

RHYTHMII VITAE 6.7

A LIVE INSTALLATION BY JIMMY GRIMA OF 6.7 MINUTES BUILT UPON FRAGMENTS OF ANTONIO SCIORTINO’S WORK RHYTHMII VITAE (C.1937)

November 2011 An installation for the inauguration of the Malta Design Week; Ratio explored the geometrical figures of the Golden Ratio.

September 2011 Commissioned by the Malta Maritime Museum, The Liquid Shark Tooth is a video installation based on sailor’s superstitions

February 2011 Rytmii Vitae, a performance installation at Malta’s National Museum of Fine Arts based on the context which inspired artist Antonio Sciortino.

February 2010 A Revisitation of Grace u Rofflu, an adaption of the performance ‘Grace u Rofflu’ for the launch of the Draft of the National Cultural Polic

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Upstairs Geology (2017) das theatre Asmterdam, The Netherlands June 2017 Duration: 20 mins

Created by Ira Melkonyan Jimmy Grima Performers Astrid Isameli Jimmy Grima X-Yn

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-hEx: inverting geometry (2012) Commission of Science in the City festival “How?” exhibition and the Science in the City festival September 2012 Duration: 10 mins (loop) -hEx: inverting geometry is an interactive video and performance installation exploring the aesthetics and properties of auxetic materials. The installation was presented in two arrangements either as a live interactive performance installation with performers or else as a video installation. The two performers presented a looping set of movements, drawing on the visual architectures found on a cellular level within auxetic materials. The performers in the physical space are translated to the virtual environment projected live in the space. The performer’s virtual body affects the virtual environment, deconstructing and reconstructing those linear geometrical forms found within it. The scientific processes of cellular manipulation to innovate new materials are hereby recreated in this interactive installation.

Performers Rebecca Camilleri Ira Melkonyan Sound Designer & Composer Andre Borges Digital and Visual Artist Anthony Askew Collaborators Daphne Attard Joseph Grima Commission of The Science in the City 2012 Festival

“Their motion was all about the mathematical beauty underlying all physical structures and exposed the hidden science behind the ordinary which we do not always associate with the complex.” Graceful Geometry - The Times, Wednesday 3, 2012

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DUNKARM (2011) Commision of The Ministry of Education; Employment and the Family 74, Splendid, Strait Street, Valletta 13th November 2011 Duration: durational piece

A performance installation to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Malta’s national poet Dun Karm Psaila. Taking place on the famous Strada Stretta, in Splendid house, Malta, performances were spread across several rooms and encompassed a wide range of Dun Karm’s poetry. Four performers presented their reflections as part of this installation. Dun Karm spent days of solitude in his home in Valletta from which emerged a series of patriotic sonnets with spiritual references. The installation revisits Malta’s heritage, re-envisioning the concept of gender, on Dun Karm Psaila’s behalf, from a time when religion and politics stringently shaped the dominant social culture.

Director Jimmy Grima Co-Director Rebecca Camilleri

Collaboratively Produced with mavinkhoo dance

Performers Chris Galea Mavin Khoo Jacob Piccinino Ninette Micallef Sound Designer & Composer Mario Sammut Visual Artist Matthew Pandolfino Creative Writer Simon Sultana Harkins 51


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“Visitors could walk through, stop, linger, and return at will. Though very diverse work was enacted in each room, one did not leave with a sense of cacophony or disorientation, but rather the opposite.� Canaries Fallen Silent - The Times, Wednesday 16, 2011

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The Liquid Shark Tooth (2011) Commission of The Malta Maritme Museum This video installation was based on sailors’ superstitions and was created as part of Birgufest, in the Malta Maritime Museum’s Anadrian Hall. The video recounts a story based on a superstition of Maltese sailors; A famous remedy to protect sailors from drowning was to crush and ingest a St Paul’s serpent tongue. It was believed that St Paul has fossilised the snake’s poison in these tongue shaped fossils. Duration: 3 min Performer Rebecca Camilleri Narrator Jimmy Grima Sound Designer & Composer Mario Sammut Visual Artist and Costume Designer Matthew Pandolfino Filming, Editing & Graphics Jimmy Grima Director Jimmy Grima 54

Collaborators Liam Gauci

A Revisitation of Grace u Rofflu’ (2011) Commission of The Office of the Prime Minister This abridged version of Grace u Rofflu was adapted for performance at the Draft of the National Cultural Policy launch event. The collective was invited to re-create the performance ‘Grace u Rofflu’ and adapt it in one of the exhibition halls at St. James Cavalier. The movement was re-explored, props transformed and the musical composition reordered for this event. Duration: 15 min Performers Jimmy Grima Rebecca Camilleri Sound Designer & Composer Mario Sammut Visual Artist and Costume Designer Matthew Pandolfino Director Jimmy Grima


ART&WINE AT SOUTH STREET WEDNESDAY 23.02.2011 7PM

AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS - VALLETTA FEATURING JIMMY GRIMA WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF TONY CASSAR DARIEN

UTES O’S WORK RHYTHMII VITAE (C.1937)

Rytmii Vitae (2011)

Ratio (2011)

Rytmii Vitae is a performance installation with four performers that is based on the work and social context of artist Antonio Sciortino. Whilst the artist was contemplating beauty, fascism was rising, with Mussolini marching into Messina in 1925 and Hitler giving radical speeches.

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Performers each have a stylized stereotype that they recreate. A lady in 30’s style dress speaking Russian, a man in 30’s style dress speaking German, a dancer dressed in man’s clothes echoing Marlene Dietriech and then an absurd out of context character dressed up in vibrant colours. All of whom performed from an elevated balloon to their audiences. The balloon contains pent up emotions, when the balloon bursts, war, destruction and fear break out. National Museum  of Fine Arts, Valletta Duration: 10 min Performers Rebecca Camilleri Dominic Dimech Ira Melkonyan Arndt Kremer Director Jimmy Grima

Malta Design Week For the inauguration of Malta Design week, the rubberbodies collective were invited to create and showcase an installation work. Using materials directly lifted from a workshop that the collective ran specifically for the Design Week event, the collective presented a video and movement installation which explored geometrical forms of the Golden Ratio. MITP Courtyard, Valletta Duration: 5 min Director Jimmy Grima Performer Rebecca Camilleri Sound Designer & Composer Mario Sammut Visual Artist and Costume Designer Matthew Pandolfino Filming, Editing & Graphics Jimmy Grima Director Jimmy Grima 55


She moves, we watch. The camera captures the turbulence she creates in the space. My eyes scan the space she marks. Flashback.

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Il-Pinnuri (4min: 2016) documentation video-art

L-Iblah (10min:digital, 2013) short film

EUR-908 (6.52 min: digital: 2011) site specific dance film

100 (46:39min: 2010) documentation performance film

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il-Pinnuri Year 2016 video duration: 4 minutes Created By Adrian Abela Matthew Pandolfino Martina Buhagiar Jimmy Grima

The team of artists behind the Windrose Project document their findings of home made weather vanes around the island of Malta during the Windrose Project (2014-2017)

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L-Iblah Year 2013 short film duration: 10 minutes The Fool Kevin Attard The Silent Blue Lady Madeleine Baldacchino The Guardian Dog Saida

Sound Editor Mario Sammut Costume Designer Geneva Corlett On Set Costumes Aidan Corlett Track 1 Vals Ta’ L-Imħabba C.Satariano - V.Ciappara Track 2 Imħabba Fuk Il-Baħar Giuseppe Cefai ©Filfa Records

Dog Trainer Carmen Sayago Nieto The Sisters Rebecca Camilleri Katryna Storace Stephanie Sant Kristen Buhagiar Elaine Saliba Sarah Farrugia

One fine day, a cyclist, the Fool, is jogging on a beach when a weary voice in the air attracts his attention. He spots a beautiful blind woman, the Silent Blue Lady accompanied by her guard dog, Saida. An instant attraction between the two slowly turns into an obsession after a weird encounter in an alley in which the girl lives. The cyclist goes as far as to create a special gift declaring his love to the girl. He sits by her door for hours, waiting for her to sing and longing to get inside the house. One day, as he is cycling by, he notices the guardian is outside in the alley. He stops, but the door opens and the dog goes on. The cyclist follows the dog inside the house... where his love becomes his peril.

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EUR:908 Year 2011 Genre contemporary dance narrative duration: 7 minutes Director Anthony Askew PerformerswRebecca Camilleri Ellen Pillow Visual Artist and Costume Designer Matthew Pandolfino DOP Anthony Askew Supported by Malta Arts Fund

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A short dance for camera film presenting a parody of the Maltese pastime of sitting inside vehicles at various locations around the island of Malta. Over the weekend, the coastlines and coastal car parks of Malta are populated by vehicles that are often hosting whole families, groups of friends, or couples. The car is the living environment and the landscape is only a spectacle. EUR-908 is a site specific dance video project created around the theme of self-entrapment. The film represents the car as a transparent and safe, but restrained and mundane, habitat that one chooses to adopt. The surrounding landscape is perceived visually and is considered to be out of their control, despite being isolated from it we want to be a part of this romantic and unpredictable natural world.


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100 Year 2011 Genre performance documentary duration: 50 minutes Performers Rebecca Camilleri Ira Melkonyan Sean Decelis Anika Martinez Ada Wendy Moira Sound Designer & Composer Mario Sammut Visual Artist and Costume Designer Matthew Pandolfino Cinematorgraphers Martin Bonnici Mark Dingli Director Jimmy Grima

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Together with cinematographers Martin Bonnici and Mark Dingli the collective created a documentation film of (100: AVE | EVA | WINTER | SUMMER). 100 was filmed at Dock One, in Malta, a reclaimed derelict dockside building that was originally built in 1848 by the British Forces and it was the largest dock available to the Royal Navy. The dock and the surrounding area at the time of the performance was underdevelopment as a part of a general trend towards the rehabilitation of harbour areas.


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echoes of the oracle: Writings on the Temples and the Sound (2012)

rubberbodies: a trajectory of an artist collective in Malta (2011)

This collection of texts looks largely at the history and significance of the Hagar Qim Temples and act to put the Oracle event into context. Contextualizing materials on the prehistoric site, such as contemporary observations, images of the site, selected literary texts and related research investigations, are placed side by side. The book also includes an interview with the two composers, Mario Sammut and Aes Dana, who performed in Oracle.

This publication presents the collective’s early methodologies, devising techniques and the notation used to create performances. Through the breakdown of the performance structure and analysis of how different disciplines interweave during the creation, the collective defines itself as an emerging face of Maltese contemporary art. This publication documents the trajectory of the collective between 2009 and 2011.

Edited and illustrated Rebecca Camilleri Contributors Joanne Mallia Iona Muscat Maria Elena Zammit Katya Stroud Dr Michael Zammit Simon Sultana Harkins ISBN 978-99957-0-217-5

The collective put together this book in the hope of giving an intimate understanding of their processes, as well as to document contemporary physical theatre in Malta. Editor Emma Mattei Authors Rebecca Camilleri Jimmy Grima Ira Melkonyan Matthew Pandolfino Photography Darrin Zammit Lupi Augistin Le Gall Gilbert Calleja Graphic Design tinyislandstudio.com ISBN 978-99957-0-053-9

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Woven threads Recounting the creative process of Penelope: Dust in our awakened dreams (2012) An intimate book recounting the conflict, desire, emotion, forgotten thoughts, secrets and transformations that took place between Athanasia Kanellopoulou and the rubberbodies collective during the creation of the solo performance Penelope: Dust in our awakened dreams. This publication analyses the collaborative process and the events that characterised it.

publications Il-Pinnuri (2017) A collection of transcripts from interviews conducted in four different communities on the island of Malta; Sliema, Marsxlokk, Mġarr and Għarb while sourcing materials related to the winds during the Windrose Project (2014-2017)

Preparations began early December 2011 for Penelope: Dust in our awakened dreams, though the most intense period, the real build-up, took place over the following three months in Malta. The books presents largely excerpts, the most revealing pieces of text coming from notes and Editor Anthony Askew Author Rebecca Camilleri Author (Maltese) Simon Sultana Harkins Illustrator Rebecca Camilleri Graphic Design tinyislandstudio.com

Author The Rubberbodies Collective Pages 20 Illustrator Martina Buhagiar Graphic Design tinyislandstudio.com ISBN 978-99957-0-943-3

ISBN 978-99957-0-210-6

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A 90 MINUTE SILENT-ELECTRONIC-MUSIC CONCERT Tickets from all Heritage Malta sites or online www.rubber-bodies.com For more information call (+356) 9960 2888 email info@rubber-bodies.com

AES DANA & CYGNA

The rubberbodies collective (rbc) is an established performing-arts collective based on the island of Malta. The collective places emphasis on innovative artistic productivity and the development of a supportive international artistic community. rbc aims to inspire future and contemporary generations to see what is possible through art and collaboration.

Our highlights are always people The Rubber Bodies Collective has implemented movement and arts community projects for a number of groups which have difficulty integrating in society, including drug abusers, children with fewer opportunities in Cottonera area. Their experience in the field of arts and utilising the arts to develop skills of the participants would not be otherwise available to the applicant. Given the difficulties faced by the students of the NLSC, such initiatives are much desired with the aim of assisting students achieve their full potential. A VISUAL DANCE THEATRE CREATION

The collective has also been actively working with micro communities, especially those which are isolated and rural. By bringing their micro cultures to the forefront and through artistic collaborate the communities are being empowered through arts and encounters. Through a method developed by the collective community members are invited to collaborate creativly with the collective in creating sculptures, video- arts, pubcliations, exhibitions and performance. MALTA MARITIME MUSEUM. VITTORIOSA

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FOR MORE INFORMATION: 79997403 | 79256714 | info@rubber-bodies.com TICKETS FROM ALL HERITAGE MALTA SITES & MUSEUMS â‚Ź12/â‚Ź10 EUROS (HERITAGE MALTA MEMbERS)

JIMMy GRIMA REbECCA CAMILLERI MAtthEW pANDoLFINo phILIp ZAMMIt ChRIS GAtt

This performance is about a relationship between two characters, Grace and Rofflu. It takes the audience through hidden feelings which the woman stores and the aggression the male expresses. rubberbodies intention is not to stigmatise the male figure but to highlight and uncover realities of domestic violence. Through a labyrinth of magical and dark-tinted scenes, the two performers will be accompanied by a cello and guitar a dome-shaped skirt, a rusty wheeled bath and a super top hat.. How do Grace and Rofflu relate to these objects and what happens when they disappear and confront the reality of their raw relationship?

19/20/21/27/28 NOV 2010 DOCK ONE - GRAND HARBOUR - MALTA

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THE WINDROSE PROJECT Duration 2014-2017

A multiple site, public art-installation project linking four geographical points around the islands of Malta and Gozo. These compass points become the focus for community activities, story gathering, workshops and creative events, acknowledging the historical, mythological and living presence of the winds and their importance in Mediterranean culture. Valletta 2018 is collaborating with the Rubberbodies Collective investigates wind-lore and its cultural influences in a combination of traditional arts and digital media. Il-Warda Tar-Riħ (The Windrose Project) instigates an exchange of cultural and artistic ideas, knowledge and skills in Għarb, Marsaxlokk, Mġarr (Malta) and Sliema. Artistic Director Jimmy Grima

Community Officer Martina Buhagiar

Collaborating Artists Katarina Pejovic Martina Buhagiar Adrian Abela Matthew Pandolfino

Photography Tumer Gensturk

Collaborating Locals Hector Barbara Lino Psaila Mario Vassallo Jesmond Muscat Leli Camilleri Gorg Muscat (ix-Xemx) Architect Advisor Adrian Mamo Project Manager Nicole Blackman

In collaboration with Sliema Local Council Mgarr Local Council Gharb Local Council Marsaxlokk Local Council Funded by Valetta 2018 Foundation

Project Outcomes Exhibitions Il-Pinnuri (2016) - St James Cavallier - 4 sculptures - 1 video art - transcripts Public Sculpture Installations Exiles Beach, Sliema (2016) Xatt is-Sajjieda, Marsaxlokk (2017) Fomm ir-Riħ, Mġarr (2017) San Dimitri, Għarb (2017) Publications Il-Pinnuri (2016) ISBN 978-99957-0-943-3


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“Projects such as this provide a deeper and richer understanding of Malta as a whole and raise awareness about nature and the importance of remembering our roots ” “Stories the wind tells”, Sunday Times , August 7, 2016

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THEATRE FICTION MACHINE Teatru Salesjan March 2017

The 1 hour interactive tour around the theatre brought 300 students to experience theatre from different angles. Through smaller groups the participants where introduced to a participatory game which lead them to explore poster design and then moved on to explore the hair and make, costume and props and set departments by physically travelling around the building and stepping into made up sets with fictional characters meeting and conversing with participants while introducing them to the basic concpet of design in each department. The participants then collectively experienced improvisation and basic acting exercises. Along the way students where aksed to draw and while the workshop was ongoing a collage of their drawings was secretly being colalged in the control room by a graphic artist. At the end of the workshop the collage comprosming of all their drawings was being projects on stage and paricipants had the opportunity to climb in the control room and understand how sound, light and special effects are triggered and mastered during performance.

Workshop Leader Jimmy Grima Workshop Assistants & Performers Ruth Borg Marielene Zammit Martina Buhagiar Gulia Camilleri in Collaboration Teatru Salesjan Sliema

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“I really enjoyed the outing to the theatre. I would recommend it to other schools because it explains the concept of a play in detail. In my group everyone was involved. I foung this outing very educational and I learnt quite a lot from it. In my opinion the activities were very fun and exciting� Participant- Primary School - Age 10

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THE NEW EDUCATORS: ART, DANCE AND IMAGINATION Ħaġar Qim Temples March 2012 Duration: 90 minutes

O R A C L E A 90 MINUTE SILENT-ELECTRONIC-MUSIC CONCERT

Tickets from all Heritage Malta sites or online www.rubber-bodi

For more information call (+356) 9960 2888 email info@rubber-bodie

AES DANA & CYGNA

The implementation of creative theatre and art workshops for students of 4 Learning Support Centres in Malta. During these workshops, held at the school’s premises, improvisation, devising and games will be the working methods adopted to achieve the desired goals. The aim is to apply creative methodologies to encourage the use of imagination and allow space for expression whilst developing interaction and communication skills, build relationships, social skills and selfexpression. The project ran for two consecutive years after the first year the collective was engaged to recreate the workshops for a second time.

Workshop Leader Jimmy Grima Rebecca Camilleri Workshop Assistants Ruth Borg Martina Bugagiar Matthew Pandolfino

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“To be a guest in this ancient place, where rituals were performed... it is an honour to be able to create this link between our roots and the present day.� Vincent Villuis, Sound Designer and Composer

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