In­ter­na­tional Per­for­mance Art Event at Val­letta Con­tem­po­rary

Blur­ring bound­aries be­tween art and per­for­mance, Verbi: mill-bieb ’il ġewwa is an in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary show de­vised by eight multi-na­tional artists.

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - LIFESTYLE & CULTURE -

Verbi: mill-bieb ’il ġewwa is an in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary per­for­mance art event by Barum­bara Col­lec­tive that will take place on 7, 8, 9 De­cem­ber 2018 at Val­letta Con­tem­po­rary, the cut­ting-edge con­tem­po­rary gallery re­cently opened on East Street, Val­letta.

Verbi, which was orig­i­nally con­ceived in Brus­sels in 2017 fol­low­ing a se­ries of per­for­mances dur­ing Rue de Flan­dre’s an­nual street mar­ket, is based on a nar­ra­tive from the col­lec­tion of short sto­ries “mill-bieb ’il ġewwa/take a look in­side (me)’’ by award-win­ning Mal­tese au­thor Lo­ranne Vella, who is known for the best-sell­ing tril­ogy ‘Il-Fid­dien’ co-writ­ten with Si­mon Bar­tolo.

Verbi is de­signed as a prom­e­nade per­for­ma­tive event re­sult­ing from the col­lab­o­ra­tion of eight Mal­tese and other Eu­ro­pean artists from dif­fer­ent ar­tis- tic spheres – lit­er­a­ture, drama, dance, in­stal­la­tion art, pho­tog­ra­phy, film, light de­sign, mu­sic and sound de­sign – whose work will con­verge in Val­letta Con­tem­po­rary’s art space. The eight artists form­ing part of Barum­bara Col­lec­tive are Lo­ranne Vella, writer, performer, artis­tic direc­tor and co­or­di­na­tor for Verbi; performer Sephora Gauci; Kamini Daems, video artist, pho­tog­ra­pher and mu­si­cian; sound de­signer Dan­jeli Schem­bri; performer Francesca Sa­raullo; Aurore Mo­ril­lon, video artist, pho­tog­ra­pher and performer; pho­tog­ra­pher Zvez­dan Reljić and light de­signer Eleanor Bryce.

As a point of de­par­ture, each of the col­lab­o­rat­ing artists re­ferred to ex­ist­ing ma­te­rial from their artis­tic reper­toire, be it lit­er­a­ture, sound, film, dance, pho­tog­ra­phy, light or theatre, which in one way or an­other linked to the themes of the sto­ries. This led to the cre­ation of new ma­te­rial. Con­cep­tu­ally, Verbi starts from the verb and moves on to ex­am­ine the em­bod­i­ment and ex­pres­sion of this verb by the hu­man body in re­la­tion to the space around it and to oth­ers, via the in­ter­ac­tion of the dif­fer­ent art forms.

But is this art or theatre? Artis­tic Direc­tor Lo­ranne Vella’s an­swer to the ques­tion is that the dif­fer­ent art forms will be merged: “In terms of nar­ra­tive/con­tent, au­di­ences will feel like they’re step­ping through some­one’s front door to have a peak into their per­sonal/se­cret life – hence, they can never know be­fore­hand what to ex­pect. Verbi will be a jour­ney into the char­ac­ters’ in­ner life.”

In De­cem­ber Barum­bara Col­lec­tive will be or­gan­is­ing work­shops with stu­dents from the Dig­i­tal Arts Pro­gramme and the Theatre Stud­ies Pro­gramme at the Univer­sity of Malta to share the creative and col­lab­o­ra­tive pro­cesses lead­ing to­ward the cre­ation of new con­tent to be in­cluded in the fi­nal per­for­mance. Verbi is pro­duced by Cul­ture Ven­ture, and sup­ported by Malta Arts Fund - Project Sup­port Grant by Arts Coun­cil Malta. En­trance tick­ets at €15 will be avail­able at the door or from https://shop.track­­gewwa. For more info visit in­sta­­bara­col­lec­tive and face­­bara.

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