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.
“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
Director Jimmy Grima Co-Director Rebecca Camilleri Performers Chris Galea Mavin Khoo Jacob Piccinino Ninette Micallef Sound Designer & Composer Mario Sammut Visual Artist Matthew Pandolfino Writings Simon Sultana Harkins Collaboratively produced with mavinkhoo dance Commission of The Ministry of Education; Employment and the Family Performed at 74, Splendid, Strait Street, Valletta on the 13th November 2011 for 4 hours.