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Nassaba: Song of a Bird



OCT 2018, Amsterdam, MALTA


60 min (in Maltese with English titles)


In Nassaba: Song of A Bird, Jimmy Grima follows his father with a camera to the fields on the Maltese rocky coasts, where he until recently went to catch migratory birds. In a one-hour performance in which he uses the video material, Jimmy documents the emotional world and the art of the Maltese bird catchers, some of whom have learned to imitate the melodies of the migratory birds.


Song of a Bird, is a portrait of a disappearing practice that always gets negative in the news because of its impact on the bird population, but of which we also get to see another dimension here; bird catching is also a way of being in nature and a game in which parent and child forge a generational bond from generation to generation.


Concept and performance

 Jimmy Grima

Artistic advice and dramaturgy

Joachim Robbrecht


Jimmy Grima

Michael Grima

Joachim Robbrecht


Michael Grima

Louis Camilleri


Michael Grima

Jimmy Grima

Conversation partner

Mark Anthony Falzon


Stephanie Bonnici



Teatru Malta


Past Performances

12 Oct 2018 - Floriana MT, Scouts Headquarters

13 Oct 2018 - Mellieħa MT, La Vittoria Band Club

Oct 14, 2018 - Xagħra Gozo MT, Cirklu taż-Żgħażagħ

Oct. 16, 2018 - Mqabba MT, Soċjetà Santa Marija u Banda Re Ġorġ V

17 Oct 2018 - Senglea MT, Senglea Homing Club

Oct 18, 2018 - Buskett MT, Palazzo Verdala


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