October – 2018

In Nassaba: Song of A Bird, Jimmy Grima follows his father with a camera to the fields on the Maltese rocky coasts, where until recently he went to catch migratory birds. In a one-hour performance Jimmy uses the video material, and 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 light 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.

60 min (in Maltese with English titles)

Jimmy Grima
Joachim Robbrecht
Jimmy Grima, Michael Grima, Joachim Robbrecht
Michael Grima, Louis Camilleri
Michael Grima, Jimmy Grima
Conversation Partner
Mark Anthony Falzon
Production Manager
Stephanie Bonnici
Stage Manager & Set Construction
Matthew Micallef
Production Design
tiny island studio
Props and Set Dressing
Aidan Corlett
Translations/Transcriptions/ Sur titles
Julia Camilleri
Choir Rehearsal Director
Martina Buhagiar
Rehearsal Director (Netherlands)
Ruth Borg, Ira Melkonyan
Filming and Editing
Jimmy Grima
Post and Additional Editing
Chris Goa Farrugia
Sound Design and Mastering
Mario Sammut

Teatru Malta, rubberbodies collective

With Special Thanks to  Prof. Mark Anthony Falzon, Dr Toni Sant, Vincent Sant, FKNK, Nicole Blackman, Franklin Grima, Eduard Said, Arts Council Malta - Research and Support Grant, Transient Light & Sound, Callus Garden Centre, Birkirkara Homing Union, La Vittoria Band Club Mellieħa, iċ-Ċirklu taż-Żgħażagħ Xagħra, is-Soċjetà Santa Marija u l-Banda Re Ġorġ V Mqabba, Senglea Homing Club, Verdala Palace and the Office of the President
photo Lindsey Bahia
Past Performances
12 Oct 2018 - Floriana MT, Scouts Headquarters
13 Oct 2018 - Mellieħa MT, La Vittoria Band Club
14 Oct 2018 - Xagħra Gozo MT, Cirklu taż-Żgħażagħ
16 Oct 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