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Altofest is a project that explores experimental sociality through contemporary live art. Citizens host international artists in their houses, which then become venues that welcome audiences for diverse performances. Altofest will take place across four different regions in Malta, over four consecutive weekends. “Legendary People” is the theme behind Altofest Malta 2018.

 

How can art emerge from the community as its distinctive expression, becoming in the meantime an instrument of social growth, fostering the formation of a future cultural legacy? The narration of a place, of its inhabitants and of its possible future lives, needs to be inspired by the evocative power of myth and legends. The bright image of the democratic Athens is a mix of mythology and reality of historical documents. A new mythology to be founded needs heroes and legends.
A cultural project inserting itself in the life of the city, directly involving its community, creates a new mythology where heroes are among its citizens, deeply immersed in the landscape.
The hero we are referring to is the so-called “cultural hero”, according to anthropologists. He is the one who influences customs and traditions of his people inaugurating new rituals, bringing innovation and establishing a new collective identity.  In this sense, Altofest Malta is a unique opportunity, the act of foundation of a new way of perceiving and living in the relationship between citizens and arts, especially live arts contemporary language. As it will originate a new condition, Altofest Malta 2018 will be the beginning of a new epic of the “cultural hero” citizen. He will accept the challenge of blending his/her everyday life with the revelation of artistic creation. 20 citizens in 4 different areas of the island will be the pioneers of an experience that will leave a cultural heritage.
Altofest is a project that explores experimental sociality through contemporary live art. Citizens host international artists in their houses, which then become venues that welcome audiences for diverse performances. Altofest will take place across four different regions in Malta, over four consecutive weekends. “Legendary People” is the theme behind Altofest Malta 2018.

 

How can art emerge from the community as its distinctive expression, becoming in the meantime an instrument of social growth, fostering the formation of a future cultural legacy? The narration of a place, of its inhabitants and of its possible future lives, needs to be inspired by the evocative power of myth and legends. The bright image of the democratic Athens is a mix of mythology and reality of historical documents. A new mythology to be founded needs heroes and legends.
A cultural project inserting itself in the life of the city, directly involving its community, creates a new mythology where heroes are among its citizens, deeply immersed in the landscape.
The hero we are referring to is the so-called “cultural hero”, according to anthropologists. He is the one who influences customs and traditions of his people inaugurating new rituals, bringing innovation and establishing a new collective identity.  In this sense, Altofest Malta is a unique opportunity, the act of foundation of a new way of perceiving and living in the relationship between citizens and arts, especially live arts contemporary language. As it will originate a new condition, Altofest Malta 2018 will be the beginning of a new epic of the “cultural hero” citizen. He will accept the challenge of blending his/her everyday life with the revelation of artistic creation. 20 citizens in 4 different areas of the island will be the pioneers of an experience that will leave a cultural heritage.

The structure

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OPENING

16th

19th Public Talk

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22nd

27th

29th

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11th          13th.

Rabat, Majjistral Park/Manikata


Residency
Performances

26th Public Talk

Hamrun, Qormi, Santa Venera


Residency
Performances

3rd Public Talk

Zejtun


Residency
Performances

10th Public Talk

Valletta, Bormla, Birgu, Sliema, Gzira


Residency
Performances

Azul Teatro

Sentieri

Azul Teatro

Sentieri

SENTIERI is a multidisciplinary project, aiming to an innovative approach to the scenic research. It devises an original and unique performance for Park Majjistral, especially conceived and created for that place. ◰ReadMore

Sentieri is a workshop, a devising process and a performance moment. Participants will go through all these different steps, having the possibility to deepen their artistic research. It is the perfect occasion to come in touch with our composing method for site-specific creations. It is also a way to enlarge the reflection on site-specific performing art and its synergic, multidisciplinary possibilities. The creation will be a co-creation, as we invite participants to make propositions. Working within a group and mixing different arts and abilities will be an interesting challenge. Working in and for nature make us go back to a refined knowledge, the process leading to the “listening” and discovery of the park will at the same time enrich your “inner land”.

Upon arriving at a new place, we draw on our collective backgrounds in performance (music, visual art, dance) while opening ourselves to new exchanges. Our process begins by studying and listening to the space, and meeting with the local community. Our approach is collaborative by nature, and thrives off of new influences; therefore we integrate both professional artists as well as amateurs into our work, devising the different abilities in a common artistic process.

The connection between poetry, music and live performance is a strong element in our work. Our performing patterns will mainly be developed by the presence of the body (physical/visual action, dance) together with voice-music patterns. We like readapting props, using materials in a creative way, making the event unique both for the use of the space and for the tools that can only be found there. Finally, we work open to surprise and response.

The source of inspiration for the performing process is the space and the community we encounter. All local community is involved: it will voluntarily or involuntarily assist to the ongoing creation steps till the final event. In this sense, our project is both a production and formation project aiming to integrate artists and territory. The final event is inspired and created according to the given space and people collaborating with us. Our process begins with this “listening”.

Sentieri aims to revalue the site through performing arts. It means, for instance, the deep contact between participants and the place. As foreigners and as artists we cross the space with new eyes. This is the experience we aim to be done by the audience. Our creation is meant to be a moment of truce: visions arise where normally nothing happens. With a change of perspective, a change of sight, another side appears, a side that we did not perceive before. So we train our sight towards an elsewhere, we let ourselves discover other forms, other ways. This is what art teaches us, to maintain an awaken sight, curious and careful to the present moment. Towards a life asking to become a certain thing, certain rules, certain roles, certain attitudes, certain habits, we discover a splinter, a doubt, a ray. We discover ourselves having more perspectives than what we thought, the possibility to change, to choose, to sense, to transform. The audience will experience the place, which is part of its territory, in a different way, with different eyes.

Duration: 1:30′
Majjstral Park – Triq blablabla
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Charles Koroneho

The Song

Charles Koroneho

The Song

The recordings that form the basis of The Song are part of the last major collecting expedition to be mounted in the Northland area of New Zealand, 1956-57. The recording sessions documented the knowledge of the last surviving tribal experts of traditional song and the most gifted singers of their age. ◰ReadMore

The recordings have a mythical ethos and to this day the singers are held in high esteem amongst the communities of the Northern tribes and their performances of the quintessential northern songs are legendary. Unfortunately, the recordings have been held in an academic music archive for over fifty years and rarely accessed by the descendants of the tribal experts and singers. The work I am performing uses archival recordings, song transcripts and translations to re-position their academic/custodial context and cultural isolation. The performance is a vehicle to share the recordings and introduce the songs to communities in New Zealand and international audiences who would not otherwise have access to hearing and experiencing them in performance.
The Song is a performance of poetic retrieval, a moment in time capturing the lives, voices and bodies of tribal leaders and artists living in 1950’s New Zealand. The performance explores the ethnographer and informant as an eloquent paradox; my intention is to perform as an ancestor of today, to use esoteric language and poetry to occupy an ethnographic space and try to understand what the people in the 1950’s were experiencing during the recording sessions. The objective of The Song is a ceremonial transformation of the space and the contextual return of the songs to their spiritual and cosmological origins.

Duration: 40′
Frank’s home
29 Mikiel Spiteri, Ir-Rabat

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Effetto Larsen

Stormo

Effetto Larsen

Stormo

With STORMO® we create the conditions to let collective intelligence emerge in groups of people. In 2014 we won the call for art&science projects by La Diagonale Paris-Saclay (France), in collaboration with the internationally renowned physicist Hugues Chaté. In 2015 we developed a scientific session with a team of French scientists at the National Museum of Science and Technology “Leonardo da Vinci” to measure the harmony that the project creates in groups. In 2016 we won the call by the city of Milan for innovative educational projects. ◰ReadMore

STORMO®  is a long-standing project based on the development of harmony within groups of people. Its core is an open workshop, during which the conditions created let collective intelligence emerge. In a short time participants find themselves spontaneously applying the same movement rules used by flocks of birds to migrate, by preys to survive and by large groups to organize. This process triggers a surprising physical joy in the participants and, as a consequence, wonder and involvement in the observers. The project tangibly develops active listening through nonverbal communication: a simple relationship mode, physical, immediate, that allows to look beyond the boundaries associated to roles, social classes, culture, language and nationality. STORMO® reveals resources buried in the memory of the body, allowing not only the individuals to discover themselves as part of a group, but also the group to perceive itself as a single self-regulated entity. we realized dozens of sessions in different countries: participation is open to all, no prior experience is required.

Duration: 30′
St Paul’s Missionary College
Emmanuele Vitale, Ir-Rabat

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Claudia Fabris

Akis Calendar

Claudia Fabris

Akis Calendar

What if you discovered nowadays that your life is revealing an ancient myth? Galatea is a visionary journey into the myth of Galatea, a map for the consciousness, and at the end you will discover that you are the revelation, and your body is the revelation and you accept it. ▚ReadMore

2003–Everything begins with a vision: the skin of a body dipped in a milky swimming pool, becoming a screen where it is possible to reveal what otherwise would be misty. It is our own body offering itself as the medium for the Revelation.
6th January 2008 -The deep texture between my life and Galatea’s Greek myth appears for the first time. September 2014 -During Alto Fest, the relationship between that first vision and the myth becomes clearer. I talk about it with Bassem, whom I met at the festival three years ago, and he agrees to help me and work with me to realize that vision through the myth now deeply mixed with my life. Luglio 2015 – AKIS CALENDAR

Duration: 45′
Alison’s home
50 Triq Godwin Ganado, Ir-Rabat

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Fabrizio Fedele | Raffaele Natale

Landscapes without boundaries

Fabrizio Fedele | Raffaele Natale

Landscapes without boundaries

A sound journey. Seven unexplored landscapes… and return. Entirely created in two sessions in January 2018 with nothing written or tried before. Played like in a single stream o consciousness with glimpses of the beautiful Malta in mind. ⧉_ReadMore

Mandolins and all noises have been added in overdubs without editing the original tracks of the two acoustic guitars not to affect their spontaneity.

Landscapes without Boundaries is the first step toward the composition of the musical dramaturgy of the site specificshow Sentieri that will be played at the Majjistral Park in the frame of Altofest Malta.

Duration: 30′
Alison’s home
50 Triq Godwin Ganado, Ir-Rabat

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20th 21st 22nd
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Progetto Brockenhaus

Tal Ilma

Progetto Brockenhaus

Tal Ilma

It is the darkness, the death before the rebirth, the unexpected, the profound, the problem and the difficulty, that we aim not to see, to deny and to avoid. The project deals with a suggestion coming out from an ancient Inuit myth, the Skeleton Woman. the performance proposes a vision and reflection about the path that a soul has to face in moments of crack, what happens when it drowns into an abyss. ⧉_ReadMore

Sparks of light emerge from the darkness, a body regains life after a dull thud, a chant regains voice at the awakening from a choked dream. Two women revoke passages of life, of maturation, of death and rebirth. Two bodies live in one place, they make way for each other, they go along, they loose and they meet again, as if it was one woman finding herself.

Duration: 30′
Sghendo’s home
18 Blata, Ħal Qormi

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Alessandra Asuni

Trilogia dei Riti
Accabai – Matrici – Sabi

Alessandra Asuni

Trilogia dei Riti
Accabai – Matrici – Sabi

In 2011, Alessandra Asuni began an artistic journey with ACCABAI, a rite which gets her involved in an explorative project dealing with the cycle of life, death and rebirth portrayed by a female perspective. After the Antonio Landieri Award in 2013, her art grew stronger with the second rite, “MATRICI” ( the life), and the last one, SABI ( the rebirth). ⧉_ReadMore

This artistic wander evokes a ritualistic theatrical performance, with every rite holding each other while also being divisible and indivisible for the audience.
This work has both experimental and satirical characteristics: by acting it is possible to live, to bring an end to an experience and to think about the experience itself.

Asuni’s theatrical performance is closely linked with anthropology: her work touches ancestral feelings and develops into shapes and suggestions more “lived” compared to the simple act of staging.
The scene itself goes beyond the conventional space to envelop the surroundings: the “fourth wall” isn’t pulled down, it’s nullified “ex ante”.

Accabbai Matrici Sabi

Accabai

Matrici

Sabi

Duration: 55′
Janice’s Home
Dar L-Infermiera-Triq San Gwann, Iż-Żejtun

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Sabi
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19:00
Matrici
19:30
Sabi
20:30
Accabai
21:00
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Ohi Pezoume

Ushakova

Ohi Pezoume

Ushakova

This performance is part of the “UrbanDig_Ushakova” Project (2018) of OP inspired by prostitute Gabriella Ushakova (1916-1991) and current urban attitudes towards personal time in the city. ⧉_ReadMore

UrbanDig_Ushakova is a research/ artistic/ community project at Strefi Hill, in Exarchia – Athens. The project is inspired by the life of Gabriella Ushakova, an emblematic sex-worker, who used to live and work in Exarchia until the 90’s. «I have plenty of time», repeats Gabriella, suggesting a unique denial of the dichotomy between free time and work, towards the production of common time. The conception of common time lies in the heart of the project, while seeking its spatial expression. Strefi Hill is chosen as the terrain, where both space and time manifest certain discontinuities and cracks. Within these cracks UrbanDig_Ushakova explores and enhances the production of common time and space.

Duration: 25′
Katie’s Home
14 S.Fran, Iż-Żejtun

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Giulio Escalona

Hydropanic

Giulio Escalona

Hydropanic

Hydropanic: a liquid journey through the Panic, a specific feeling of intense participation with the surrounding nature. ⧉_ReadMore

Credits

Dominio: Eukaryota

Regno: Plantae

Divisione: Bryophyta

Classe: Bryopsida

Ordine: Rhizogoniales

Famiglia: Altofest

Genere: perfomance sonica

Specie: Giulio Escalona (e l’altra musicista?)

Nomenclatura: Hydropanic

Duration: 45′
Renny Herbs and Salads
Sqaq Strejnu Nru 2, Iż-Żejtun

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Teatru Malta

Raymond ”Fight” Beck

Teatru Malta

Raymond ”Fight” Beck

Four roped sides. Three-minute rounds. Two men fighting – one winner. Raymond Beck would do anything for his family; or what’s left of it anyway. He returns to the ring in search of cash and glory. But his real aim? To challenge Dyson “Tosa Inu” Cumbo for the ultimate Maltese Middleweight Championship. While training for the big fight in the confines of the ring, Raymond realises that there are other battles that exist beyond it and its four roped sides. ⧉_ReadMore

Hooks and jabs can come from anywhere, better stay alert! Raymond must beat the count or prepare to throw in the towel. Written by talented young writer André Mangion, Raymond “Fight” Beck is a straight punch tale of what one is ready to give up; for those he loves – and for the sweet science that crowns him Champion.

teatrumalta.org.mt

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=21&v=NWfWA8mMOIE

Duration: 70′
Body Medics Fitness Centre
188 Triq Alfredo Cachia Zammit, Iż-Żejtun

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Chiara Orefice

BACK PINK POEM: “for a cup of tea”

Chiara Orefice

BACK PINK POEM: “for a cup of tea”

The base of creative process is the relation with the a domestic place: its concrete and architectural structure and the contact with its memories and spirit. The registration of it’s reality in acoustical and physical sense produced some feedbacks and resonance in form of fragments that are selected, elaborated and transformed through the principe of repetition, loop, deformation, translation. ⧉_ReadMore

Our aim is to allow the spectator to be an active part of a domestic landscape creating instability and estrangement, a trip of fades between the reality and the imaginary plane generated by living the space.

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ph. Filippo Menichetti

ph. Filippo Menichetti

Duration: 25′
Agius’s Home
169 Madonna Tal-Hniena, Iż-Żejtun

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Lizzie J Klotz

To Suit

Lizzie J Klotz

To Suit

To Suit is an exploration into animal courtship rituals, drawing comparisons between humans and birds. Developed through an investigation into communication, To Suit comments on the social formalities of interaction through the use of body, voice and sound. ⧉_ReadMore

Her days are marked by ritual.
She showers twice,
once in the morning and once in the evening,
and brushes her teeth whilst washing her hair.

She likes the way the shower tickles her tongue when she washes her mouth out.

She drinks two cups of coffee,
one cup of tea,
and one glass of wine
coffee for the morning,
tea for the afternoon
and wine for the evening.

But tonight, tonight is different.

With:

Charlie Dearnley and Alys North

www.lizziejklotz.co.uk

Ph. P. Williams, C. Greenwell, DZPhoto

With:

Charlie Dearnley and Alys North

www.lizziejklotz.co.uk

 

Ph. P. Williams, C. Greenwell, DZPhoto

Duration: 25′

Hadcroft’s Home

Casa Collacchio – 8 Triq Il-Kwartier, Birgu

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Matteo Marfoglia

Omertà

Matteo Marfoglia

Omertà

Omertà is a code of honor that places importance on silence, non-cooperation with authorities, and non-interference in the illegal actions of others. The performance “Omertà” is danced by a female cast, inspired by testimony of women’s experiences of living and dealing with South Italian mafia society. ⧉_ReadMore

Omertà is a work which brings awareness to the position and jobs of the female figure in South Italian mafia organisations and explores a route towards an unreachable freedom which some of those women look for all their life and sadly realising there might not be one.

My interest to create this work was to investigate deeper into the role of those women which is always characterised by its ambiguity and unclearness, and usually not acknowledged by the general public or the mafia organisation itself, but also to give them a platform to be heard and their stories to be told.

“It is a role that is always been characterised by its ambiguity and confusion, trapped in a tangled spider web of feelings and emotions”,  Alessandra Dino (expert and researcher of mafia criminal organisations)

Duration: 30′

Regatta club Bormla

Bormla Waterfront

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//solucionesdramáticas// & Griselda Layño

Vivirè Aquì

//solucionesdramáticas// & Griselda Layño

Vivirè Aquì

It is a revelation, a trial against the audacity to request an explanation, and a dance with life and death. A tribute to The Trial of Joan of Arc, by Robert Bresson, taken as an ethical and aesthetical reference for the scene. A contemporary heroine is judged for questioning from love the order of nature. ⧉_ReadMore

The premature death of a mother is an unfair event.

It makes us think about time logic,

The order of nature

And the luck of those who are still alive.

Why does somebody die without having to die yet?

Why hasn’t one died already if it was meant to?

Where is the mistake?

Where lies the fault that has inverted the natural order of things?

Who is to ask for explanations?

Who can fix this injustice?

I WILL LIVE HERE

On stage: Griselda Layño and woman

Mise-en-scène: Javier Cuevas

Text and Dramaturgy: Griselda Layño, Javier Cuevas y Tamara Brito de Heer

Filming: Miguel Morales

Photography: Tamara Brito de Heer

Movement Assistant: Carlota Mantecón

Lighting and technical direction: Carlos Ramos

Customes: Amuhaici Luis y Victoria Villar Saucedo

Introduction text: Clarice Lispector (A breath of life)

Recording studio: SuperstereO Recording Studio

Production: //solucionesdramáticas// y Griselda Layño

 

www.solucionesdramaticas.com

On stage: Griselda Layño and woman

Mise-en-scène: Javier Cuevas

Text and Dramaturgy: Griselda Layño, Javier Cuevas y Tamara Brito de Heer

Filming: Miguel Morales

Photography: Tamara Brito de Heer

Movement Assistant: Carlota Mantecón

Lighting and technical direction: Carlos Ramos

Customes: Amuhaici Luis y Victoria Villar Saucedo

Introduction text: Clarice Lispector (A breath of life)

Recording studio: SuperstereO Recording Studio

Production: //solucionesdramáticas// y Griselda Layño

 

www.solucionesdramaticas.com

 

Duration: 80′

James & Laura’s Home

79 Triq Luqa Briffa, Il-Gżira

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NG CHOR GUAN

Finding Malta

NG CHOR GUAN

Finding Malta

Finding Malta is a live performance show that combines the language of the environment and the one of technology. Finding Malta is a project featuring archival cycling process as well as audiovisual performance. During pre-production period, Ng Chor Guan the artist spend a minimum 5 days cycle through specific areas collecting audio-visual footages. ⧉_ReadMore

All footage collected will then be artistically processed through his professional attempt. The final presentation of the art piece shall include (but not limited to) an audio-visual stage performance featuring bicycle as a musical instrument. Audiences are invited to immerse themselves into this trasformative performance providing new and exciting sensory experiences enjoying their daily living area from a brand new perspective.

Duration: 45′

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