Malta’s heritage buildings, many of which date from the time of the Knights and many disused, are increasingly finding new leases of life as backdrops for all sorts of cultural events. Summer, for instance, sees many such venues come into their own during July’s Malta Arts Festival.
But now, in November, a space in Malta’s industrial heartland – the dockyards – is being taken over by ground-breaking visual dance theatre group ‘rubberbodies’ for its latest experimental and experiential production – 100: rubberbodies at Dock No.1. The group is using one of the Knights’ buildings at Dock No.1 in Cottonera, turning it into a temporary theatre and concert hall. See more on the venue here.
What is rubberbodies?
In their own words, “Rubberbodies is a multi-disciplinary artist collective whose collaborations arise from an addiction to create, and a curiosity towards the other”. What that means is just see them rather than try to work them out. Their acclaimed production earlier this year ‘Grace u Rofflu‘ showed they defy genre.
What is pertinent in their write-up of who they are is this: “The collective aims to integrate art as a category in a society that builds expectations, values and roles based on a controlled system generated by the powerful bodies of religion, politics and the media. We use art and our bodies to address culturally determined perceptions by creating spaces for the observation of serious social and political issues.” Rubberbodies is pushing boundaries and thinking out of the box and it’s heartening to see that their endeavours are recognised by the Malta Council for Culture & the Arts and have attracted funding from the Malta Arts Fund.
About this production
100 is a visual dance theatre production which touches upon the themes of love and gender. It premiers on 19 November 2010 with performances following on 20, 26 and 27. In addition, there’s also a 50-minute live symphonic ambient concert by sound designer Mario Sammut on 28 November. Both performances take place at Dock No.1, Cottonera.
Adult Ticket : EUR12 / Student Ticket EUR 7 and Block Ticket Adult EUR 15 (Performance and Concert) / Block Ticket Student EUR 10 (Performance and Concert)
Seating is limited as only 150 seats a night will be made available. Refreshments are available after the performances when the audience has an opportunity to meet the creators and performers. Tickets are available are available from St James Cavalier box office.
Dock No.1 (TARZNA), Cottonera