Friday 4 November, 2011  at 8pm

Centro Culturale Zo, Catania, Sicily (ITALY)


ĦREJJEF ‘Maltese Folktales’ is a captivating, interdisciplinary production created by composer Ruben Zahra which brings together traditional folktales, shadow puppetry, contemporary music and digital animation. At its core lies a collection of Maltese folktales, presented in the style of a traditional storyteller accompanied by a live music score that acts as a soundtrack to the stories. The music of Ruben Zahra for this project was originally composed as a piano solo. The animations have been developed to reflect the style of shadow puppetry. The ‘digital puppets’ are highly ornamented with decorative perforations inspired from Maltese baroque motifs, filigree and traditional lace. While the actor narrates the folktales the characters of the stories come to life on the silver screen.


Maria Stanzani Ghedini – actress
Tricia Dawn Williams – piano






Babar by Francis Poulenc
The Three Irish Legends by Henry Cowell
Ħrejjef by Ruben Zahra