Saturday 18 March, 2017 at 7pm

PAFOS2017, Apostolou Pavlou Gymnasium, Pafos (CYPRUS)


KIRANA is an interdisciplinary performance that has been conceived and designed to connect children with artists towards a collaborative creative process. Four professional artists from Malta travel to any country and conduct a 5-day workshop with the children from the host city. The creative output of the workshops is integrated into the performance so that the children contribute directly to the performance with their own rhythms, movements and language. The story is inspired by the creation myths of different cultures, mainly the legends from China, India, Babylon and Mesopotamia. Some of the scenes in this mythological journey are portrayed through digital animation. Artworks created by children are brought to life through digital animation. The music of KIRANA is composed for piano and percussion and performed live by two professional musicians. The children complement the soundtrack with a series of music improvisations. KIRANA introduces children to a wide range of new artistic experiences: from contemporary music to percussion workshops, digital animation and light painting.






Over the past two years, KIRANA has been presented in opera houses and festivals in Malta, France, Germany, Italy, Denmark and Latvia. Later on this year it will be presented in Australia, Czech Republic & France. In 2018 KIRANA will be touring in The Netherlands with performances in Leeuwarden and in Sneek.

KIRANA has been invited to PAFOS2017 in collaboration with the Nikolaidion Gymnasium and the Pafos Music Gymnasium.
With the support of Valletta the European Capital of Culture for 2018 in Malta & the Ιnstitution Robert Cimetta Fund.

Ruben Zahra – composer / director
Christopher Muscat – technical director
Soundscapes – digital animation
Matthew Pandolfino – shadow puppets
Trevor Zahra – script

Pamela Baldacchino Kerr – choreography
Niki Mala – art designs
Anastasis Charalambides – percussion
Tricia Dawn Williams – piano

Stavros Tsartsalis – co-ordinator


PAFOS2017 – Event

YouTube – KIRANA promo in PAFOS