Monday 17 – Sunday 23 February, 2020

Meervaart Theatre – Amsterdam



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.


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Over the past three years, KIRANA has been presented in opera houses and festivals in Malta, France, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Latvia, Cyprus, Australia, Czech Republic, The Netherlands and Norway.

Ruben Zahra – composer / director
Soundscapes – digital animation
Matthew Pandolfino – shadow puppets
Script – Trevor Zahra
Christopher Gatt – technical director
Tricia Dawn Williams – piano