Transmission of the flower in collaboration with Renzo Spiteri
'...There are times, sisters and brothers when we are afraid that we will die and take the whole great humming dance of life with us
Something must change, we know that but are we stong enough? And will we be given time?'
L-Imlejqa tells the story of forgotten life viewed from the perspective of the matriarchal society of 'Old Europe', the term coined by Professor Marija Gimbutas. Professor Gimbutas was an archeologist, well-known for her extraordinary research into the Neolithic and Bronze Age cultures of 'Old Europe', another words, 'Neolithic Europe'.
The performance portrays a tale about life, death and regeneration by two characters: L-Omm and Il-Ħajja. L-Omm prepares to be part of a religious ritual. She morph her body through the stages of pregnancy, until she gives birth to Il-Ħajja. Il-Ħajja begins to develop and grow from spring to autumn. As autumn approaches, L-Omm re-appears, now transformed in her majestic form, L-OmmTerribli. L-Omm Terribli’s presence withers Il-Hajja’s life, causing her own daughter to die. Il-Ħajja and L-Omm return as different beings to bring the circle of life to an end: the rebirth of new life.
L-Imlejqa is an old, Maltese word which stands for a mother goddess. The mother goddess was a deity who was worshipped because of her power of life giving during the Old European period. She provided fertility, reproduction, and safety for children. There was a clear appreciation of the maternal figure being deeply rooted in the family sphere not only as a religious belief. She was also responsible for keeping the community united as a society, in harmony with nature. Our L-Imlejqa is linked to the theme of Island Stories by portraying the Maltese heritage and religion of the prehistoric community of Malta. We chose to merge theatricality with Maltese heritage and mythology to shed light on the relevance of our past to contemporary social attitudes.
Renzo Spiteri - an internationally respected artist, composer and musician. Renzo is renowned for his artistic versatility, creative use of sound and unlimited modes of expression. We are honored to have Renzo played his original music life for our performance L-Imlejqa, 16-17. VI. 2017 @ Valletta Campus Theatre.
The project was made possible with the support of The Department of Theatre, School of Performing Arts, University of Malta.
Special thanks to: Prof. Frank Camilleri, Clive Ferrante, Gaby Giacchino, Rafael Mielczarek, Hannah Moijanen, Matthew Gellel and Julian Chircop.