In 2020 Grima initiated a research project on the topic of explosions after discovering various stories that deserved further contemplation on the Island of Malta, .
Filfla is a small, mostly barren, uninhabited islet 5km south of Malta. The islet was used in target practice for rockets, missiles and torpedoes during British rule over Malta (1800-1974). It is said that locals fished out unexploded bombs from around the islet. Some used them for dynamite fishing, some for blasting rocks in quarries, some for fireworks and others in the criminal underworld.
When one speaks of an explosion, fireworks are not the first thing that comes to mind. It’s mostly images of war, destructive bombs or a tragic criminal incident. But we find those instances intertwined on the Island of Malta; the military and the religious customs, their histories and how they developed to the present times. Since this intersection has not yet been pondered upon in a scientific, historical or artistic manner, I urgently felt the need to contemplate on it and so I found myself investigating these explosive matters for nearly two years.
SOLO PERFORMANCE, 50 minutes, Maltese (with English subtitles)
Maltese fishermen (and firework-makers) have, in the past, fished unexploded bombs from the islet of Filfla , which was used as target practice for rockets, missiles and torpedoes during the British Rule (1800-1974).
“Kaxxa Infernali : Explosions” is a 50 minutes solo piece. It unfolds a ‘sound’ landscape made out of voices, sounds, noise and histories (personal and national) connected to different types of explosions – military, ritualistic, artistic, criminal – from fireworks to bombs, on the Island of Malta.
Silence has come to play an important role in this creation.
Looking inside the making fireworks and having the opportunity to look inside the community of those (men) who make them, revealed yet another reality to me. Asking the actual firework makers to help me in creating these props to be used in theatre rather than a prop maker was very special indeed. For this to happen I had to get closer to these usually very isolated and closed communities of men who silently, diligently, delicately spend the whole year labouring and dedicating all their hours (outside of their jobs) to create this mega spectacle for their community.
by Jimmy Grima Advisor Joachim Robbrecht Writers Jimmy Grima, Michael Grima, Joachim Robbrecht Choir Michael Grima, Louis Camilleri Set Michael Grima, Jimmy Grima Conversation Partner Mark Anthony Falzon Production Manager Stephanie Bonnici Stage Manager & Set Construction Matthew Micallef Production Design tiny island studio Props and Set Dressing Aidan Corlett Translations/Transcriptions/Surtitles Julia Camilleri Choir Rehearsal Director Martina Buhagiar Rehearsal Director (Netherlands) Ruth Borg, Ira Melkonyan Filming and Editing Jimmy Grima Post and Additional Editing Chris Goa Farrugia Sound Design and Mastering Mario Sammut Producers Teatru Malta, rubberbodies collective With Special Thanks to Prof. Mark Anthony Falzon, Dr Toni Sant, Vincent Sant, FKNK, Nicole Blackman, Franklin Grima, Eduard Said, Arts Council Malta – Research and Support Grant, Transient Light & Sound, Callus Garden Centre, Birkirkara Homing Union, La Vittoria Band Club Mellieħa, iċ-Ċirklu taż-Żgħażagħ Xagħra, is-Soċjetà Santa Marija u l-Banda Re Ġorġ V Mqabba, Senglea Homing Club, Verdala Palace and the Office of the President
Tuesday, 8th June 2021 at 8 pm Spazju Kreattive Valletta, Malta
Wednesday, 9th June 2021 at 8 pm Spazju Kreattive Valletta, Malta
Thursday, 10th June 2021 at 8 pm Spazju Kreattive Valletta, Malta
Friday, 11th June 2021 at 8 pm Spazju Kreattive Valletta, Malta
Saturday, 12th June 2021 at 6 pm Spazju Kreattive Valletta, Malta
Saturday, 12th June 2021 at 9 pm Spazju Kreattive Valletta, Malta
Sunday, 13th June 2021 at 5 pm Spazju Kreattive Valletta, Malta
Sunday, 13th June 2021 at 8 pm Spazju Kreattive Valletta, Malta