VERTICAL WAVES & THE MALTA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA AT THE MIAF

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Dance, acrobatics and music make up this week’s events for the Malta International Arts Festival, organised by Arts Council Malta which will be taking place this July.

On the 8th July, the Vertical Waves Project will be transforming the walls of Malta’s National Library in Republic Square to a stage, as performers combine acrobatics, dance and climbing to create vertical performances.

Born in 2010 out of a collaboration between video and sound designer Aldo Aliprandi and choreographer and vertical performer Marianna Andrigo, the Vertical Waves Project is an artistic process that mixes together research on body movement with sound and video in the spatial context of where the performance is taking place. Be it a building, a tower or a square, the space affects the development of the creation and determines the uniqueness of the action in relation to it. Using ropes and harnesses, the performers work safely to present a vertical dance quality that plays with a perceived lack of gravity.

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The closing event of the festival, taking place on the 18th July at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, has been entrusted to the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra. With its extensive and full calendar of events, the MPO is the main cultural ambassador of the Maltese Islands. For this concert the team will be conducted by Mro Michael Laus, and will be presenting a selection from Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet Suites, Tchaikovsky’s Fantasia on Romeo & Juliet and Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.

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Tickets will be sold from the 8th June onwards. Further details can be obtained from the Malta Arts Festival website.