12 Nov 2016
9:30 am - 11:00 am
St Agatha Auditorium


Following six sold-out performances and tours within St Agatha’s Catacombs in Rabat, the critically acclaimed multidisciplinary exhibition Layers will come to life again on the 12th November for a special guided tour and a hands-on workshop for students.

All this will be conducted by composer Dr Mariella Cassar-Cordina, artist Victor Agius, author Immanuel Mifsud and curator Dr Vince Briffa, and this will precede the launch of the official catalogue that will mark the end of the exhibition.

Audiences who managed to snag a ticket to one of the six performances were treated to a multi-layered recital of Dr Mariella Cassar-Cordina’s score with words written by Immanuel Mifsud. Performed by the Schola Cantorum Jubilate male choir under the direction of Marouska Attard, the performance also included the input of Renzo Spiteri and Alistair Attard, with each element creating a new layer to the music. This was followed by a guided tour around the catacombs, where Victor Agius’ specially-created pieces played on intertextuality, and combined the history of the catacombs with our modern understanding of the world, culture, religion and politics.

“The project was designed to be responsive, roving, innovative and groundbreaking, placing the emphasis on the process itself and the close interaction of the audience during the performance,” commented Dr Cassar-Cordina and Mr Agius, who are the joint artistic directors of the Ars Vitae Ensemble.



Until the 12th November, visitors to the St Agatha’s Catacombs Complex will be able to see Mr Agius’ art displayed around the catacombs, with Dr Cassar-Cordina’s score returning in recorded form on the final day as the team behind the exhibition give one final guided tour and a hands-on workshop.

“The hands-on workshop, which will take place between 9.30am and 11am, will be an exercise in listening, appraising and composing music, as well as in fresco painting,” the directors explain. “This will be open to students aged between 9 and 13 years, and is aimed to increase their awareness of art, both old and new.”

The official Layers catalogue also features photography by Daniel Cilia and Therese Debono. All audience members who attended one of the six Layers performances, as well as those present on the day, will receive a free copy of this.

Tickets to the hands-on workshop are priced at €5, which cover the material used, while the guided tour is free of charge, although a donation to help in the running and conservation of St Agatha’s Catacombs is encouraged. Bookings are essential and can be made here. Please note that places are extremely limited to both events.



Layers is kindly supported by the Malta Arts Fund – Arts Council Malta, The Farsons Foundation, Gozo Express Service, Quaint Hotels Gozo, MTA and the Janatha Stubbs Foundation.

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