For the first time in Maltese theatre history, an original play in Maltese and the local team behind it was chosen to represent Malta at the Les Eurotopiques, festival in Tourcoing, France between the 4th and 9th June 2012
Mentior Cum Amori’ , gidba ghall-imhabba, was written by Kristabell Catania and will be directed by Ivan De Battista, under the production of imagin-Arts Drama Group. ‘Mentior Cum Amori’ delves into the story of Jean and Sophie, interpreted by Ivan and Simone De Battista, is a couple who seems to have come out victorious out of a 9-year battle with infertility. However the story is much more complicated than this, the story is filled with lies, tension and struggle of a mother fighting for her son. The play is a contemporary story with a strong element of Maltese culture and history.
Ivan De Battista, the director, actor and the group leader said “we are proud of this theatrical piece not only because it was chosen amongst 60 projects from all over Europe bur particularly because our language will be shared with the European audience. It’s an intensive piece filled with various emotions, the audience will cry and laugh with this troubled couple.”
Kristabell Catania said “I wanted to maintain a strong Maltese element, I want the audience to feel they are watching a Maltese play and I didn’t simply do this only by writing in Maltese but I ser in story in a local scenario. Together with Jean and Sophie we will remember times of strong political tension in the Maltese history. Their life and story can belong to us all.”
Simone De Battista, the main actress and producer said “this almost 70 minute dialogue between Jean and Sophie required alot of commitment and hard work not only to mastr the script but also to construct these sensitive characters.”
Renato Vella will take care of the technical aspects in the representation in Tourcoing.
Undoubtedly this is an important honour for Maltese theatre as the play will be presented at the l’Hospice d’Havré – maison Folie in Tourcoing, Lille, France in Maltese. A first in Meltese history.
Les Eurotopiques, festival is held every two years as its now in its 3rd edition. This year it carries the theme of lies. The ten projects presented vary from political utopias, to protective lies and distortion of truth. The Maltese team will compte with England, France, Belgium, Greece, Austria, Lithuania, Poland and Czech Republic.
The festival forms part of the theatre season at La Virgule, a company aided by the European Union encouring social and intercultural dialogue trough theatre.
Kristabell Catania has completed her dramatic arts studies at the M.A Borg Drama Centre and is currently reading for a bachelor degree at the faculty of Media and Knowledge Science, University of Malta.
Imagin-Arts Drama who will produce the play is a relatively new theatre training company under the direction of Ivan De Battista.
Photos by Leander John Schembri.
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