Improvisation teaches you to be quick, both on your feet as well as mentally,but it also teaches you a lot about being open to others as well as helping them. Veronica Stivala participated in The Fifth Finland Improvisation Festival. She writes about why she thinks everyone should try improvisation at least once.
Writer and Editor of Maltese culture magazine Encore, Veronica Stivala takes us on a jog through her new home of Neuperlach, a neighborhood in Munich, Germany. As we jog together, she tells us about the changing seasons, musing about the differences between Neuperlach and her former home in Malta. How long has she been in the neighbourhood? Three weeks, with a caveat.
It’s no joke to get up in front of an audience whether to speak, act, dance or sing to them. This is the reason we rehearse a production, refining our delivery of lines, positioning on stage, timing and so on. You’d think then that going on stage, along with a group of six other actors, to perform a full-length musical without knowing what the title would be, let alone our lines or songs, would be a stroke of madness, to say the least.
There is hardly any other place in the world where you can encounter the art and culture of classical antiquity as closely as in the Munich collections on Konigsplatz. The Glyptothek houses one of the most important collections in the world of Greek, Roman and Etruscan art. Veronica Stivala took a walk around this fascinating museum.
Renowned English playwright Edward Bond has written a play especially for a Maltese production. Director Chris Cooper tells Veronica Stivala that the play is almost certainly about Malta and that everyone in Malta will identify with it.
Chris Cooper is a Bond specialist. He has directed more of English playwright Edward Bond’s new plays professionally than most, if not anyone else. He performed as an actor in one premiere production in 1997 and since directed another 13 productions of his plays, nine of them being premiere productions. His latest production will be The Price of One, a play written especially for a Maltese production, which is being jointly produced by Teatru Manoel and Unifaun Theatre Productions and is supported by the Malta Arts Fund.
“Research is a continuous learning experience and is an excellent way of making interesting friendships,” he says. He notes how there is so much uncharted territory, so much to discover and so much to learn. Significant sightings are becoming a regular experience. The identification of an item kick-starts a lengthy research process which involves more online research, consulting books and conversations with veteran researchers.The Maltese are a nation of hoarders, Robert Attard tells Veronica Stivala. This characteristic is showcased in valuable private collections.
Saz Mifsud is making a name for herself not only as a fashion designer but now as an artist. She speaks to Veronica Stivala about her first painting exhibition, Scene from an Island.
You may be familiar with the Saz Mifsud design label. The fashion designer first made a name for herself with her beautiful silk scarves. From bold and bright greens and blues to more subtle hues of browns and yellows, Saz’s silk creations are special because she actually designed the prints.
Inspired by lilies, shells, the human spine and other natural elements, her silk creations – which have now extended to dresses and ties – are works of art in themselves.
Indeed, while Saz’s venture into painting is, to a certain degree, a different discipline, the two are really quite the same. Saz has been painting ever since she can remember.
Francesca Galea has brought a new type of music to town. She speaks to Veronica Stivalaabout her group Perkuss’ Hawn Maracatu in which even complete beginners can play.
If you have ever wanted to play an instrument, and even be part of a musical group, now is your chance. Rubbish, the little voices say, playing an instrument properly requires hours, years, of dedicated practice.
You do not know your music from your poppy seeds. Interesting you should mention seeds, because these form the make-up of one of the instruments you will probably be playing.
Art patron Isabella Stewart Gardner set up her museum to give viewers the opportunity to view great works of art. Veronica Stivala speaks to Corinne Zimmermann about how the museum strives to continue her legacy.
A portrait painting of Isabella Stewart Gardner hangs in the glorious Bostonian museum of the same name. The painting shows her in a flowing wispy white dress and an overly long chain necklace.