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‘Habitational Action’ in Performance: Applications and Potential

The study forms part of larger project that investigates the research and application potential of the area between training and performance processes. It looks specifically at the applicationFrank-research of ‘habitational action’ – a concept that emerged from other stages of the project – within a dramaturgical structure. The study contributes to the practices of ‘laboratoriality’ in the theatre of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Contact Person: Prof.  Frank Camilleri 




Exploring ‘Habitational Action’: Judita Vivas and Frank Camilleri in Martyr Red (2013). Photo by Jeremy de Maria. 


Performance Lineage: The Russian Tradition of Actor Training 

This project investigates the Russian tradition of actor training and its impact on contemporary performance practices. The aim is to identify and translate a number of sources Stefan-researchin Russian that are unavailable in English translation, and (i) to publish these as primary sources and (ii) use them as foundation for a number of other publications. Archival research includes visits to the Russian State Archive of Literature and Art, the Russian State Library, and the British Library. 

Contact Person: Dr Stefan Aquilina 




Platon Kerzhentsev 1918 treatise of Revolution and Theatre 


Musicality in Theatre: Developing Musicalised Dramaturgies for Theatre Performance 

The project forms part of a longer-term research investigating musicality in western theatre practice as alternative to other strategies of theatre making based on Aristotelian notions of linear dramaturgy and narratives referring to literary scripts. The main premise of the research project is that other dramaturgies are possible if alternative means of practice are developed via interdisciplinary channels. The work, conducted in collaboration with the Italian theatre actor/director Domenico-researchDomenico Castaldo and his ensemble Laboratorio di Ricerca sull’arte dell’attore, builds on late twentieth-century European traditions of theatre making developed within postdramatic contexts. The research responds to the aims and objectives of Valletta's winning bid for European Capital of Culture for 2018 in terms of researching the European dimension of theatre and performance practices.  


'Welcoming the End of the World' a performance directed by Mario Frendo and Domenico Castaldo. Photo by Matthew Mirabelli courtesy of the Malta Arts Festival.  

Contact Person: Dr Mario Frendo
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Study-units on offer for Erasmus Students - 2017-2018

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Optional Study-units on offer 2017-2018

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Last Updated: 19 September 2016

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