Hear the wind, hear the song.
It’s time for you, the raconteur, to tell the tale.

We’re looking for raconteurs, storytellers, to enchant others with the story of Orfeo & Majnun, a theatre of emotions about love, loss and longing and the power of music. Together, we will fuse the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice with the famous Arab love story of Layla and Majnun in a multi-faceted workshop process, retold and reworked by artists of different genres, with citizens from all generations and backgrounds.

Theatre directors, choreographers, video/media artists, musicians, rap artists, hip hoppers, visual artists are all welcome to discuss how to collaborate in a long process of co-creation as well as how to work on the themes of love, loss, and longing, through the engagement of communities.

In October 2018, this rich tapestry culminates in one of the largest Valletta 2018 projects. There will be an open-air parcours/procession featuring animals and mythical creatures, created by the local communities during the workshops, and an operatic performance, that weaves together cultures, music and languages from around the world.

Workshop Information: The Tale

In an introductory workshop, Martina Winkel, the co-artistic director and librettist of the project, will introduce the stories of Orfeo & Euridice and Layla & Majnun to the raconteurs.

The purpose of these sessions is to select and develop a pool of local raconteurs, working in different sectors/genres and ideally experienced in working in participatory situations, who could take on the role of workshop leaders during the creative workshop process with the communities.

The workshop process with the citizens is set to begin in November 2017 and will continue, with varying intensities, until the presentation in middle of October 2018. By the end of the workshop, the artists should be able to:

  • introduce the themes and stories of Orfeo & Majnun to the communities,
  • develop links between the communities and the project for them to participate, across different genres and sectors, in a collaborative co-creation process, the contributions of the communities for the final presentation in October 2018.

Join an international team of artists in a series of exchanges and be part of a sustainable, long term co-creation with groups of citizens.


Workshop Schedule: Rally the Raconteurs!

Venue: Teatru Manoel – Studio Theatre, 81, Old Mint Street, Valletta (map)

You’re welcome to join any one of these three sessions indicated below. Attendance is free of charge. The workshops are limited to 12 people per session.

The raconteurs who will be selected following the workshops will be remunerated for the workshops that they will lead with communities. The schedule of these workshops will be specified once the selection process has been finalised.

Session 1

Friday, 29th September 2017

09:30 – 12:30

Session 2

Saturday, 30th September 2017

10:00 – 13:00

Session 3

Saturday, 30th September 2017

15:00 – 18:00

If you’re interested in participating, indicate your preferred session on this Google form by no later than 26th September 2017.

In case of any queries, feel free to send an email to [email protected].

Orfeo & Majnun is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

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