Borderless/Bla Konfini was what it promised to be: a seamless performance, that is the very embodiment of fluidity in movement. The performance, choreographed and directed by international dance artist Mavin Khoo, commemorates Malta’s 10th anniversary since its accession into the European Union, telling the story of a nation that, while itself striving to grow, is faced with infinite challenges that reverberate deep into its soul.
Pjazza Teatru Rjal was almost full to the brim both Saturday and Sunday, and buzzing with excitement as the master and composer of sound, Renzo Spiteri, kicked off the performance with sounds from a kitchen table environment, of people whisking eggs, talking loudly and clinking plates and cutlery. Soon, the dancers emerged from beyond the cascading white and grey drapes and the sound melted away, as the story began.
In the past ten years, life, love and home have been reconfigured, as the identity of Malta and its people became exposed to a more European climate through ‘a collapse of borders’ that commends the Maltese to rethink their place within Europe and the world. In Khoo’s production, Borderless/Bla Konfini, commissioned by the Fondazzjoni Ċelebrazzjonijiet Nazzjonali, managed to capture all the emotions that surrounded this accession through a disciplined, yet raw viscerality in movement, powerful use of classical music pieces and beautiful lighting that shed itself across the stage set by the talented Pierre Portelli. Scenes of conflict, tension, eerie uncertainty, wonder, thrill and love (rekindled or birthed anew) flooded the stage, as the dramatic red-garbed figures of the dancers swayed and fluttered about in ways that added endless layers of meaning to the performance, marking it as one worth remembering.