‘DANCE OF THE RISING GODDESS – INANNA’ MUSICAL

Reference Number:  , Press Release Issue Date: Dec 04, 2020
 
2020 was a very difficult year for all of us, however, it was particularly hard for those who work in the area of The Arts and Culture.  The Consulate General of the Republic of Malta to Canada has been closely following developments in these areas and lending a hand to negatively affected Maltese Canadian notable artists by closures brought about by COVID19.  

Joanne Lourdes Camilleri, Maltese Canadian artistic director, performer, choreographer, instructor and producer in Middle Eastern dance and performing arts at the University of Toronto, Hart House, is one such artist who is well-known in Canada, Europe and in the United States where over the past two decades have performed in many films and television projects.  

The presentation of Dance of the Rising Goddess - INANNA is a full length ninety-minute two act, fourteen scene, multimedia dance-musical.  The entire production will feature professional circus, belly dance, musicians, vocals, narration and circles around Malta’s goddess of fertility story.

Renowned Maltese Canadian artist Camilleri will be assisted by Chris Hall (composer, arranger and producer), Keith Holding (director, technical director and producer) and Maltese Canadian Isabel Camilleri, (one of Canada’s renowned costume designers).

This production, in Maltese named for Camilleri’s Maltese ‘grandmother,’ in Maltese ‘in-nanna’, referring to all her grandmothers since antiquity, is part of a dance company called ‘Ancient Rumblings’ which is based in Toronto, Canada. In 2020, Camilleri and her sizeable cast was scheduled to perform this show in Malta, however, COVID19 has prevented this production from being performed at the Astra Opera Theatre in Victoria, Gozo for this year, however it is predicted to be performed on May 14th and 15th, 2021. 

In the meantime, the premiere performance will be on 18, 19 and 20 November 2021, at the Redwood Theatre in the City of Toronto, in the Province of Ontario, Canada.

With the financial support from Malta and the generous assistance from the Consul General of the Republic of Malta to Canada, Dr Raymond C. Xerri, artist Camilleri’s case is planning to fly to Malta in 2021 to perform this unique spectacle in the Maltese Islands.  

In the launch of the official poster for this spectacle, producer Joanne Camilleri wholeheartedly thanked the Consulate General of the Republic of Malta to Canada for the constant and consistent logistical and financial support.

Finally, Consul General, Dr Raymond C. Xerri stated that this production is not only unique to the Maltese Islands, it’s an original artistic masterpiece with enormous potential in a variety of spheres, which not only narrates one of our civilization’s oldest stories but has all the elements and hallmark to transcend into a permanent Maltese heritage production which can be treasured by all Maltese and millions of tourists who visit our islands alike.

A scene from the performance of Dance of the Rising Goddess - INANNA 

A scene from the performance of Dance of the Rising Goddess - INANNA 

A scene from the performance of Dance of the Rising Goddess - INANNA 

A scene from the performance of Dance of the Rising Goddess - INANNA 

A scene from the performance of Dance of the Rising Goddess - INANNA