When the dust finally settled, all that remained was relief. Relief that it was all over, but that it was also worthwhile.
In all my life, I’ve never been to a performance quite like ‘As the Dust Settles’. An excellent production, especially for the sheer passion it was delivered with, the dance was performed in the (suitably) dusty shelters of Il-Kantina ta’ Katarin Wine Bar, in Żejtun, for its second run last weekend.
The location, itself a symbol of the tension experienced by our fathers and their fathers during the wars, was perfect, albeit definitely not for claustrophobics. As soon as you descend into these shelters, the humid stone wraps you in its coolness, but does so as the performers ignite the air with tension, passion, grief, gentility, nostalgia, and so many other warped feelings that almost make it hard to breathe…until Igor and Tereża, performed by David Chircop and Alba Florian Viton respectively, are seen peacefully asleep in the room where their thorny love starts.
Narrated by Naomi Said and based on original poems and performance texts by Miriam Calleja, ‘As the Dust Settles’ marked the postmortem of a tango that redeems audiences’ expectations with so much more than simply a performance, but also a journey that can be experienced with the same intensity as it is performed.
‘As the Dust Settles’ is a collaboration between Wi111ow Theatre and Le Salon Malta, supported by PoliGas and St. James Cavalier.