Geography of Lives

‘Geography of Lives‘ is a performance by Alberto Favaro aiming to confute the idea that national borders are linear limits surrounding nations. Contemporary borders extend themselves outside and inside countries. While they may not be built by bricks or fences, they are still effective. These borders are jurisdictional, administrative and economic limitations, real impediments for migrants to become fully recognized individuals. Far from being physical barriers, borders can be considered as spaces in themselves. When imagining and mapping the extensions and thickness of these borders, the most likely configuration is not a fixed geographical one, but an infinitive number of pockets trapping spaces and bodies. Constantly adjusting itself, the border keeps ‘the intruder’ outside, even if his or her body is geographically inside. This performance was created in collaboration with Florinda Camilleri.

Graphic Design | Johannes Buch
Choreography | Florinda Camilleri
Performance | Niels Plotard


The Geography of Lives concept was conceived by architect and artist Alberto Favaro for the Utopian Nights Festival. Utopian Nights is a Valletta 2018 project directed by Elise Billard Pisani and managed by Sarah Farrugia. Alberto and Florinda developed the choreography and dramaturgy in support of Alberto’s design ideas, and in collaboration with the performers: Niels Plotard, Zoe Camilleri, Keith Micallef, Emma Louise Walker, Thea Cunningham, Cloe Bonello, Nicola Micallef and Luke Bugeja Gauci.

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