Sunrise Mass

sunrise mass

Sunrise Mass

In a first-time collaboration, ŻfinMalta, KorMalta, and Heritage Malta come together to create a site-specific work at the Mnajdra Temples in Malta. The work centres around Ola Gjeilo’s renowned ‘Sunrise Mass’, written for a chorus and string orchestra. Choreographic sketches accompany and bring to life this exceptionally light and moving piece of music.


Based on the premise that the rising sun is not merely an evocative and romantic image, Sunrise Mass is a deeper reference to the origins of light, and the origins of movement; a kind of archaeology of the senses.


Experience the phenomenon of the alignment of the rising sun’s rays with Mnajdra, accompanied by the choir and orchestra. Light and sound manifest in the dance in a metaphorical journey, from starry heaven to earth, and from undifferentiated darkness to solid, warm life, evolving spiritually into human form.

ŻfinStories V Sunrise Mass

Choreography: Paolo Mangiola
Choir ensemble: Kormalta, Malta National Choir
Original score: Sunrise Mass by Ola Gjeilo
Live musicians: String Orchestra & SATB a cappella choir
Duration: 1 hour
Age: 5+