An event every day that begins at 8:00 pm, repeating until 29 November 2020
ŻfinMade is a new initiative of ŻfinMalta, under the artistic direction of Paolo Mangiola, which invites seven Maltese based, emerging choreographers to each create six new solo work with one of the company dancers. The project is an extension of ŻfinMalta’s Artist in Residence programme, engaging past and present residents, and is one of the company’s annual signature programmes, presented as a co-production with Spazju Kreattiv, in collaboration with Valletta Cultural Agency.
ŻfinMade exemplifies ŻfinMalta’s ongoing commitment to cultivating contemporary dance practice in Malta. The project highlights a commitment to fostering and nurturing local artists, and bringing them into contact with the country’s leading institutions.
ŻfinMalta provides each of the six choreographers with the resources to develop and create a new work, including mentorship by the company’s artistic director and staff, and two high-profile international dance dramaturgs, Rodia Vomvolou and Thomas Schaupp. ŻfinMade culminates in dance performances showcasing the work and introducing the choreographers and dancers to new audiences. The audience is invited to experience the solos of six choreographers online and exclusive behind the scenes footage about the production.
Dates and Times of Live Performances
Thursday 26th November 2020, 8pm
Friday 27th November 2020, 8pm
Saturday 28th November 2020, 8pm
Sunday 29th November 2020, 8pm
Please see below for the schedule of performers on each night.
Taħdita Teatru – Żfin Made – Friday 27th November
For this edition of Taħdita Teatru, ŻfinMalta’s Artistic Director, Paolo Mangiola, delves into the making of ŻfinMade. In conversation with the seven choreographers whose work makes up this unique programme of dance, we will unpack the themes and the evolution of each solo. This is a unique opportunity for anyone who is curious about the creative process, and how it can lead to the creation of dance.
Thursday 26 November & Saturday 28 November
This Is Not A Solo
Once upon a time, before the Nokia 3310 and compulsive finger swiping, we were more porous. We live in a time when we absorb less of what is real and instead the data is absorbing us. I EXPERIENCE, I RECORD, I UPLOAD & I SHARE. These are perhaps the most powerful ways of integrating into the community. Our right foot is bogged in the muddy puddle of ‘Dataism’, while the left is shaking constantly, to fight for freedom and authenticity. We think that we are our own authors, but data has become the weapon that conducts our choices, not our inner being. This Is Not A Solo is a collaboration with the dancer and with scriptwriter André Agius.
Me to Me
The ways in which we form our personal identities may depend on the stories we create and tell ourselves. Me to Me explores that personal, internal dialogue, which culminates in a range of emotions. Centred around the technique of autobiographical reasoning, used to document one’s internal narrative, we witness the dancer’s personal journey as he grapples with these voices, and negotiates with them and himself.
Maria Concetta Cariello
Non-Linear Body/ies sets out to portray the dancer’s journey from within the different bodies of human vibrational existence: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual bodies. It is at once a personal and universal journey, through the exploration of the five elements of somatic practice: breath, vocalisation, contact, movement, and stillness. It is a calling to return to the wisdom of the body and to find authentic and intimate connections with all the aspects of our inner existence.
Friday 27 November & Sunday 29 November
Julienne Schembri & Deborah Falzon
HER seeks to tell the story of one remarkable woman’s experience of migration, and to explore the power of dance in the sphere of activism. Through the power of the performance, Schembri and Falzon raise awareness not only of this woman’s resilience, strength and bravery, but of all migrants living in our communities. This solo is a continuation of Dance Beyond Borders, supported by a Research Support Grant (Arts Council Malta), and invites collaborators who bring diverse, artistic responses to the story to create a sensorial and provocative experience.
Not So Loud
Not so loud is an exploration of the relationship between space and gender in today’s
society. It takes a look at the use of stereotypes that have become so normalized, they
often go unnoticed. The blind acceptance of such structures contributes to the
unequal occupancy of space between the male and the female.
This solo revolves around the concept of vulnerability, as seen from a psychological state. Inspiration is drawn from a dance residency Gaby attended in India, where personal experiences, observations and movement research led her to recognise the sensitivity of emotional states caused by vulnerability and its impact on body language, social interactions and mental wellbeing. The work aims to show an individual’s psychological journey through an abstract-narrative contemporary dance piece.
Artistic Director: Paolo Mangiola
Choreographer / Dancers
Rochelle Gatt / Felix Deepen
Julienne Schembri & Deborah Falzon / Andrea Martin Albert
Gaby Davies / Tara Dalli / Maria Concetta Carielllo / Simon Riccardi Zani
Diane Portelli / Keith Micallef / Zoe Camilleri / Amber Van Veen
Dramaturgs: Rodia Vomvolou & Thomas Schaupp
Light design: Moritz Zavan Stoeckle
Costumes: Julia Boikova
Photographs: Neil Grech
ŻfinMade is a co-production with Spazju Kreattiv, presented in collaboration with Valletta Cultural Agency.
You may view the performances live at Spazju Kreattiv Theatre on the below dates, or by watching the performances via our Video On Demand service at any time between the 26 and 29 November 2020.
€20 (both performances) / €15 (one performance)
€15 (both performances) / €12 (one performance)
Students, Senior Citizens & Special ID card holders
Video On Demand
€7 (both performances)
The price is automatically discounted when tickets are selected for the two desired dates.