Movimento / Talking Dance: Absorb the expertise of artists who come across movement in their work, and join our 4th season of Movimento.  

With a fresh and innovative approach to audience engagement, ŻfinMalta presents Movimento, a series of appointments with experts, from Malta and abroad, who share their experiences to demystifying dance.  


Join us at ŻfinMalta studios, for a series of discussions on movement led by experts coming from outside the field of dance.  Acknowledging the vast overlaps between artistic forms and with the intention of cultivating active spectatorship in dance, Movimento invites audiences to sit and talk dance, and experience the stories of these diverse artists whose work intersects with movement.  


Movimento offers a unique experience that delves into its subject, with our experts facilitating active engagement with dance, taking you on a journey of discovery that reveals how patterns of choreography can be found all around us. 

Dates: 5 sessions throughout the season


Cost: 5€ per session


Time: 18:30–19.45


Venue: ŻfinMalta studios, Valletta


Led by experts includingVictor JaconoScott DeLahuntaMichele TufignoArthur Dumas, Rodia Vomvolou,  Tom Van Malderen, Alexandra Pace, Riccardo Buscarini,  Dr Michael Quinton & Alex Camilleri

Our upcoming session:

‘Working With (and For) Digital Media’

with guest expert

John D’Arcy

Tuesday 28th March 2023
School of Performing Arts
University of Malta (Dance studios,)  San Gwann

Join us for the second appointment in the ŻfinMalta Movimento series for 2023 with our guest expert John D’Arcy. For this session, John will present some examples from his artistic practice and invite a discussion on the potentials and challenges of incorporating varying forms digital media into movement practice.  There will be an opportunity to engage with some of the technologies John works with.


Dr John D’Arcy is an artist and researcher based at the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC).  His research interests include technology-mediated live performance, voice-based intermedia artwork, and participatory song-making.   His recent project Pathways involves interdisciplinary collaboration between his digital media arts practice and Malta-based dance scholar and artist Paula Guzzanti, looking at how sensorial experience can be mediated using digital art to explore sustainable living practices.

Catch up on our latest sessions…

Thursday 9th March 2023

‘Writing movement: Questions on choreography ‘

with guest expert

Lara Zammit

Lara Zammit for Movimento with ŻfinMalta

Lara Zammit, Arts and Culture editor for The Times of Malta started of our Movimento season for 2022-23! Lara’s background in philosophy contributed to the way she approached her session, ‘Writing movement: Questions on choreography,’ as she unpacked and questioned what writing movement can entail.

Lara delved into two main concepts: Writing as movement (choreography) vs. Dance in writing, (the attempt to capture the practice of choreography in language or via notation.) We analysed a clip of ŻfinMalta in Tânia Carvalho’s ‘Weaving Chaos,’ and had our own try at practicing the skills necessary for dance criticism.

Tuesday 28th June 2022

‘Movement in film: Creating Luzzu ‘

with guest expert

Alex Camilleri

Alex Camilleri for ŻfinMalta's Movimento

Alex Camilleri was the final guest of our third season, and showed us all the ways that movement enters his creative process, sometimes in ways never expected. He led us through the process of creating his debut feature film,’Luzzu,’ where he had to take on many roles, including director, editor, and finding his cast on a journey around Malta, which led to a new way of working and discoveries on the importance of adapting and growing as an artist.

We had the opportunity to learn about the purpose of different tools in film direction and editing, and the chance to watch parts of Alex’s film, where we could identify which of these devices Alex had used and why.

Tuesday 31st May 2022

‘The music of the spheres: Sonification of the solar system’

with guest expert

Dr Michael Quinton

Dr Michael Quinton for ŻfinMalta's Movimento

Dr Michael Quinton taught us about the practice of sonification and its widely practical application, as well as his own studies about our Solar System. His PhD consisted of translating the planets around us into a sound design: for both astronomers to use and easily identify data, and its use in a planetarium providing a surround experience for the blind.


Michael showed us how a system could be developed to translate data into sound, and in groups we had the chance to design our own sonification of the Solar System.


You can find out more about Michael’s Movimento session from our blog here: 

Tuesday 3rd May 2022

‘Deconstructing a classic’

with guest expert

Riccardo Buscarini

Riccardo Buscarini for ZfinMalta's Movimento

Riccardo Buscarini joined us for a special edition of Movimento, in conversation with ŻfinMalta’s Artistic Director Paolo Mangiola, discussing his new take on a classic narrative for the upcoming Requiem for Juliet. Both experts were in their element: talking dance, and unpacking the classic tale of Romeo & Juliet as told in the aftermath by a grieving Lady Capulet. Audiences gained insight into the many facets of the creative process and planning for a dance production of this scale, premiering at Teatru Manoel in May. You can find out more about Riccardo’s Movimento session from our blog here:

Tuesday 29th March 2022

‘Freeze, Loop, Reverse’

with guest expert

Alexandra Pace

Alexandra Pace for ŻfinMalta's Movimento

Alexandra Pace guided us through some of her photographic, cinematic, and literary inspirations, as well as her own work that followed, to demonstrate her “pre-occupation with time and movement,” and how the perception of time can be manipulated with various tools across different art forms and mediums.

‘My medium is photography and the moving image, as well as the chopping and remixing of cult cinema, print-making and the darkroom. However, I am also the founder of Blitz Valletta and a digital designer. It sounds complicated but it’s actually all connected.’ 

You can find out more about Alexandra’s Movimento session from our blog here:

Tuesday 8th February 2022

‘Stories on Objects, Space & Movement’

with guest expert

Tom Van Malderen

ZfinMalta's Movimento - Tom Van Malderen

Tom Van Malderen gave us his perspective on movement, that of a skilled architect, sculptor, furniture designer, stage designer, and artist. Tom started his studies and career in architecture, for which he explains owes its existence to form and space, and “whos perception owes a great deal to movement.”

“We all observe and live in the world a different way – this is just the opinion of one person, in one body, with its own proportions, and perhaps you live in and relate to this world differently.” 


For further information on ZfinMalta’s Education and Participation programmes and to discuss the ŻfinMalta’s Artist Development programme, please contact our Education & Outreach Officer, Martina Zammit on