‎ŻfinMalta National Dance Company Repertoire Cantata Mauro Bigonzetti


ŻfinMalta is thrilled to present ‘Cantata’ by the inimitable Mauro Bigonzetti. ‘Cantata’ is Bigonzetti’s personal quest to read and recover the traditional musical heritage of Southern Italy. The passionate and visceral gestures of the choreography are evocative of its wild, Mediterranean origins. ‘Cantata’ is an intuitive dance that stages a continuous game of opposites, sacred and profane, man-woman, sun and moon, love and violence, where music, sounds, voice and body are the main interpreters of the piece. Mauro Bigonzetti (born 1960, Rome) is one of Italy’s pre-eminent dancers and choreographers. His training began at the Rome Opera Theatre, where he studied and worked from 1972 until 1983. The following year he joined Aterballetto as a dancer, where he remained for ten years before leaving to focus on choreography. His first creation, ‘Sei in Movimento’, was presented in 1990. In 1997, he was named Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer of Aterballetto, a position he held until late 2007. He has since choreographed for companies around the world, including English National Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Staatsballet Berlin, Ballet del Teatro Argentino, New York City Ballet, and Ballet du Capitole de Toulouse. In 2016 he directed the Corpo di Ballo del Teatro alla Scala. Most recently, he has staged ‘King Lear with the Stuttgart Ballet, performed by Egon Madsen, and ‘Madina’ at Teatro alla Scala, performed by Roberto Bolle.


Supported by the Italian Cultural Institute of Valletta.



DURATION: 30 minutes

AGE: 5+


Choreography: Mauro Bigonzetti
Assistant choreographer: Vincenzo Capezzuto
Ballet Master: Brenda Lee Grech
Music: Original and traditional music by Assurd (L. Monti – C. Vetrone), Enza Pagliara and Enza Alessandra Prestia
Light design: Carlo Cerri
Costume design: Helena de Medeiros
Costume maker: Louie Noir