Twisting Landscapes

ZfinMalta's TWISTING LANDSCAPES - National Dance Company

Twisting Landscapes

Twisting Landscapes is a chamber work for clarinet, violin, and piano written by Japanese Composer Makiko Kinoshita in 2004. Taking around 16 minutes to complete, the composition has three movements, which follow a rhythmic-atmospheric-rhythmic structure.


As a starting point for this piece, Mangiola looked at fractal behaviour and activity in nature. The landscapes of the score are explored through the composition of trios, duets, and ensemble resulting in an unpredictable dialogue with the music score.


Kinoshita, who studied composition at the Tokyo University of the Arts, is particularly renowned for this type of choral music, however, she has also written pieces for individual instruments, chamber ensembles, and orchestra. On top of Twisting Landscapes, other notable works by the composer are Gothic (for wind band), Circuit of Dream (piano suite), and The Trembling Moon (for percussion ensemble), the latter of which is also part of her official discography made up of four albums.


TWISTING LANDSCAPES is in collaboration with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and produced by the Malta International Arts Festival

Choreography: Paolo Mangiola in collaboration with the ŻfinMalta dancers
Video Direction: Paolo Mangiola
Musicians: Giuseppe Recchia – clarinet, Nadine Galea – violin, Tricia Dawn Williams – piano
Light design: Paolo Mangiola
Cast: 11 dancers
Music: Makiko Kinoshita Twisting Landscapes for clarinet, violin and piano
Filming and Editing: Sebio Aquilina Audio Visual
Duration: 17 mins
Age: 5+