ŻfinDays 20/21


ŻfinDays – double bill

A celebration of dance


ŻfinDays shines a spotlight on ŻfinMalta’s versatility and raw talent in a unique evening of dance. Now in its second year, ŻfinDays is one of the company’s annual, signature programmes, aimed at fostering creative relationships within our territory, and giving our audiences an opportunity to see the company’s repertoire expand. ŻfinMalta invites ground-breaking choreographers to create or re-stage a work with its company dancers. This season we present two works that are stark in contrast, one drawing on mythology and ancient forms of theatre and costume making, and the other firmly rooted in the present and our coexistence with digital technologies.



Kalypso seeks refuge after being exiled by her own people. Lost at the sea, the waves bring her adrift to an uncharted peninsula inhabited by mythical dwellers. Her presence becomes a colonizing force on the islet and its inhabitants. She promises fertility in return for their servitude and devotion. Tampering with the harmony of this clan, Kalypso triggers a string of accidents that imperil the fate of this land.


Created by Maltese choreographer, Jacob Piccinino, Kalypso is a performance about human shame and how its associated guilt drives people to act out in unimaginable ways. It is also about compassion (or the lack thereof) between men and women, and the power struggles that can lead to brutal tension within societies.



Supported by the Embassy of France in Malta.

Choreography: Jacob Piccinino
Original score: Alex Vella Gregory
Sound design: Kristopher Chahda
Light design: Moritz Zavan Stoeckle
Costumes & mask maker: Lucien Cassou
Duration: Approx. 30 minutes



Barcelona-based artist Núria Guiu creates an adaptation of her solo work ‘Likes’ exclusively for the ŻfinMalta company dancers. Upgraded to ‘Superlikes’, this work similarly bases itself on the analysis of two popular YouTube phenomena – cover-dance tutorials, and videos on the different techniques of yoga which have spread through social networks in recent years. Guiu approaches her audience from a socio-anthropological perspective and reflects on the social value of a ‘like’ in our digital culture and society. The work takes a fresh look at the presence of the body in the digital age, through choreography.


Nuria Guiu’s education in contemporary dance and anthropology and human evolution coalesce in her choreographic work. As a dancer Núria has worked with some of Europe’s most progressive companies including Cullberg Ballet, Gisele Vienne, Carte Blanche Dance Company, and Batsheva Dance Company.



Supported by the Embassy of Spain in Malta.

Choreography: Núria Guiu
Set design: Tom Van Malderen
Music: Pablo Esbert Lilienfeld
Light design: Moritz Zavan Stoeckle
Costumes: Holly Knowles
Duration: Approx. 40 minutes
ŻfinDays – double bill
Dates & time: 12/13 February 2021, 20:00 / 14 February 2021, 14:00 & 20:00
Venue: Valletta Campus Theatre
Duration: 70mins with interval
Age: 5+