ŻfinDays is an annual programme of works by choreographers who are currently in the spotlight on the international dance stage. Introduced in 2019 by ŻfinMalta’s Artistic Director Paolo Mangiola, ŻfinDays has become one of the company’s annual signature programmes, exposing ŻfinMalta’s company dancers, and its audiences, to the extraordinary diversity of talent on the European choreographic scene. For the first time, ŻfinDays 2023 will run over two weekends, each weekend featuring the D’Agostin/Mangiola double bill on the first night, and one full length work on the following two nights.

DATES & TIME: 17/18/19 & 24/25/26 FEBRUARY 2023, 19:30

Double Bill


Marco D’Agostin

DATES & TIME: 17 & 24 FEBRUARY 2023, 19:30

General rehearsal for a nuclear variety show; a genetically modified musical; a seductive choreography with the worst intentions. OKOKOK wants to conquer the record of stared stares, break the hardest of hearts, compete with itself and with every other choreography ever seen and danced before. In this new work created for ŻfinMalta, Marco D’Agostin extends his research around entertainment as a specific form of relationship between performer and spectator (with Everything is ok, which toured Europe for over 6 years, and Best Regards, his recent tribute show to Nigel Charnock/DV8). OKOKOK tests the possibility of an irresistible, unabashedly frontal, hyper-citationist choreography, continually striving to tear itself and the dancers who perform it apart, to reveal the deafening silence in which we all move when we try to entertain someone.


Marco D’Agostin is an Italian artist active in the fields of dance and performance. He is currently Associate Artist at Piccolo Teatro in Milan, 2022-24. After training with renowned leaders including Yasmeen Godder, Nigel Charnock, Rosemary Butcher, Wendy Houstoun, and Emio Greco, and dancing for Claudia Castellucci / Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio, Alessandro Sciarroni, Liz Santoro, Iris Erez, and Tabea Martin, in 2010 he set out to establish his own choreographic practice. Credits include twice named at Aerowaves, and performances at Théatre de La Ville in Paris, Les Brigittines in Brussels, The Place Theatre in London, Sala Hiroshima in Barcelona, Tanzhaus Zürich, Romaeuropa, Torinodanza, OperaEstate, and many more.


Co-produced with Associazione Culturale VAN. Supported by the Italian Cultural Institute of Valletta.

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Nuova Figura

Paolo Mangiola

DATES & TIME: 17 & 24 FEBRUARY 2023, 19:30

Nuova Figura charts the choreographic journey of choreographer Paolo Mangiola and the dancers, exploring the human gaze and images we create of our world. The work takes as its starting point the world map of the cosmos drawn in 1582 by Gozitan cartographer, astronomer, and astrologer, Antonino Saliba. In this extraordinary document Saliba combined ancient pagan and medieval Christian cosmology with Renaissance beliefs and experiences. He imagined a world that appears at once orderly and chaotic, spiritual and temporal, familiar and fantastic; filled with decorative hemispheres, rings of fire, demons, salamanders, and people digging into the earth. Nuova Figura transposes these images into a contemporary context. A multi-layered canon of words and movement emerges, mapping our present-day image of the world. The demons of our time unfold in the densely atmospheric space – the over-forming of our nature, the consequences of the pandemic and the effects of war – as circular, explorative movements simultaneously reveal our capacity to move forward with hope and a desire for something better to come.

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2 Full length works

Girls and Boys

Roy Assaf

DATES & TIME: 18 – 19 FEBRUARY 2023, 19:30

Performed by ŻfinMalta for a second season, Girls & Boys, by award-winning choreographer Roy Assaf, turns gender dynamics and roles on their head in a performance that is at once playful and provocative. Through the potent language of choreography, Assaf highlights some of the attributes that make us human and how they are imposed upon the gender binary roles of masculine and feminine. “A white, straight, male choreographer. This is how some people define me. This human tendency to overgeneralise lies at the core of Girls & Boys.” Roy Assaf, Choreographer Roy Assaf has worked independently as a choreographer since 2010, with venues and festivals including Théâtre National de Chaillot, Jacob’s Pillow, Bolzano Danza, Pavillon Noir, Biennale di Venezia, and the 17th Biennale de la Danse in Lyon, while he has created new work for the Los Angeles Dance Project (LADP), The Royal Swedish Ballet, Batsheva Dance Company, Göteborgs Operans Dans Kompani, The Juilliard School, Ballet de Capitole, and Staatstheater Mainz. World premiere: Staatstheater Tanz Braunschweig, Germany, 2014. The adaptation of Girls & Boys was commissioned by the Batsheva Dance Company in 2018.

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Weaving Chaos

Tânia Carvalho

DATES & TIME: 25 – 26 FEBRUARY 2023

Homer’s Odyssey is the driving force behind this piece, which summons its dancers to interpret the stubbornness, the pain, and the will of the epic hero returning home. Between the show of individuality of a character and their presence or dissolution in a collective, the tireless search for movement remains, and they fall, in order to rise again.


Weaving Chaos was first premièred at the Biennal de la Danse de Lyon followed by the Centre Pompidou in September 2014. Since then, it has been performed on many prestigious stages throughout the world. Maltese audiences can see this astonishing work performed for a second season by the National Dance Company. Tânia Carvalho’s career as a choreographer spans over 20 years and includes works for the Lyon Opera Ballet, the Company of Elders in London, the National Ballet of Portugal, the Paulo Ribeiro Company, Dançando com a Diferença, and Ballet National de Marseille, among many others. Her work also encompasses music, drawing and film. “…Everything I do emerges from the depths of my being, and yet it has the ability to reach the other. That’s what I appreciate more and more, that binds me to artistic creation: a sharing of feelings that lead us to thoughts kept and silenced…” Tânia Carvalho, Choreographer

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Dates & Times

17th February

Double bill:
OKOKOK, Marco D’Agostin & Nuova Figura, Paolo Mangiola

18th & 19th February

Full length:
Girls & Boys, Roy Assaf

24th February

Double bill:
OKOKOK, Marco D’Agostin & Nuova Figura, Paolo Mangiola

25th & 26th February

Full length:
Weaving Chaos, Tânia Carvalho