ŻfinMalta presents ŻfinMade New Futures

ŻfinMade – New Futures

Six Emerging Choreographers
Programme A:
Thursday 1st December, 20:00
Saturday 3rd December, 20:00

Featuring works by Romeo Roxman Gatt, Chakib Zidi, and Rebecca Camilleri


Programme B:
Friday 2nd December, 20:00
Sunday 4th December, 19:00

Featuring works by Emma Walker, Charlene Galea, Simon Riccardi-Zani

ŻfinMade is one of ŻfinMalta’s biennial signature programmes and exemplifies the company’s ongoing commitment to cultivating contemporary dance practice in Malta. Responding to the theme ‘New Futures’ and the question ‘what will the future look like in 100 years?’ ŻfinMade invites six emerging choreographers and artists working with movement to create a series of solos and duets with the ŻfinMalta company dancers.


Presented in collaboration with Spazju Kreattiv, the project provides a space to foster and nurture local artists, bringing them into contact with the country’s leading institutions. Each of the six choreographers is given the resources to develop and create a new work, including mentorship by the company’s artistic director and staff.


ŻfinMade culminates in four evenings of dance performances showcasing the work and introducing the choreographers and dancers to new audiences and collaborators.


Presented in collaboration with Spazju Kreattiv

Fruitful Darkness

A solo exploring the fertile void. A ritual honours a shadow of what still lives. Between what was and what follows, there is nothing to do and nowhere to go. A metamorphic dance embraces the ending and reveals the blooming.


Choreography: Rebecca Camilleri
Dancer: Pearl Calleja

In the future, what will be left of the land that produces fresh food today? Will anyone be here to work the land, if there is land left alive during climate change? Each day, humans will wake up to the instruction to swallow a set of food capsules, thus erasing from their lives the possibility to experience all senses activated by eating and preparing food, and the social aspect of gathering around food. How can a dancer fully experience their senses and body when their diet is in capsules? Will they rebel in order to reconnect and provide fuel for their body?


Choreography & story: Charlene Galea
Dancer: Felix Deepen
Music: David Grech
Run By Hyenas

What will the future look like in a hundred years? When bodies are no longer policed When patriarchal masculinity is obsolete When masculinity means a gentle being When femininity is celebrated in it / they / she / he No hierarchy Body and soul in harmony Human, animal, and machine are now one. The creature you see before you was once only a dancer, but now no more. They crawled and walked and limped and marched and ran until they found their true passion — a passion for transgression. They developed a capacity to transform and transfigure and bring you the queerest form of invitation. They ask you to reconsider your understanding of how our bodies and the environments that frame and define them can be reimagined.


Choreography & story: Romeo Roxman Gatt
Dancer: Keith Micallef
Music: Hearts Beating In Time and Romeo Roxman Gatt

One. One or one. One and one. One on one. One in one. One with one. One for one. Is there a place for interactions and differences in a world where individualism has reached its climax? Is the randomness of our connections enough to pass as humanity? Are our differences present enough to pass for diversity? Let’s try to contemplate a new model, by searching for poetry within a new reality. One. One and one. One and two.


Choreography: Simon Riccardi-Zani
Dancers: Lotte La Haye & Amber Van Veen
In Pursuit of Poles and Emperors

“If you march your Winter Journeys you will have your reward, so long as all you want is a penguin’s egg.” Apsley Cherry-Garrard


A work inspired by the 1922 publication ‘The Worst Journey in the World,’ an autobiographical account by Apsley Cherry-Garrard of Scott’s doomed Antarctic expedition. A story otherwise known for its failures, but which succeeds in capturing the abundance of all that had yet to be discovered. There is an urgency, and sense of wonder, surrounding the apparent limitlessness of the unknown, and a plenitude of all things ‘new’. A century later, much of our planet’s surface is known, but a new playing field has opened beyond it, where stores of the undiscovered, undocumented, and unconquered have been replenished. Whether for notoriety, or in the noble pursuit of knowledge, we continue to attempt these impossible journeys in the name of exploration.


Choreography: Emma Walker
Dancers: Lidia Caricasole & Jérémie Lafon

All visible borders have disappeared and all continents have been attached to each other [or merged into each other]. Cultures and languages mix, forming one nation; one country, with one single identity. With access to greater flexibility and opportunity, our identities—or how we choose to define and see ourselves—become looser and more abstract.

So I want to start by problematising identity. It seems that whatever toolkit we approach identity with — art, philosophy, psychology, whatever it happens to be for any given person — there is no simple, clear path [or answer] which holds true for a lifetime.

Will this new identity solve the issue of the migration crisis? Will gender equality and social justice be achieved by  all communities that have been oppressed in the past? Will this new identity be the solution to past conflicts and wars?


Choreography: Chakib Zidi
Dancers: Nik Folini & Tara Dalli


Programme A:
Thursday 1st December, 20:00
Saturday 3rd December, 20:00

Featuring works by Romeo Roxman Gatt, Chakib Zidi, and Rebecca Camilleri

Programme B:
Friday 2nd December, 20:00
Sunday 4th December, 19:00

Featuring works by Emma Walker, Charlene Galea, Simon Riccardi-Zani

DURATION: 70 minutes / AGE: 5+