ŻfinMade is a new initiative of ŻfinMalta, which invites six Maltese, emerging choreographers to each create a new solo work with one of the company dancers. The project is an extension of ŻfinMalta’s Artist in Residence programme, engaging past and present residents, and is one of the company’s annual signature programmes, presented in collaboration with Spazju Kreattiv and Valletta Cultural Agency.


ŻfinMade exemplifies ŻfinMalta’s ongoing commitment to cultivating contemporary dance practice in Malta. The project highlights a commitment to fostering and nurturing local artists, and bringing them into contact with the country’s leading institutions.


ŻfinMalta provides each of the six choreographers with the resources to develop and create a new work, including mentorship by the company’s artistic director and staff, and two high-profile international dance dramaturgs, Rodia Vomvolou and Thomas Schaupp. ŻfinMade culminates in four evenings of dance performances showcasing the work and introducing the choreographers and dancers to new audiences.

ŻfinMade is a co-production with Spazju Kreattiv, presented in collaboration with Valletta Cultural Agency.

ME TO ME  Diane Portelli

The ways in which we form our personal identities may depend on the stories we create and tell ourselves. ME TO ME explores that personal, internal dialogue, which culminates in a range of emotions. Centred around the technique of autobiographical reasoning, used to document one’s internal narrative, we witness the dancer’s personal journey as he grapples with these voices, and negotiates with them and himself.

MUSIC: Ben Salisbury and Nils Frahm


THIS IS NOT A SOLO  Rochelle Gatt

“Once upon a time, before the Nokia 3310 and compulsive finger swiping, we were more porous. We live in a time when we absorb less of what is real and instead the data is absorbing us. I EXPERIENCE, I RECORD, I UPLOAD & I SHARE. These are perhaps the most powerful ways of integrating into the community. Our right foot is bogged in the muddy puddle of ‘Dataism’, while the left is shaking constantly, to fight for freedom and authenticity. We think that we are our own authors, but data has become the weapon that conducts our choices, not our inner being.” Rochelle Gatt.

This Is Not A Solo is a collaboration with the dancer and scriptwriter André Agius.

MUSIC: Nina Simone with Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Arcade Fire


NON-LINEAR BODY/IES  Maria Concetta Cariello

Non-Linear Body/ies sets out to portray the dancer’s journey from within the different bodies of human vibrational existence: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual bodies. It is at once a personal and universal journey, through the exploration of the five elements of somatic practice: breath, vocalisation, contact, movement, and stillness. It is a calling to return to the wisdom of the body and to find authentic and intimate connections with all the aspects of our inner existence.

MUSIC: Beautiful Chorus, Yma Sumac, Jon Hopkins, Wabi Sabi, Jacoo

HER  Julienne Schembri & Deborah Falzon

HER presents the fragments of one remarkable woman’s experience of migration. Through the power of the dance, Schembri and Falzon seek to give an insight into this woman’s resilience, strength, and bravery, echoing that of others living in our migrant communities. Enriched by the artistic contribution of its collaborators, HER is a sensorial and provocative experience. HER is a continuation of ‘Dance Beyond Borders’, supported by the Research Support Grant, Arts Council Malta.

MUSIC: Original score by Niels Plotard, featuring Nina Simone, Human Touch


EEKA  Gaby Davies

This solo revolves around the concept of vulnerability, as seen from a psychological state. Inspiration is drawn from a dance residency Gaby attended in India, where personal experiences, observations and movement research led her to recognise the sensitivity of emotional states caused by vulnerability and its impact on body language, social interactions and mental wellbeing. The work aims to show an individual’s psychological journey through an abstract-narrative contemporary dance piece.

MUSIC: Marcus Ostling, Ross Bugden, Soul Candle, Marla Leigh, Kevin MacLeod


NOT SO LOUD  Zoe Camilleri

Not so loud is an exploration of the relationship between space and gender in today’s society, and the stereotypes that have become so normalised, they often go unnoticed. According to the choreographer, this blind acceptance of such structures contributes to the unequal occupancy of space between the male and the female.

MUSIC: Original score by Zack Camilleri

Artistic Director: Paolo Mangiola
Choreographer / dancer:
Rochelle Gatt / Felix Deepen
Julienne Schembri & Deborah Falzon / Andrea Martin Albert
Gaby Davies / Tara Dalli
Maria Concetta Carielllo / Simon Riccardi Zani
Diane Portelli / Keith Micallef
Zoe Camilleri / Amber Van Veen
Cast: 6 dancers
Dramaturgs: Thomas Schaupp & Rodia Vomvolou
Light design: Moritz Zavan Stoeckle
Costumes: Julia Boikova
Duration: 70 mins
Age: 5+
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