double the dance

ŻfinDays is an annual program of short works by choreographers currently in the spotlight on the international dance scene. Introduced in 2019 by ŻfinMaltafrom the artistic director of Paolo Mangiola, this evening of short works has become one of the company’s annual flagship programs, exposing the dancers of the ŻfinMalta company and its audience to the extraordinary diversity of talent on the European choreographic scene.

ŻfinDays 2022 is a double program featuring two award-winning choreographers who have worked hard in ZfinMalta’s studios with the company’s ten full-time dancers. First, Ocher, a new commission from London-based Greek artist Georgia Tegou, followed by a cover of How to Destroy Your Dance, by Italian artist Francesca Pennini and her collective, CollettivO CineticO.

I am delighted to bring these two unique authors to Malta, thanks in large part to the trust placed in us by the loyal ŻfinMalta audience who embarked on this journey with us just a few years ago. Before that, it would not have been possible to schedule this work. This is a great achievement for the company and our supporters.

Paolo Mangiola, artistic director

Ocher, Georgia Tegou (Athens/London)

Ocher is a new work that crosses history and memory, ancestral wisdom and mysticism. It is an ode to the Venus of Malta and the catacombs in which she was found, and an attempt to unravel the mystery surrounding her ascent to light. The work follows the journey of the Sleeping Lady from the moment she was unearthed, extracted from her underground home, subjected to the process of conservation and finally displayed alone in a dark gallery. It retraces the steps of a female figure who comes to life, leading us in her movement in a transitory intermediate space. Ocher is accompanied by scenography and costumes by Andrew Borg Wirth, and an original score by Liran Donin.

Georgia Tegou approaches dance as design, blurring the boundaries of dance and movement with other visual and spatial arts, including architecture, sculpture, fashion and visual arts. Her work has been presented by Onassis Stegi, Dance Umbrella Festival and The Whitechapel Gallery, among others, and she has choreographed two music videos for Róisín Murphy.

Beings that recall the fantastic universes that exist in Guillermo del Toro’s films…

He challenges the audience to dive into their own fantasies and break free from the logic of needing to give specific meanings to everything they experience.

Maria MantoukouOfficial magazine of the festival of new choreographers Onassis Stegi

How to destroy your dance, Francesca Pennini/CollettivO CineticO (Italy)

How to destroy your dance by Francesca Pennini is deeply rooted in the present. Both choreography and acting, he sets out to explore the limits of the body and create a manual for boycotting all choreographic decorum, through impossible accelerations and extreme slow-downs. How long is a minute? What are the limits of the body? How to Destroy Your Dance is a challenge against time with luscious tones and a playful taste, showcased through costumes by Holly Knowles.

ColletivO CineticO is an experimental living arts group whose work crosses genres and codes, bends the rules of the performative event, challenges the relationship with the public and occupies the interstices between dance, theater and visual arts.

Creations by CollettivO CineticO […] are able to unsettle the audience, singling them out with bold, uplifting poetry – natural body gestures as well as the established grammar of choreography.

2016 National Critics Association Award

How to destroy your dance is supported by the Italian Cultural Institute in Valletta.

ŻfinMalta is proudly supported by the VBL Group.

Dates and times: February 18, 19, 20, 2022, 8 p.m.

Place: Valletta Campus Theater


Duration: One hour Age: 5+

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