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For April and May, ŻfinMalta is hosting two consecutive weeks of Company Open Classes with two incredible international guest artists. From the 22nd until the 26th April, join Elena Ciavarella for contemporary (22nd-26th April) and Alexis Oliveira for ballet (29th April-3rd May.) Drop-ins and 5-class package available!

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Ticket sales finished!

Ticket sales for ŻfinMalta National Dance Company Open Classes April & May unfortunately have now finished! The last day of this event was on Friday 03-May-2024. Ticket sales ended at Friday 03-May-2024 14:00.


22 26 April 2024 / 10:00 - 11:15

Contemporary with Elena Ciavarella

This week of Company Open Classes is led by Elena Ciavarella, whose classes are based on floor work and inspired by the Piso movil system and flying low.


The training bases itself on the notions of spirals, sliding, pushing and pulling to reach the vertical from the ground. During sessions with Elena three dimensions will be explored: the floor, partnering and the air.


About Elena Ciavarella

Elena Ciavarella started training in contemporary dance in France, at the CNR of Boulogne Billancourt, In 2001 she attended the professional course of Aterballetto under the direction of Mauro Bigonzetti in Italy. She obtained a degree in Cinema and Performing Arts at the University of Pisa in 2003, before moving to France where she obtained the DE (dance teacher national degree) in contemporary dance at the CND in Lyon in 2009 and a Master's degree in Development of international artistic and cultural projects at the University of Lyon2. She danced for several companies in France and Italy: Opus ballet, Rome Opera, cie Faizal Zeghoudi, cie Redha, cie Eva Luna, Collectif Dynamo, cie Ezio Schiavulli, Teatro all'improvviso, cie Arabesque, cie Nadège Cabisidan...In 2008 she founded Collettivo Unico, with which she carried out numerous research projects in collaboration with international companies such as Delfos (Mexico), Cortocinesis (Colombia), Adarte(Italy), Cie Ezio Schiavulli (Italy). She actually teaches for the Calabash dance school under the direction of Wayne Barbaste in Lyon.


29 April – 3 May 2024, 10:00 – 11:15

Ballet with Alexis Oliveira

This week of Company Open Classes is led by Alexis Oliveira, ZfinMalta’s Rehesrsal Director for ‘Geographers of Solitude’.


About Alexis Oliveira

 Born in Santos, Brazil, Alexis started dancing at the age of 8 and finished his ballet studies at the age of 15 with a diploma of the Royal Academy of Dancing which allowed him to participate in the Adeline Genée competition in London, where he was offered a scholarship for the English National Ballet School in 1997 and has since then been dancing for several big ballet companies in Europe such as English National Ballet (1999 – 2002), AterBalletto (2002 – 2005), Stuttgart Ballet (2005 – 2009) andLes Ballets De Monte Carlo (2009 – 2023).