ŻfinMalta Dance Intensives are curated as themed experiences, focusing on a particular movement technique and exposing participants to guest teachers commissioned who contribute to company dancers’ training. Intensives are best experienced in their entirety through package offers however drop-in sessions are also up for grabs for a taster of the whole experience.

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Ticket sales for ŻfinMalta Dance Intensive with Elena Ciavarella unfortunately have now finished! The last day of this event was on Saturday 22-Apr-2023. Ticket sales ended at Saturday 22-Apr-2023 17:00.


Providing an intensive experience over two days, ŻfinMalta is hosting Elena Ciavarella to lead a contemporary workshop for dance practitioners for two age groups: 11 – 14 years old and 15 years and over (adults are welcome). 


Elena’s intensive is an inclusive workshop targeted towards mixed ability participants.  Participants with and without previous dance training are welcome to join in the ŻfinMalta intensive led by Elena, which is based on floor work and leaps from a somatic starting point.   

The training provided by Elena within this intensive is inspired by the Piso movil system, some flying low techniques and makes use of the notions of the spiral, pushing, pulling with the overarching aim of reaching the vertical from the ground.   

“Three dimensions that are explored: the floor, partnering and the air.” 


Elena Ciavarella is also leading ŻfinMalta open company classes in which participants of 18 years and over may join the company dancers in their morning class.  On the other hand, this intensive experience offers an exclusive, intimate and more focused evening programme for all 11 – 14 year olds to experience Elena’s training as well as all 15+ and adults who cannot make the morning classes.   


About Elena Ciavarella 

Elena Ciavarella started his 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. 


Before attending any movement sessions under the umbrella of ZfinMalta’s Education and Participation programme, we require you hand in a signed copy of our participation form.  Check out ŻfinMalta's Class Policy for a few notes and tips in preparation for class etiquette and protocol and to access ŻfinMalta’s participation form.  The form can be handed over to a ŻfinMalta staff member or representative in hard copy or sent in soft copy to martina.d.zammit@zfinmalta.mt.


For updates and information on the ŻfinMalta's 2022 - 2023 season Open Classes: https://www.zfinmalta.org/education-and-participation/open-classes/ whilst our regular evening class programme is available here: https://www.zfinmalta.org/education-and-participation/dance-with-us/.

Special Offer: The purchase of the full intensive ticket entitles buyers to a 10% off ZfinMalta’s next major production: Utopia by Emanuel Gat at Manoel Theatre on the 26/27/28 MAY 2023, 19:30.