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Providing an intensive experience for young people, ŻfinMalta is hosting Elena Ciavarella to lead a contemporary workshop for dance practitioners from 10 – 14 years old as well as 15 years and over. This intensive is aimed at dance students and young adults looking for immersion into new dance techniques and vocabulary - Participants with and without previous dance training are welcome to join!

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Ticket sales for ŻfinMalta National Dance Company Contemporary Intensive with Elena Ciavarella unfortunately have now finished! The last day of this event was on Saturday 27-Apr-2024. Ticket sales ended at Saturday 27-Apr-2024 14:00.


Dates and Times: 

Sat 27th April / 10:00 – 11:30 / 10 – 14 years old

Sat 27th April / 12:30 – 14:00 / 15+ years old (adults welcome)


Location: ŻfinMalta Studios




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.  


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 makethe 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.


Participants attending classes must fill out ŻfinMalta Participation form in advance of attendance: https://forms.gle/YqxM9DJTahcZ1uGH9               

Please check out our Class Policy prior to attending classes and for further details.