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ŻfinMalta is thrilled to present ŻfinDays 2024, a celebration of contemporary dance by ŻfinMalta National Dance Company! This year we are pleased to present a double bill: ‘Cantata’ by Mauro Bigonzetti & ‘Aringa Rossa .10’ by Ambra Senatore.

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CANTATA BY MAURO BIGONZETTI


ŻfinMalta is thrilled to present ‘Cantata’ by the inimitable Mauro Bigonzetti. ‘Cantata’ is Bigonzetti’s personal quest to read and recover the traditional musical heritage of Southern Italy. The passionate and visceral gestures of the choreography are evocative of its wild, Mediterranean origins. ‘Cantata’ is an intuitive dance that stages a continuous game of opposites, sacred and profane, man-woman, sun and moon, love and violence, where music, sounds, voice and body are the main interpreters of the piece.


Mauro Bigonzetti (born 1960, Rome) is one of Italy’s pre-eminent dancers and choreographers. His training began at the Rome Opera Theatre, where he studied and worked from 1972 until 1983. The following year he joined Aterballetto as a dancer, where he remained for ten years before leaving to focus on choreography. His first creation, ‘Sei in Movimento’, was presented in 1990. In 1997, he was named Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer of Aterballetto, a position he held until late 2007. He has since choreographed for companies around the world, including English National Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Staatsballet Berlin, Ballet del Teatro Argentino, New York City Ballet, and Ballet du Capitole de Toulouse. In 2016 he directed the Corpo di Ballo del Teatro alla Scala. Most recently, he has staged ‘King Lear with the Stuttgart Ballet, performed by Egon Madsen, and ‘Madina’ at Teatro alla Scala, performed by Roberto Bolle. Supported by the Italian Cultural Institute of Valletta. Purchase your ticket and attend the Open Rehearsal on 20 January 2024 for free - visit our website for information on upcoming ŻfinDays Open Rehearsals.


ARINGA ROSSA .10 BY AMBRA SENATORE


In this collaboration with ŻfinMalta, choreographer Ambra Senatore revisits ‘Aringa Rossa’, first created as a full-length work in 2014. Attentive to a curious, open dance, attuned to the experience of the choreographer and the dancers, ‘Aringa Rossa’ takes Senatore’s compositional style to the extreme, constantly shifting the pieces of an ever more astonishing puzzle. Working with clues, games with changing rules, and fragmented scenes, the dancers eventually take over this meticulous choreography. Working with assistant choreographer Vincent Blanc, this adaptation ‘Aringa Rossa .10’ is the encounter between the ten-year-old original and the personalities of the dancers.


Ambra Senatore has been director of the National Choreographic Center in Nantes since 2016. Her dance is found in the tenuous space between the construction of action, fiction in rehearsal, and the truth of presence. Underpinning all gestures is the everyday, observed with a magnifying glass, which she shifts and reverses until the gesture becomes fictionalised, until the dance becomes theatrical. Adept at surprises, cuts, and reminiscent of cinema. Supported by the Embassy of France in Malta, and the Italian Cultural Institute of Valletta. Purchase your ticket and attend the Open Rehearsal for free on 3 February 2024 at ŻfinMalta Studios - visit our website for information on upcoming ŻfinDays Open Rehearsals.


AGES: 12+

THIS PERFORMANCE BEGINS AT 19:30, AND DOORS WILL OPEN AT 19:00. WE KINDLY ASK THAT YOU ARRIVE BEFORE 19:30 IN ORDER TO ALLOW TIME TO BE SEATED, AND FOR THE PERFORMANCE TO COMMENCE PROMPTLY. LATECOMERS CANNOT BE ADMITTED.