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Get your new year mornings moving in a class with the ŻfinMalta company dancers and two of our expert guest teachers. In January 2023 ŻfinMalta is offering two weeks of Open Classes! Week 6 of the ŻfinMalta season is led by Florinda Camilleri's contemporary classes whilst in Week 7, ŻfinMalta's Artistic Director, Paolo Mangiola, leads Cunningham classes accompanied by a live percussionist!
Please scroll through the dates to view the various booking options on each date.
Mixed Open Class package
Our mixed Open Class Package allows you to pick any 5 sessions between the 9th - 13th and 16th - 20th January 2023. If you purchase this bonus package, we kindly ask you to contact firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm the dates you'll be attending.
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ŻfinMalta provides an open and inclusive space where participants can further develop their professional practice, make connections, and experience life inside Malta’s National Dance Company.
January 2023 Open Classes
Week 6: Contemporary with Florinda Camilleri
Monday 9th - Friday 13th January 2023
Location: ŻfinMalta Studios, Valletta
This set of contemporary dance classes aim to support dancers as they begin a fresh period of practice after the festive break. They will consist of three parts: a warm-up, structured exercises moving across the room, and a guided improvisation. The warm-up will focus on awakening awareness within and across body and space, with attention starting inwards and opening up outwards. The structured exercises will continue along this thread, exploring various movement qualities across dynamic spatial and rhythmic patterns. Guided improvisations will then serve as a platform for dancers to explore embodied and spatial relations in their own unique ways, responding to their current needs as individuals and occasionally in groups.
About Florinda Camilleri
Florinda is an independent dance artist and community pharmacist from and based in Malta. She initiates, leads, and supports performing arts projects in Malta and internationally, taking on various roles as a contemporary dance and screendance performer, maker, collaborator, researcher, educator, coach, producer, and facilitator. Florinda recently graduated from the Master Performing Public Space program in Fontys University, (NL). Her research project applied a lens of feminist posthumanism with-in public spaces in Malta, exploring embodied perspectives of (land)scapes through site-specific screendance performance with the aim of discovering new, more responsive and response-able ways of engaging with environments. She is currently investigating points of encounter between human and more-than-human agents within urban public spaces as sites of creative potential from which movement and matter are formed.
Week 6: Cunningham Technique with ŻfinMalta Artistic Director, Paolo Mangiola to live percussion by Luke Baldacchino
Monday 16th - Friday 20th January 2023
Location: ŻfinMalta Studios, Valletta
ŻfinMalta’s Artistic Director, Paolo Mangiola, will be teaching Cunningham technique with a live percussionist for our company open classes. Paolo Mangiola is a choreographer, dance educator and performer working within ballet and contemporary dance practices. Operating in the interstices between codified dance and ordinary movement, Paolo is interested in exploring this relationship in the context of our interconnected society, drawing inspiration from various artistic sources, the web, and emerging movements.
About Luke Baldacchino
Luke Baldacchino is a freelance multi-instrumentalist, arranger, composer, and certified music educator. He regularly performs as a percussionist with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and as a session musician with various artists and companies, both locally and abroad. Luke is Founder and Director of both The Tailors (an eclectic music-entertainment ensemble) and Ritmik (a music- education enterprise). Luke is committed towards the active involvement of persons with learning disabilities in the performing arts. He is actively involved with Opening Doors Association, and has been leading the Music Group since its birth. Luke holds a first class BA (Hons) in percussion performance, and a post-graduate certificate in music education (PGCE), both from the University of Malta.
For updates and information on the ŻfinMalta's 2022 - 2023 season Open Classes: https://www.zfinmalta.org/education-and-participation/open-classes/
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