Francesca Tranter

Francesca Tranter

Choreographer


Francesca is a dance practitioner and choreographer trained in Malta at the Tanya Bayona Princess Poutiatine Academy, and London Contemporary Dance School in UK specializing in Contemporary Dance and Choreography. Later graduating with a Master's Degree in Performance Dance Studies from the University Of Malta. 1998 she was the 1st price recipient of the Malta Choreographic Group Award and for a solo work choreographed for Claire Cassola in the International Festival Sicily in 1989. Since 1981 she has taught, choreographed, mentored extensively for many dance institutions, covering a diverse dance practice spectrum of thirty-five years. She was instrumental in bringing numerous international dance companies to Maltese theatres and created collaborative international exchanges and performances. She was resident choreographer and dancer with the Tanya Bayona Dance Theatre Company (1987 – 1998) and developed Contemporary at The Dance Workshop (1998-2015). Her work has toured to high profile theatres and festivals in Malta, England, Scotland, Poland, Hungary, Belgrade, Italy, Lithuania, Germany, Turkey, Tunis, Portugal, France, Scotland, Germany, Cyprus, Sicily and Greece. She founded Contact Dance Company in 1998 as a vehicle to promote her own choreographic research creating numerous works for CDC as well as independent commissions collaborating with international choreographers and musicians. She has directed and produced various dance projects and operas including acting as Rehearsal Director for various projects. She contributed widely to the growth of the Contemporary Dance Scene in Malta. In 2001 she founded 'Dance Hybrid Malta' an intensive week of dance exploration hosting international artists now in its 16th year. In 2011 she launched 'Dance on the Move' a weekly platform of masterclasses hosting a rotation of celebrated teachers. She forms part of the dance studies department at the University Of Malta School Of Performing Arts since its inception in 2010 and is coordinator for The Evening Space an outreach programme that is offered by the University Of Malta SPA. She forms part of Malta International Arts Festival artistic team since 2014. Recent choreographic works include #3 Dialogue (2014) University International Tour, "Iz-Zmien' (2014) ZfinMalta dance tour "Erbgha", "Kantilena" Maltese Opera (2015), 'A bark and a Meow' (2015) Tabula Rasa fringe festival MIAF+, 50,000 (2016) ZfinMalta - Tlieta tour, and a work in progress related to her present research practice Who am I? Negotiating her signature/style through the perception of two dancers whom have worked with her for a number of years. This project is linked to a current writing of a manuscript investigating the Legacy of Contemporary Dance in Malta a chronological study of events that impacted and influenced changes towards Contemporary dance in Malta, simultaneously creating a digital archive which will help underpin the identity and development of dance significantly current to the Mediterranean. Francesca.tranter@um.edu.mt