ZfinMalta Tanzmesse

Malta's National Dance Company at Tanzmesse 2018

ŻfinMalta National Dance Company is pioneering a forward-looking vision for contemporary dance in the Maltese Islands, under the artistic direction of choreographer Paolo Mangiola.

This repertory company of ten dancers is embarking on a regenerative journey and transforming itself into a Euro-Mediterranean hub, focused on further developing contemporary dance within the region.

Its mission is to make the transformative power of dance available to all and provide opportunities for talented young people to realise their potential, while establishing a safe place for artists to take risks and to help extend the dance ecology in Malta.

ŻfinMalta will presenting its new vision at the upcoming Tanzmesse 2018 between August 29 and September 1, 2018 at Düsseldorf, Germany. This is the biggest dance platform in Europe where 1,900 professionals from more than 50 countries are invited to present their works.

During this international gathering ŻfinMalta will be presenting a taster of its upcoming production, Voyager.

This work, a joint collaboration between Mangiola and Maltese-born visual artist Austin Camilleri, is inspired by NASA's mission 41 years ago, when it sent a present into outer space to give intelligent life a snapshot of Earth's diversity, sounds, feelings and thoughts through 116 images encoded in analog form.

This Golden Record, a 12-inch gold-plated time capsule launched on the Voyager Spacecraft in 1977, was intended to communicate the story of humans to extraterrestrials.

The sounds from earth got Mangiola pondering on what sounds and historical images we would send to outer space if a second Voyager mission was to be launched in the near future. How would we represent our past, our present, and our hopes for the future? What would the elements archived in it look like? How would we select them? In short, what would a Golden Record look like if propelled to another planet in 2018?

This production will have its world premier on the 2 nd of November 2018 with two more show following up.

This is a co-production with Manoel Theatre.

  • Choreography Paolo Mangiola
  • Visual Artist Austin Camilleri
  • Dancers Simon Van Heddegem, Mathilde Fang Qing Lin, Stefaan Morrow, Tara Dalli, Thibault Rousselet, Abel Gonzalez, Yure Gostincar, Keith Micallef, Nicola Micallef, Emma Louise Walker


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