Diciembre Dance Generations
Diciembre Dance will host a contemporary dance evening, introducing Junior Dance Company Malta and the italian dancers from Junior Dance Company Bari.
The event will take place on 7th December at Sir Temi Zammit Hall 9pm.
October 8th and 9th, 20:00 Pjazza Teatru Rjal
Vespers is a double bill of contemporary dance works inspired by plays of Federico García Lorca and organised by Diciembre Dance.
‘Blood Wedding’ is Diciembre Dance Group’s new production based on Federico Garcia Lorca’s renowned work. It is a work fusing contemporary and flamenco dance styles, uniting professional dancers and people from the community, and intertwining Maltese and Spanish cultures. Under the artistic direction of Lucía Piquero, the work counts with the collaboration of Alegría Dance Company and original music by Alberto García.
’88 Lillies And A Dog’ is Cienfuegos Danza’s latest work based on Lorca’s polemic ‘The Public’. Cienfuegos Danza doubles its original cast including Malta-based dancers as a collaborative endeavour for this particular performance. The work is choreographed by Yoshua Cienfuegos and has original music by Jesús Serrano.
Moveo Dance Company and Diciembre Dance join forces to bring you two nights of contemporary dance works, on February 26th and 27th at 20:00, in Malta Drama Centre.
For more information check the event in Facebook here and for ticket reservations, contact us at email@example.com.
Since she likes crazy ideas and challenging projects, Lucía invents opportunities for these to look legal and normal, such as dance productions or research projects. When she’s not doing that… wait… what? Also, the four Cs: cats, coca-cola, coffee and chocolate.
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Lucía was born in Asturias, Spain, and trained there in Classical Ballet with Elisa Novo, amongst others. She got her 7-year Classical Ballet Diploma, and read for a BSc in Psychology. In 2006 she moved to London where she completed a Certificate in Contemporary Dance at London Contemporary Dance School, and a MA in Choreography at Middlesex University.
Lucía was an independent dancer in the UK till 2012, performing with Neon Productions, SuperB Dance Theatre, mavinkhoo Dance, and Cedar Dance Theatre Company. She founded Diciembre Dance Group in 2008, which she co-directs, now based in Malta. Her choreographies have been presented internationally in several festivals in the UK, Malta, Italy and Spain, including a commission by the Galician Choreographic Centre and a residency at Spain’s National Dance Company. Lucía is also resident choreographer of the Junior Dance Company (Bari and Malta), with which her choreographies have won a special mention and a soloist first prize in the World Dance Championship in Croatia (2012).
Lucía is pursuing her PhD at the University of Roehampton, London, on the construction of emotional expressiveness in dance. She has presented in conferences in UK, Hong Kong, USA, and Spain. She is also co-director of Estancias Coreográficas, international choreographic research project.
Sara is originally from Italy, but over the past 13 years dance has brought her around Europe. Although her body can happily live everywhere, her mind is always on the moon.
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Sara Accettura was born in Bari (Italy), were she trained in ballet and modern dance since the age of 5 and achieved her dance Diplomas (Diploma for a Proficiency Course for dance teachers at I.D.A., Master in choreography at European Dance Alliance of Rome).
She started her dance career, winning several international awards and dancing for different organisations and events, until she moved to London to train in contemporary dance at London Contemporary Dance School. In 2007 she graduated with a First Class Degree and after she worked with Diversions Dance Company of Wales as an apprentice, whilst attending a PG in Performance.
From September 2008 has worked as dancer for Cedar Dance Theatre Company, Diciembre Dance Group, Combination Dance Company, Leila Dance, Maddogs Dance Theatre, the British Fashion Awards, Rich Fulcher, the Secret Cinema of London, whilst teaching contemporary technique in England for the Young Saturday Classes at The Place and for the Mortlake School of Dance and ballet classes at The Ballet School of Notting Hill.
In 2009 Sara achieved a Master in Performance at the London Contemporary Dance School.
In 2011 she moved back to Italy to fund Junior Dance Company Bari the first youth company in south of Italy, where she works as the artistic director and resident choreographer. Meanwhile she has thought contemporary dance for Villa Camilla (Bari), Ars (Adelfia), Scarpette Rosa (Molfetta), Coreutica (Giovinazzo), whilst dancing for Lucia Piquero, Yoshua Cienfuegos, Dana Raz, Mavin Khoo.
In 2013 Sara started running “Dance For All” a new collaboration with “Dalla Luna, professionisti per l’autismo” a dance project open to participants of all ages and abilities.
Sara is now co-director of Diciembre Dance Group, a faculty member of the summer school Dance Master Class, the artistic director of Junior Dance Company Bari and since October 2015 she is an Assistant Lecturer for the Dance Studies Department at the University of Malta.
27 years young. Before starting her career as a maid she graduated from the UOM as a radiographer and also on dance studies. Has a background of artistic gymnastics and taught dancenastics as well creative dance in Berlin.
Running parallel to her various roles and projects in the local dance field…. Sandra dedicates much of her time to cat and dog rescue missions, speaking up for wild birds on Facebook. Her four pets are waited on hand and foot!
Douglas started his dancing at the school disco moving like a robot and choreographing a whole routine to Blue Monday by New Order. This led to not moving like a robot after proper dance training.
Moritz Zavan Stoeckle
Moritz pursued his career as a dancer sincee he was born but fed up of being asked “what is your real job?” he decided to start working as a light designer too.
In 2013 she graduated from the University of Malta with a Diploma in Design, however, since dance is her primary career path, she applied for the BA in Dance Studies at the University of Malta. This dance course was a platform which has provided her with several dance opportunities, and a chance to collaborate with great artists. She is currently undertaking the MFA in Choreography at the university of Roehampton. But besides that she is a photography fanatic, a foodie and doesn’t mind an occasional mojito with friends.
Apart from working as a freelance dance artist and academic, she also enjoys singing and hopes to pursue her voice training a bit further than karaoke-ing at the weekends! What usually gets her through a busy week of work is a glass of wine.
Gaby? Ah you mean Macarra! She’s known as the posh blonde who drinks Juuls’ strawberry mojitos on sailing boats whilst randomly saluting people as though they were pandas. Yep, she struggles to find her sanity, but tells you all “Enjoy the show Pandas!!”.
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Gaby is a young dance artist who is mainly based in Malta, where contemporary dance scene is growing significantly from a mix of cultures, allowing the island to begin to develop its unique identity. Gaby has been participating considerably in this fresh and innovative scenery and in beginning to become recognised as an emerging dance artist on the island. She has recently completed her BA in Dance Studies at the University of Malta, under the tuition of renowned dance practitioners. Currently, she is continuing her training in the UK and completing an MA in Choreography and Professional Practices at the University of Chichester where she has been working with: Yael Flexer (co-artistic director of Flexer and Sandiland), Vicky Fox (Jasmin Vardimon Company, Silesian Dance Theatre, CandoCo Dance Company), Detta Howe (Ginger Dance Theatre), Abi Mortimer (artistic director of Lila Dance Company), Carrie Whitaker (co-founder of Lila Dance Company), Victoria Hunter (Moving Sites: Investigating Site-Specific Dance Performance (2015)) and Claire French (co-artistic director of Restless Productions). After receiving continuous appraisal and encouragement on her choreographic work, both in Malta and the UK, she is beginning to establish herself as a young emerging contemporary dance artist.
Gaby first began her dance training at the Brigitte Gauci Borda School of Dance in Malta, where she mainly trained in Classical Ballet and Lyrical Jazz. During this time, she earned a jazz scholarship, two jazz awards as well as a ballet award. In 2013, Gaby became a member of the new daughter company of the school, Malta Dance Theatre, for two years. In October 2012, she joined the Dance Studies (BA) course at the University of Malta where she was introduced to contemporary dance, and during which time excelled in technique and creative tasks. The course has led her to develop a stronger passion for the art, and has chosen to make contemporary her main focus and goal in her dance career. In Malta she was taught by renowned dancer and choreographer Mavin Khoo (artistic director of ZfinMalta Dance Company and rehearsal director ofAkram Khan), Francesca Tranter (founder of Contact Dance Company and choreographer for ZfinMalta), Lucia Piquero (University of Malta, co-artistic director of Diciembre Dance Group), Dorian Mallia (Moveo Dance Company) and Malaika Sarco-Thomas (University of Malta). During her time in Malta, she also worked with established choreographers such as Athanasia Kannelopoulou (Greece, ex-dancer of Jasmin Vardimon, Les Ballet C de la B, Cocoon Dance, Pina Bausch – Tanztheater Wuppertal), Nico Monoco (Italy, current dancer for Akram Khan), Yoshua Cienfuegos (CienfuegosDanza, Spain), Anton Lachky (Anton Lachky Company, Belgium), Yen-Ching Lin (rehearsal director and ex-dancer of Akram Khan) and Samuel Giust (Romania, ex-dancer of Cocoon Dance Company). Working within a collaborative manner with such established artists has allowed her to broaden her knowledge further as a choreographer.
After presenting her final year choreography, 3 Faces of I, during her undergraduate course, she was invited by an external examiner from the UK and was offered a place to pursue a Masters in Choreography with the University of Chichester. This choreographic work also awarded her with the highest grade in her year, and was invited back by the University of Malta to create a duet, A Case of Taboo, for their 2015 dance tour. In January, she presented her first solo work at the University of Chichester, (un)known, and is currently developing a group choreography as part of her MA Dissertation which will be built on the concept of loss. Recently, she has also been offered to choreograph a solo piece for Tabula Rasa as part of the 2016 Malta Arts Festival.
Take a look at her web page here.