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.
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