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Welcome to DDG’s web page. Diciembre Dance was founded in 2008 in London, UK, and has since 2015 relocated to Malta to keep pursuing its work, based on new explorations of movement and composition, and collaboration between different artists and disciplines.

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Research

DDG understands research in dance as a vital part of what they do, some aspects of their work in which this is reflected are:

  • Collaborating with the Estancias Coreográficas research project in Spain, for which Lucía Piquero is co-director and director of research. This year, Gaby Davies is on of the young people in the emergent choreographers programme within EC2017. More info about EC can be found on their website: estanciascoreograficas.com

  • Collaborating with audiovisual artist John Ambrogio for the development of a digital archive of dance in Malta.

  • Piquero’s research on emotional expressiveness in dance, as part of her PhD research, including articles and presentations in different platforms.

  • The development of the concept of raħħal:traħħal in performance.

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Lucía Piquero

Lucía Piquero

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 Accettura

Sara Accettura

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.

Sandra Mifsud

Sandra Mifsud

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 Comley

Douglas Comley

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.

Gaby Davies

Gaby Davies

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.

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