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ZfinMalta’s Dance Ensemble UK Tour includes performances at Sadler’s Wells

Artistic Director Mavin Khoo
Artistic Director Mavin Khoo

Malta’s premier contemporary dance company, the critically acclaimed ŻfinMalta Dance Ensemble, will tour the UK for the first time in January and February 2017.

On February 9th and 10th the company will bring its DOUBLE BILL of work by celebrated choreographers Mavin Khoo, the company’s Artistic Director, and ŻfinMalta Associate Choreographer Iván Pérez to the Sadler’s Wells Lilian Baylis Studio. The two pieces – Kick the Bucket by Pérez, and Home by Khoo – are designed to take the audience on a journey of discovery, passion and intricate choreography and will be performed by an international cast of outstanding dancers. Individually and together, the DOUBLE BILL reflects the versatility of this exciting company’s Euro-Mediterranean roots.

PROGRAMME DETAILS for Lilian Baylis Studio: DOUBLE BILL: 75 minutes, no interval

Zfin Malta in 'Kick the Bucket' by Ivan Perez. Photo by Emma Tranter
Zfin Malta in ‘Kick the Bucket’ by Ivan Perez. Photo by Emma Tranter

Kick The Bucket (30 minutes) is a duet by Netherlands-based choreographer Iván Pérez with music by film composer Aaron Martin. Inspired by the work of Exchart Tolle – internationally acclaimed for his best-selling spiritual book The Power of Now – the piece searches for life’s hidden meanings and uses the body to explore power dynamics in everyday relationships. Kick The Bucket is performed by Mavin Khoo and Gabin Corredor.

Home (45 minutes) by Mavin Khoo weaves a cinematic narrative through the life of a single man and asks the audience to reconsider the notion of home as a structural location of dwelling and whether our identity is constructed via constant navigation of social rules…

Zfin Malta in 'Home' by Mavin Khoo. Photo by Darren Zammit Lupi
Zfin Malta in ‘Home’ by Mavin Khoo. Photo by Darren Zammit Lupi

I was interested in devising a work that looked at the idea of home as a metaphor to the identity construction of a single man’s life journey,” says Mavin Khoo. “Home follows the man through birth, childhood, love, tragedy and death and he is accompanied by seven other manifestations of his previous existences. The man’s inner voice, the Protagonist, was recorded in Valletta, where we’re based, by British actor Felix Brunger which gives the piece another vital dimension.

Full tour dates:
Triple Bill performed at:
January 26th Swansea, Taliesin Arts Centre www.taliesinartscentre.co.uk
February 2nd Derby Déda www.deda.uk.com
Double Bill performed at:
January 27th Birmingham, DanceXchange www.dancexchange.org.uk
February 1st Doncaster CAST www.castindoncaster.com
February 3rd Liverpool Capstone Theatre www.thecapstonetheatre.com
February 9th 10th London Sadler’s Wells Lilian Baylis www.sadlerswells.com

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