Contact Dance Company (Malta): Heileginstadt Another world inside

  • 26 Sept 2021 7pm UTC
  • dur 25min

Heiligenstadt – Another world inside Synopsis “Ah, it seemed to me impossible to leave the world until I had brought forth all that I felt was within me.” Heiligenstadt Testament, Ludwig van Beethoven, October 6, 1802: one of the most heartbreakingly poignant and personal, penned by a composer. Taking this as our fundamental inspiration and trying to get deep into the mind of a composer who is losing the one sense that should be more perfect than any others – his hearing – this interdisciplinary project reflects the essence of “isolation”, through sound, light, movement, internal emotion and word. What do we experience when we read this – perhaps even more particularly now, when we are all in “isolation”? Coinciding with the 250th anniversary of the composer, we have explored different interpretations of isolation or solitude: Alone but not lonely; Alone within one’s thoughts; Alone and isolated; Alone and in despair; Cocooned within oneself; Alone in a crowd; Blank face; Deceived by hope; Another world inside; A journey to find oneself; Discovery? What does it evoke to you?

BIO: Francesca Abela Tranter is a Dance researcher, choreographer and interdisciplinary dance artist, having trained in Malta and UK specialising in Contemporary dance techniques and choreography. Teaching since 1981, choreographing and mentoring extensively for several dance academies and institutions. She has participated in several conferences, workshops, festivals around the globe celebrating and enriching the transformative power of dance through a changing world. In 2012 she graduated with a Master’s degree specialising in Performance Dance Studies from the University of Malta School of Performing Arts. In 1998 she founded Contact Dance Company as a springboard for her own choreographic research, investigating diasporic concepts as well as private commissions. Her choreographic work has been presented in high profile theatres and festivals across the globe. In 2001 she founded Dance Hybrid Malta, an annual intensive programme for professional dance exploration inviting exceptional international artists sharing their revolutionary practices and styles in Malta. In 2010 she was instrumental in introducing a full time three-year BA (honours) undergrad in dance at the University of Malta which today forms part of the University of Malta School of Performing arts. In 2011 she established Dance on the Move, an on-going weekly platform of master classes. Francesca’s current research investigates the Legacy of Contemporary Dance in Malta, a chronological study of the events that impacted and influenced changes towards contemporary dance in Malta. She has presented papers at academic conferences on her research on ‘the legacy of contemporary dance in Malta’ and ‘methodologies in Dance Hybridity’. She is currently an assistant lecturer at the dance studies department (since 2010) at the University of Malta’s School of Performing Arts. She is the coordinator of the school’s dance outreach programme The Evening Space (2016), guest rehearsal director for Moveo Dance Company, artistic programmer for the Malta International Arts Festival (since 2014) where she continues to develop collaborative platforms and cutting edge dance performances. She is currently preparing and heading the formation of a new dance festival in Malta that will be launched in October 2021. ARTIST’S WEBSITE