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Open call for dancers M.A.D. (Music and Dance) - CLOSED

Updated: May 17, 2023

Dance residency 8th – 18th June 2023

The Malta International Arts Festival (MIAF) is looking for 5 dancers and 2 apprentices (male and female) to participate in a ten-day choreographic lab/dance residency, to research, learn, train, collaborate, and perform, while working with two choreographers. This residency will culminate into two choreographic works. The performance will be premiered at the M.A.D. (Music and Dance) platform to live music under the calendar of the Malta international Arts Festival on the 17 & 18th of June 2023.

Dancers will be selected through an audition process. The selected applicants will have the opportunity to be part of a working creative group, widen their abilities and vision guided by experienced dance artists/choreographers Ido Gidron (Israel) and Justin Roy Barker (UK/Malta).

Applicants must have good technique in both classical ballet and contemporary dance with a sound knowledge of improvisational skills. Applicants must have an open-mindedness as well as being able to contribute to the creative process during the choreographic lab/residency.

Venue for residency: Johane Casabene Dance Conservatoire, 113 Triq il-Mitħna, Qormi, Malta

Dates of Residency: 8th – 18th June 2023.

Performance Date on Main Stage: 17 & 18th June 2023.

Hours of Residency: 09.00hrs-1300hrs & 14.00hrs-18.00hrs.

Audition Date: 27th May 2023 (only by application).

Time of Audition: 10.00hrs-13.00hrs.

Audition Venue: Moveo Dance Studios, 112 Triq Nazju Ellul Street, Gzira.

Deadline for application: 30th April 2023 (12.00hrs - noon).

Residency working period: 8th June to 18th June 2023.

Commitment to hours of residency to be set between: 09.00hrs-18.00hrs.

Performance date: 17 & 18th June 2023.

Performing Venue: Valletta Campus Theatre, St. Christopher Street, Valletta.

Audition fee: None

Residency fee: None

Applicants (18+) must send an e-mail to festival manager Martina Bonello (, CC citing ‘Dance residency - M.A.D. (Music and Dance)’ in the subject line, including the following information:

  1. Full body photo

  2. CV outline

  3. Video link of dance footage (maximum of three links per person not longer than one minute each)

Only applicants who are committed to the whole duration of the residency and performance need apply. An agreement between the two parties will be signed. MIAF will offer a remuneration fee of €500 (Five Hundred Euros), plus two complimentary tickets to M.A.D. and two complimentary tickets to any other performance within the festival programme. MIAF will also issue signed certification of participation of residency and performance upon request.

Ido Gidron is a performance artist, Dancer, Choreographer, instructor of Pilates and Gaga, the movement language made by Ohad Naharin. He was born and raised in the mountains of Jerusalem, Israel. Ido graduated from the Academy for Music and Dance in Jerusalem, served in the Israeli Military with an “outstanding performer” award, while dancing for Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company and Batsheva Dance Company. As a student, Ido participated in the Juilliard school summer intensive, and was a finalist at the Mia Arbatova dance competition. As a freelancer, Ido started to create his own works, and was working with choreographers like Idan Sharabi, Sharon Vazanna, Arkadi Zaides. Ido was a guest dancer with the Norwegian National Ballet in fall 2017. Ido was a guest teacher for Gothenburg Danskompani in Sweden, and in Cie Toula Limnaios in Berlin. In 2018, Ido was invited to create a full evening work for the Institut za Umetničku Igru in Belgrade, Serbia. A duet that he created- Dualism, won 3rd prize at the Machol Shalem dance competition. In 2021, Ido had the opportunity to be an artist in residence at Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. In his style of movement, Ido focuses on finding emotions through awareness, passion, sensitivity, excitement, fun and ease to the practice. He uses floor work and improvisation tasks as a base for creation, and composition in the space as a base of movement direction. Ido see the body as a tool to sense and feel movement, as well as a sense of direction to create choreography. Currently, Ido is creating and teaching his own work, as well as working for choreographers Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, and Elad Shechter.

Justin Roy Barker Dip.L.S.C. (UK) is the Co-Artistic Director of The College of Dance (Malta) and resident choreographer of The Yada Dance Company. He trained at the London Studio Centre (U.K) and The Vaganova Ballet Academy (Russia). Before moving to Malta he toured with London City Ballet also appearing in music videos, operettas and various dance performances. Among his local credits: Pre-Opening of Small Nations Games; CHOGM (2005 & 2015); numerous Yada Dance Company productions both locally and internationally; TV shows, Song Festivals and other collaborations with local dance artists. He has guest taught internationally at several institutions, created works and performed for various commissions and competitions in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Tunisia, Sardinia, Spain, San Francisco and the UK. His more recent work MIND ENCLOSURE was premiered at Dance Festival Malta 2022.

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