Stunning locations feature in the latest dance piece called ‘Gaia – Gaian Thinking Is Not A Luxury’, commissioned by the Oxford Festival of the Arts (OFA). In partnership with Dancin’ Oxford, Oxford International Links, Mandala Theatre and Ashtar THeatre’s International Digital and Live Festival for the Global Dance Film Project, the mesmerising piece was performed by Contact Dance Company and choreographed by Francesca Abela Tranter.
The performing bodies sway and grasp the attention of the watcher as Maltese sea waves crash onto the beach and the dancers make their way around iconic rubble walls. Speaking about the piece, choreographer Abela Tranter stated that the piece arrives at the strangest of times, with second lockdown imposing its ‘manic panic restrictions.’
The concept reaches towards the myth of Gaia as divine personification of the earth and matriarch of all things in existence. Tranter spoke about how she wished to project the very small part of the earth she and her dancers inhabit – the island of Malta. A contrast was created between rehearsing online versus going out into nature and rekindling the physical connection performing artists crave.
The music was created by Ruben Zahra, with the performance undertaken by Zoe Camilleri, Gabriella Davies, Chakib Zidi and Julia Lundberg. Produced by Emma Megan Tranter and filmed by Jean Paul Caruana, ‘Gaia – Gaian Thinking is nota Luxury’ captures Malta’s dramatic landscape through elegant choreography and a concept that brings it all together.
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