Following a successful pilot programme in 2019, ŻfinMalta – National Dance Company, is excited to offer 3 residencies between the months of April & June 2020.

Where: ZfinMalta Studios, Valletta, Malta

When: April – June 2020

Deadline for applications: 8th February 2020 (oo:oo GMT+01)

Located in the Mediterranean, Malta is a bilingual country, speaking both English and Maltese, with year-round sunshine. Within this unique setting, and based at the ŻfinMalta studios on Valletta’s Grand Harbour – one of the most scenic harbours in the world – the National Dance Company offers national and international dance-makers a space for research and dialogue. ŻfinMalta is looking forward to welcoming both experienced and emerging, Europe-based dance artists currently undertaking choreographic research to develop and explore their work further in a new context, providing the time and space for focus on the creation and development of work.


ZfinMalta, is offering three residencies between April and June 2020 for local and Europe-based dance practitioners to further develop their choreographic research/practice. Each residency will run no longer than a week

These residency programmes are designed for choreographers, regularly creating work, who need to carry out research that will push the boundaries of their practice.

Choreographers from all dance backgrounds are encouraged to apply; whether their research is interdisciplinary, community-based, or dance practice-based.


ŻfinMalta will host the selected artists in their studios in the island’s capital, Valletta, which enjoy the inspiring view of the Grand Harbour, defined by a coastline of forts and churches in yellow limestone.

Made up of two studios, ŻfinMalta welcomes selected artists to work in their space between 10 am – 6 pm.

ŻfinMalta studios are equipped with a sound system, air conditioning, storage space, bathrooms, showers and kitchen facilities as well as WiFi access.

We regret that ŻfinMalta’s studio is currently not wheelchair accessible.


An informal presentation or sharing of work in a format that suits the artist’s practice. The audience will be facilitated by ZfinMalta and the approach discussed with the artist. The company believes that this interaction with an audience is fundamental in the research stages of creating work.

Permission for ZfinMalta to film agreed parts of the residency

Inclusion of ZfinMalta logos and/or ZfinMalta word credit on publicity (print and digital) for any future work which is developed from research undertaken during this residency.


ŻfinMalta offers a token of €1000 for each residency. €500 will be offered as a first token, to cover the cost of accommodation and flights for artists based outside Malta, whilst another €500 will be offered for use of travel in Malta and other expenses necessary for the duration of the residency.

50% of the token will be offered upon the signature of the residency agreement with the respective artists, whilst the other half of the token will be presented upon the start of the residency, both on presentation of invoice.

Local artists who may not need the token in order to cover flights and accommodation expenses are asked to outline how the token would be used. Artists may want to bring in other people to explore their research on or even bring in other people to document their process. Such applications of the token are eligible as long as they are included in the budget within the application form.


3 residencies are currently available, one residency per month for the months of April, May and June 2020. The ideal dates for the artist must be outlined in the application and upon selection, will be discussed and finalised with the company.

ZfinMalta will put every effort to accommodate the preferred dates but this may not always be possible.

The deadline for application is Saturday 8th February 2020 (00:00)

Candidates should expect first contact by the 21st of February 2020 and ultimately, the chosen applications will be announced by the end of February 2020.


Professional experienced and emerging choreographers residing within Malta and based in Europe, who are regularly creating and researching dance.
Applicants must have a minimum of 3 years of professional experience
Candidates should have a good command of the English language
Applicants must be over the age of 21
Priority will be given to candidates who are open to sharing their research and work
Priority will also be given to applications partially supported by other sources of funds
ZfinMalta will make every effort to accommodate the research requirements of artists within the parameters of our spaces. Artists will be expected to be respectful of the environment they find themselves in and to take care of the space they are allotted.


Zoe Camilleri

“I think it is a great initiative that will help young and emerging creators and artists to have dedicated time to experiment with their work. The week helped me to focus my thoughts and ideas and put them into physical form. It also allowed me the space, time and finances to find get people on board this project and experiment in collaboration. I truly appreciated it!”

Ana Jezabel Carreira

“A perfect ‘beginning’ to our process. I am really happy and it is because of the work that goes into opportunities like this that artists can survive.”

Colectivo Lamajara

“Super happy with the experience, was a real pleasure to be in Malta.”

A selection panel will be appointed to process the applications. The panel will be made up of members of ŻfinMalta with two external panelists. Together they will select three Residency Artists.


Within the application form, artists are required to provide

A description of their background, work & interest
A brief description of the purpose of the residency within the timeline of the work
A budget breakdown of how the €1.000 token would be used.
an outline of a workshop, session or talk to be offered in return.
links to a maximum of 2 work/research samples in video form
preference of residency months (with specific starting dates) between April 2020 – June 2020

We cannot support production or post-production of films

Selected applicants are required to cooperate in the marketing and sharing of their experience and workshops during this residency through various means, including social media, media interviews, photoshoots and receptions.

To apply, find and complete the AiR application form here:
– Apply by the Deadline 8th February 2020

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