International group 'ZfinMalta Dance Ensemble' performed for the first time in India as part of CHOGM External Cultural Programme
The High Commission of the Republic of Malta hosted a cultural performance in the Azad Bhavan Auditorium, New Delhi on August 29, 2015. ZfinMalta, an internationally renowned dance group, performed for the first time in India in line with the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) External Cultural Programme.
Malta is scheduled to host the 24th CHOGM in November 2015. It's a biennial summit meeting of the heads of government from all Commonwealth nations.
Talking to Diplomatist on the sidelines of the function, the High Commissioner of Malta to India His Excellency, John Aquilina U.O.M. said, "Cultural diplomacy plays a very significant role in the world of today. Art, dance and music unite us all because they are the only walks of life which have no barriers.”
He added, "We decided to take our culture to the other nations, than the other way round, and this is why ZfinMalta was chosen. They have arrived in India after performing in Malaysia, South Africa and Australia. We are thankful to the Ministry of Culture, Malta for having funded the entire initiative. The support we received in India is very heartening.”
The founder and artistic director of the company ZfinMalta Dance Ensemble Mavin Khoo explained, " 'Je Tiens le Reine', is a contemporary poetic and powerful adaptation of Mallarmé's 1876 'L'Après-midi d'un Faune' and Debussy's 1894 'Prélude a L'Après-midi d'un Faune'."
Khoo, 39-year old Malaysia born choreographer who shifted to southern India at age 10 to study classical dance further clarified, "The story of Debussy and Mallarme's Faun is well-known. It's about a band of fauns seduced by the magnetism and seductiveness of Calypso and her nymph sisters. They are attracted to the border where the earth meets the sea causing chaos. Understanding their disparaging nature, nymphs fight them to defend their lands and rituals.”
The Maltese group also carried out a creative session with the Aditi Mangaldas dance company earlier during their stay in India.