19th Edition Dance Hybrid Malta 29th June – 4th July 2020

We are thrilled to be celebrating the 19th edition of Dance Hybrid Malta 2020 a week of intensive dance training in the contemporary field.  Offering masterclasses, workshops, repertory and partnering through two revolutionary techniques GN-MC practice and Fighting Monkey practice.  These contrasting techniques will give flavour to the experienced dance enthusiasts, pre-professional and professional dancers who seek to be challenged for 35 hours of professional training spread over 5 days.  The work developed will culminate to an informal sharing on the last day.  This performance sharing will be open to the public showcasing the work.  This is supported by the Malta International Arts (fringe) Festival 2020, Contact dance company and the University of Malta School of Performing Arts Dance Studies Department. (www.maltaartsfestival.org)



“We search for mechanics in movement, observing the movement in order to multiply paths and approaches. By understanding the complexity of movement anatomy we look into the possibilities that the body offers to increase the movement vocabulary.”


GUY NADER (Lebanon)


Guy Nader obtains a BA in Theatre from the Institute of Fine Arts in the Lebanese University in Beirut and a diploma from Moveo, physical theatre school in Barcelona. He has been granted the Dance WEB Europe scholarship in 2012. He has received several awards including first prize in the International Festival 15 Masdanza in Gran Canaria for his solo created in 2010 WHERE THE THINGS HIDE. He works and collaborates regularly with the dancer and choreographer Maria Campos with whom has co-created several works. He has also collaborated with Maqamat Dance Theatre, Bebeto Cidra, Oreet Ashery, Iliacan, Laida Azkona, Roser López Espinosa, Mickael Marso/Décalage Company, among others. Associated artist in La Caldera since 2012 and artist in residence 2014/15 at Graner – Creation Centre in Barcelona. Alongside his work as choreographer, Guy Nader regularly teaches workshops and classes worldwide at organisations, professional studios and schools such as Henny Jurriëns Stichting, and MTD/ Theatreschool AHK in Amsterdam, 16th Dance & Non-Verbal Theatre Festival in San Vincenti in Croatia, Maqamat Dance Theatre Studio in Lebanon, Institut del Teatre/Superior Conservatory for Dance, La Caldera creation centre, Area, Tragant Dansa in Barcelona and Danseu festival in Tarragona, Spain.


Maria Campos Arroyo studied at SEAD in Austria and obtained a BA in Dance from the Amsterdam School of the Arts (MTD) in 2003. She has worked with various companies and independent artists, combining teaching and her own creation. She has worked with Meekers in co-production with Hans Hof Ensemble in The Netherlands, Protein Dance and Tom Dale in the UK, with Sol Picó, Àngels Margarit/Cia. Mudances, John Jasperse, Susana Amarante Duarte, May Zahry, Bebeto Cidra and Roser López Espinosa, among others. Since 2006 she collaborates with Guy Nader creating their own works as an ensemble.  She has also worked on several occasions as assistant and performer in community dance projects such as “Crossroads” produced by Mercat de les Flors. In 2006 created her first work EXPERIENCE CEMENT premiered in London at The Place during Resolution!07. Artist in residence 2014/15 at Graner – Creation Centre in Barcelona. Maria Campos regularly teaches workshops and classes worldwide at organisations, professional studios and schools such as Henny Jurriëns Stichting and MTD/ Theatreschool AHK in Amsterdam, Dansateliers in Rotterdam, Maqamat Dance Theatre Studio in Lebanon, Protein Dance and East London Dance in UK, Institut del Teatre/Superior Conservatory for Dance, La Caldera creation centre and La Piconera in Barcelona. Maria Campos solo work TARANNÀ created in several phases during 2012-2014 will be presented in January 2016 at Mercat de Les Flors in Dan Dan Dansa for a young audience.


GN-MC Practice:

TRAINING/CONTEMPORARY TECHNIQUE Class taught by Maria Campos Arroyo

“I will propose patterns and sequences of movement on a horizontal and vertical planes, entering and leaving the floor based on the floor work/release technique. We will introduce the principles of weight and gravity as well as working with a low centre rooted and grounded to empower the pelvic area and to be able to move lightly in and out of the floor. “


AVAILABLE    BODY  training

  contemporary    dance class technique   workshop  

guided      by      Maria Campos arroyo   


The workshop begins with a dynamic warm-up through basic exercises that mobilize different body parts, giving special attention to articulations and toning up muscles as a way to prepare the body and the concentration. We will focus on awakening the corporal awareness as well as relating the body within the space.  I will propose patterns and sequences of movement on a horizontal and vertical plane, entering and leaving the floor based on the floor work/release technique. We will introduce the principles of weight and gravity as well as working with a low centre rooted and grounded to empower the pelvic area and to be able to move lightly out of the floor and to jump later on. We will explore different ways of falling into the floor and moving on it in a dynamic but smooth way, with the muscular tone needed and avoiding extra information that may slower our moves. Efficiency and organic approach to movement that will bring us to challenging places. An important part of the work will be based on simple physical principles that allow us to analyse movement and search for mechanics. The importance of floor work for the understanding of concepts of gravity and weight, momentum, suspension, dropping the weight, to use the amount of strength in the movement to create other movements, to enrich quality movement by searching into spirals, into two opposite direction movements. We will seek in our dance for the strength and energy needed to execute a movement in order to develop a dynamic and energetic way of moving coexisting with the directions that space around provide us. Understanding movement as a driving force. 


Class taught by Guy Nader

This workshop is based on a physical and powerful floorwork using movement patterns that involve breathing, speed and release of energy throughout the body to activate the relationship between the centre and limbs.  We will focus on exploring the main laws of physics: cohesion and expansion, elements from the flying low technique. Within this range, we will study various ways to roll in all directions “Falling and Rolling”, dropping and lifting smoothly and quickly by keeping a low and strong centre. We will also investigate and focus on understanding the anatomy of the locomotor system because, without this knowledge, it can cause unnecessary loss of energy.

In this training, we will do special exercises to prepare for this form of physically demanding movement.

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This workshop is based on partnering and contact work and on the vocabulary of the work used in GN|MC creation’s processes and researches. We propose tasks and points of departure to start opening up a world of imagination where the body is treated from very different points of view. We search for mechanics, observe movement in order to multiply paths and approaches to the understanding of movement and body. We are interested in looking into the possibilities that the body offers and how we make it rise to these possibilities.

We will study different ways to carry the partner (portés), give weight, find common axis, counterweight, balance, move together in space using each other… We will work on developing the ability to trust the other as well as taking risks. We will learn movement sequences in pairs of earlier works (“repertoire”) as well as create and compose sequences based on partner work through concrete physical tasks.  (https://bit.ly/2PaiyxN)


Linda Kapetanea and Jozef Frucek are the founders of Fighting Monkey Practice, both professionally involved in art, athletics and movement research. Since 2002 they have been developing the FM Practice through a deep study on cross-motion analysis and with the aim to understand the principles of the human movement, communication and the ageing process.


What is Fighting Monkey?

The fundamental areas of FM practice concern: the development of the elastic body with the plastic brain through unorthodox games that aim to provoke creativity and ingenuity.  The development of Coordination and Rhythm in the whole body and their crucial role both in the small (cellular level) and in the big scale (relations, habits and goals) of the human life.  The process of ageing and the ways we can preserve the health of our joints and of the whole musculoskeletal system so that we enhance and sustain our mobility through time. The development of communication within ourselves as well as with our social and physical environment with the aim to refine our learning strategies and to create stories which will inspire and feed our vigour for life.

Anna Calsina Forrellad (Belgium)


Anna Calsina Forrellad studied dance and fine arts in Barcelona. Based in Brussels, she has been working all around Europe with James Thierrée, Boris Gibé, Carlos Pez, Camille Boitel, Claire Ruffin (solo piece), Lali Ayguadé, Muriel Felix (short films). A long-term collaboration with Lisi Estaràs led her to participate in several plays, such as Monkey Mind, joining together professionals and disabled dancers, supported by Ballets C de la B. Since February 2017 she started collaborating with Rootlessroot, performing in “When the dogs assailed their masters” and in the new upcoming one “stones and bones”. Anna follows and teaches the practice “Fighting Monkeys”. Currently, she co-choreographed and performed « Bright days » dance performance with live music with Groupe Pluton, coproduced by WorkSpaceBrussels, Kunstencentrum Nona and Kunstecentrum Buda. She starts a project of movement and sound with Kotomi Nishiwaki and Rie Nakajima. She also sings in the music band « Antoine Loyer & Les mégalodons malades ». She has taught in several dances or social circus institutes in Torino, Takamatsu, Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro, Athens, Rosario, Barcelona, Santiago de Compostela.


Inspire by FM

By Anna Calsina Forrellad

An open workshop serves as a basic platform for the Fighting Monkey Practice. We provide you with an overall introduction to the qualities and ideas that we have developed over the last 15 years of F.M. research. There are no restrictions or prerequisites, in terms of former experience and background, for anyone who wants to join an Open Workshop. Groups usually consist of people from various fields and levels of skills but anyone can easily find their place to work and explore.

Which games do you play to stay young?

It is a seminar that serves as a basic platform for further study of the Fighting Monkey Research. We will give you an overall introduction to the qualities and ideas that we have developed over the last 15 years of our F.M. research. It is for dancers, movers, martial artists and people who are interested in human development.

You will experience mainly “movement situations”. Irregular training methods to provoke and increase the adaptive value of your behavioural traits and strategic planning. We will work on complex and most of the time improved structures to improve your movement qualities and increase your creative variability. We will help you to understand the underlying principles of human motion and how stress and pressure affect our perception, behaviour and actions and how creatively adaptive you are in complex situations.

‘’Foster improvisation, imagination and creativity.

The above is vital to problem-solving.

Which is vital to adaptability, longevity and sustainability.

Play games.

Expose yourself to difficulties.’’


Let’s DANCE!



  • For Application write to Francescatranter@gmail.com   
  • The early bird discount 50 Euro – Closes 30th March 2020
  • 80 Euro Non-refundable deposit secure place by 30th March 2020.    Payment balance to be settled in full by 30th May 2020
  • Morning sessions with  Guy Nader & Maria Campos GN-MC Practice Afternoon sessions with Anna Calsina Forrellad Inspire by FM Practice
  • Full course  @ 480 EURO – 35 hours of Practice plus performance
  • Drop-in morning session 90 minutes @ 40 Euro (subject to availability)
  • Drop-in morning session 2-hour workshop/repertoire @ 60 Euro (subject to availability)
  • Drop-in afternoon session 3-hour workshop @ 75 Euro (subject to availability)
  • Please be advised that drop-in sessions are subject to availability and must be pre-booked.
  • Payments by internet banking (request details) or Revolut available.
  • All cheques made payable to Francesca Tranter, Madeley Too 43, Triq it Terz ibrag, Swieqi, Malta SWQ2272 Europe.
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