Hip hop theatre dissected, examined and put under the microscope

Deadline for Late Applications is November 14th 2018.


26th-30th November Workshops at the Dance College in Msida. 10am-6pm daily
1st Dec. rehearsals and tech at the theatre at City Theatre in Valletta
2nd Dec. performance at the City Theatre in Valletta 7pm

Participants must be fully available for all these dates and hours. 


Open Art Surgery arrives for the first time in Malta! Valletta 2018 is proud to host ‘Open Art Surgery’, a week of intensive workshops for existing or aspiring hip hop choreographers by the internationally acclaimed hip hop dance theatre master Jonzi D of the UK.  A final performance will take place on the 2nd of Dec. 2018 as part of Valletta 2018’s Hip Hop Weekend. 

Open Art Surgery is hip hop theatre dissected, examined and put under the microscope.  It is about breaking down the fourth wall and showcasing raw talent and new work.

It offers hip hop theatre companies and performers, from dancers and musicians to emcees and visual artists, the opportunity to develop and experiment with new ideas, share new work publicly and receive mentorship from experienced hip hop theatre creators.

Participants spend one week workshopping and devising with mentors Jonzi D and Ivan Blackstock. With no pressure on an end product, Open Art Surgery allows artists to take creative risks, try something different or to test ideas.

At the end of the week, participants share and discuss their work with a live performance hosted by Jonzi D. Taking place in the intimate theatre space of City Theatre in Valletta, Jonzi invites the audience to question and critique the brand new work shown, giving audience members the opportunity to get inside the minds of the artists, and giving artists themselves the unique opportunity to question their audience.

Work that has appeared at Open Art Surgery has gone on to be performed at The Place, Just Jam, Edinburgh Fringe and nationally and internationally as part of the Breakin’ Convention International Festival of Hip Hop Dance Theatre.

The workshops are being offered by Valletta 2018 free of charge but any participants who absent themselves from workshops or rehearsals will forfeit their place in the programme and performance.

Application: To apply for this amazing opportunity please fill in this online form.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 2 November 2018. Spaces are limited. Deadline for Late Applications is November 14th 2018. 

For inquiries, please contact Chellcy Mifsud-Reitsma at [email protected]