Performing Arts company, Studio 18, is giving young individuals ‘the opportunity to grow as creatives and as individuals’.
Set up after Malta’s successful bid for Valletta to be the European Capital of Culture in 2018, Studio 18 has been working with young creatives to create a culture in which art is not only about a piece or a performance but about being an individual and a member of a community.
“What we do is not simply hold a class which people come to and leave,” says Jean-Marc Cafa’, the creative director behind Studio 18. “We have sessions not lessons, and we are not a school but a creative team dedicated to making sure that people who attend can grow in the arts as individuals who are also European citizens.”
Mr Cafa’ explains that the team’s sessions vary from one-off workshops – which people can drop into with no need to be regulars – to tutorials on personal and creative development. Then there are programmes that participants attend, two-to-three times a week, to enhance useful skills such as debating, devising work and problem solving, among others.
“Through the latter programmes participants tap into new revenues of creativity and, every season, we get participants to work on a charity event in order to give something back to the community at large. We also split groups into teams, and each team gets awarded points based on how they worked individually without jeopardising the team’s goals.
This seems to be going down well with members of our creative lab as well as outsiders who have seen what we do. So much so, that a few months ago we were contacted by a school in Ireland to go through the curriculum they were putting together and assess whether it was stimulating and ideal for young creatives.”
Now, following Studio 18’s incredibly fruitful summer, with the highlights being an open workshop on contact improvisation guided by an actor who has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and a casting and auditions workshop by a performer and entrepreneur from the West End, the company is gearing up for future performance projects.
“Some of our participants are working on a piece called The Brat and That!, which will be targeting children and will take place at St James Cavalier this Christmas,” continues Mr Cafa’. “There are also some productions in the pipeline that will target audiences in the teenage bracket , and we are very excited to see what audiences will make of them!”
Studio 18 operates from The Box on Triq Znuber in Mosta, a dynamic space where creative-minded people and artists meet to collaborate. S18 runs performing arts and personal development workshops several times a month. Auditions for a new intake of members of the creative lab will take place during the first half of 2014.