Creativity

The world needs fresh ideas, and the generation of fresh ideas during the age of information requires creativity. We use art and design as the main tools and catalysts for creativity. We use them to make sense of things, to explore, plan, communicate and engage. We use them to build bridges between people and ideas, between unrelated disciplines and worlds. We use them to improve business, life and spaces.

Consciousness

The projects we work on support our vision for a more connected, beautiful world. We see them as building blocks for the construction of a better present and better future for our people and our planet. Through our work, we support both those who we work with as well as the quality standards that we feel should always be upheld. We strive to have a positive influence on our local environment whilst creating work that goes far beyond our shores.

Collaboration

We collaborate enthusiastically and are curious about different ways of collaborating. We expand possibilities by connecting diverse yet complementary skills, disciplines and specialisations to nourish every process as deeply as we possibly can. We work with, not just for, you and value cooperation over competition. This means we are a feedback-driven company that values a healthy exchange of constructive criticism because we believe that this is the best way to constantly improve the quality of our work and of our relationships.


The Amber Spark is a horizontally structured and independent company run by four co-directors.

Skills: Sound Design, Video, Photography, Light Design, Dance, Choreography᠁᠁᠁᠁᠁᠁Languages: French, English᠁᠁᠁᠁᠁᠁Superpowers: Mastering things quickly; Being calm in crisis; Night owl;

Niels grew up in a family of artists but was also exposed to sound engineering and IT from a very young age. As a result, he has built up a wide array of art-and-tech-related skills.

Although dance was initially his main art form, he felt that through this language alone, he was not fully expressing his creative potential. He chose to apply his wide range of skills to develop himself as a well-rounded creative artist, drawing from his various talents and experiences to create work of high quality and of deep value to society.

Niels studied at the Ballet Junior of Geneva (BJG) between 2011 and 2014, where he worked with a number of high profile choreographers including Roy Assaf, Barak Marshall, Idan Sharabi, Andonis Foniadakis and Stijn Celis. He also performed works by Hofesh Shechter, Alexander Ekman and Gustavo Ramirez Sansano. During this period, the directors of the BJG, Sean Wood and Patrice Delay, encouraged Niels to explore his talents in photography and image making by commissioning trailers for their productions and interview clips.

In September 2014, Niels began working as a dancer with Malta’s newly founded national dance company ŻfinMalta Dance Ensemble (ŻMDE), under the artistic direction of Mavin Khoo. He performed works by Mavin Khoo and Ivan Perez Aviles in Malta, Europe and Asia. Niels simultaneously produced PR videos, photos and some design projects for the company outside of his role as a dancer. This led to the tailor-made role of full time Creative Resident Artist during which Niels carried out various creative projects including composition of a musical score for ŻMDE’s full-length production, Home, creation of a 30-minute performance for children, Balloon et L’Âme, poster design and video production. He also directed various education and outreach projects and worked as an assistant choreographer, sound engineer and production manager for ŻMDE and other independent companies.

Since founding The Amber Spark in 2017 together with Florinda Camilleri, Niels has worked on many video, photography, choreography, dance and sound design projects in Malta, Greece, Switzerland, UK and France. His collaborators include UNCIA Project, University of Malta, Ziguzajg, Mavin Khoo, Arts Council Malta, Wave Dance Company and Antonin Rioche.

Skills: Dance, Choreography, Writing, Research, Project Management᠁᠁᠁᠁᠁Languages: English, Maltese, basic French and Italian᠁᠁᠁᠁᠁Superpowers: Organising a million things in the blink of an eye; Communication master; Unabashedly enthusiastic about research; Dancing through life;

Florinda started dancing at the age of 3 and never stopped. Dance has always been an intrinsic part of her life, so she always found a way to juggle both dance and academia for many years. She graduated with a Master of Pharmacy degree while still keeping up semi-professional dance training, pushing her to hone her organisational skills in order to give her utmost in both fields.

While working as a pharmacist, it became clear to her that she her strong calling towards the arts could no longer be ignored, and she responded to this by transitioning into dance full-time. She became one of the first members of Malta’s first full-time dance company, ŻfinMalta Dance Ensemble (ŻMDE). Within ŻfinMalta, Florinda has worked and studied with world-renowned choreographers and coaches, and has represented Malta overseas by performing in Ramallah, Jerusalem, Kuala Lumpur, New Delhi, Frankfurt, Belgrade, Koper, Bangkok, London and Chania. She has also delivered numerous workshops and training sessions, to dancers and non-dancers alike, including people of different ages and different backgrounds. Through these workshops, she discovered a passion for outreach and educational work and wishes to use her skills to explore the potential of movement as a tool for communication and for bringing public spaces to life.

Feeling the need for an independent creative outlet, while also experiencing numerous difficulties as self-employed artist, Florinda and Niels set up The Amber Spark in 2017. She continues to dance on a project-basis, allowing herself time to practice some of her other skills such as teaching, choreography, coaching, researching, writing and project management.

Skills: Writing, Marketing, Consultancy, Documentation᠁᠁᠁᠁᠁Languages: English, Maltese, Portuguese (basic), Italian᠁᠁᠁᠁᠁Superpowers: Extracting the essence of things, Being sensible, Sparking connections

Writer, project manager, branding specialist, documentation geek. Greta is a Geography graduate who builds and supports art projects and consistently follows her curiosity into personal and collaborative research that explores issues in depth.

As a self-confessed generalist, her work experience has been varied and includes being the marketing manager of an international luxury hotel brand, writer and deputy editor for several Malta-based publications, teacher, advertising sales exec as well as freelance copywriter, marketing consultant and website builder with clients based the US, Australia, UK, Brazil and Malta.

For the past few years, Greta has turned her attention to the artistic and cultural sector, largely following participation in Valletta2018’s Curatorial School. She has formed part of the 2017 Malta Pavilion for the Venice Art Biennale project as curators’ assistant and social media campaign writer. She has done research and production for Valletta 2018’s main visual art exhibition Dal-Bahar Madwarha and participated in the same exhibition through ‘The Island of the Day Before’ a text she co-wrote with Fleeting Territories, an artistic collective from Austria, Canada and Sweden. In 2017 Greta collaborated with international organisation FoAM on Tasting Tomorrow, a series of futuring workshops about food as a manifestation of Maltese and European diversity. She is now also a member of this organisation that works at the intersections of art, science and everyday life.

Greta is an administrator for the Permaculture Research Foundation, an NGO based in Bahrija Malta. She was also board member of the Malta Water Association for several years. Together with Letta Shtohryn and Johannes Buch she created Parking Space Events, an ongoing artistic exploration of outdoor parking space and the rituals and interactions possible within it.

Greta joined The Amber Spark in 2017.

Skills: Graphic Design, Exhibition Design᠁᠁᠁᠁᠁Languages: German, English, Dutch᠁᠁᠁᠁᠁Superpowers: Clean design, Efficient systems, Paper & type nerd, Unexpected humour

Johannes Buch does graphic and exhibition design, photography and curatorial practices. He carries a detail-oriented eye for aesthetics, curatorial knowledge and experience with urban art projects.

Johannes studied Graphic Design in Arnheim (The Netherlands) and Art & Communication Design in Enschede (Holland) both at ArtEZ Institute for Art & Design. He also holds a Master of Arts in Exhibition Design with distinction from HS Düsseldorf and has worked intensively on several collaborative exhibitions during the last few years. His Master research was about Ethnographic Music and Film in exhibition spaces which resulted in a collaborative retrospective exhibition about Vincent Moon’s evolving documentary work, exhibited in W57/Lager 3 in Düsseldorf.

Having worked on design projects through his independent Atelier, Johannes has collaborated with many artistic and cultural organisations, institutions and individuals in Germany, Belgium, Netherlands and Switzerland. Since his relocation to Malta in 2016 he has participated in several exhibitions including Archived Futures Harvest commissioned by Austrian artists’ collective Time’s Up, The Azure Watch: Office for Public Memory as part of the Valletta International Visual Arts Festival and Anna’s Weekend at Blitz.

Johannes gives silkscreen-printing workshops at various locations, teaching beginners to create fine art prints on both paper and fabric. Together with Letta Shtohryn and Greta Muscat Azzopardi, he created Parking Space Events, an ongoing artistic exploration of outdoor parking space and the rituals and interactions possible within it. He is a member of the Permaculture Research Foundation and international organisation FoAM and has volunteered for JRS and Tal-Kultura.

Johannes joined The Amber Spark in 2017.

We also work with a wider team of collaborators that come on board on a per-project basis.


Audiovisual

We work as a production house to bring in members of our core team and collaborators together, tailored to the scale of the project.


  • Photography
  • Video Production
  • Sound & Light Design
  • Research & Documentation

Brand Communications

More than just a logo and colour palette, branding is about digging deep into who you are and what you stand for.


  • Consultancy
  • Facilitation
  • Campaign Creative
  • Graphic Design
  • Brand Guidelines
  • Coaching for interviews
  • Copywriting
  • Research & Documentation

Performance

Supporting and participating in events with a special focus on dance performance.


  • Dance
  • Choreography
  • Sound Design & Engineering
  • Light Design & Engineering
  • Project Management
  • Marketing & Promotion
  • Research & Documentation

Exhibitions & Artistic installations

Organisation and support of exhibitions and installations including services related to production as well as promotion.


  • Exhibition Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Marketing & Promotion
  • Photography
  • Audio Installation
  • Copywriting
  • Catalogues & Publications
  • Research & Documentation

Workshops

Tailor-made workshops created with a particular audience in mind. We also support creatives and artists in setting up their own workshops.


  • Contemporary Dance
  • Movement
  • Performance
  • Screen Printing
  • Booking support
  • Marketing & Promotion
  • Research & Documentation

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