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Phantoms Within


New Commission for 2022

Phantoms Within is a new collaborative project specially created for « No Limits Festival » in Hong Kong, set to be performed at the iconic Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts.


Directed by Mickael Marso Riviere, the piece explores and challenges the limits of physicality through hip-hop and contemporary dance movement, and how diff-abilities meet in the same space. Real life stories from the artists involved in the R&D and creation of the work have helped shape its narrative.


Working with an international team of disabled and non-disabled performers, Phantoms Within focuses on the power of adaption and connection.


The inspiration for the piece first emerged in 2016 while exploring art work by Alexa Wright, which prompted Marso to learn about Phantom Limbs syndrome and its associated therapies, including mirror therapy and the emotional relief it can have on patients.


In 2019 Marso spent time at the Wellcome Collection (UK) to acquire a deeper understanding of how medicines, therapies and prosthetic designs have evolved through history. With time, the work began to navigate towards peoples' adaptability of their disability in every day life and others' perceptions. 


Beyond the research on Phantom Limbs syndrome, more questions arose: How does one compare the grieving we experience in life? How can one process the memory of pain? Could there be “phantoms" of various sizes and shapes within us? 


The R&D of this was work (originally titled 'Phantom Limbs') was supported by The Place (Choreodrome 2019), Wellcome Collection, DanceXchange, Birmingham Hippodrome and Theatre National de Chaillot. It was awarded the "OneDance UK Award for Research in Dance" 2020.


Due to Covid19 pandemic regulations in Hong Kong, Phantoms Within could not be created as an outdoor site specific performance in March 2022.

The work was adapted to a dance on screen of 20min instead, the creation took place remotely from the UK to Hong Kong and Film making in collaboration with Marie Yi-Qing Bouvéron 

Premiere: Friday 17 June 2022

If you're interested in this project or wishing to join our list of partners and supporting venues please do get in touch, we would love to hear from you !

Choreographer/Visual/Direction: Mickael Marso Rivière  

Collaborators/dance artists : 

JP Ying, Choi Ha Leung, Vehbi Can, Marso Riviere, Bboy ShadowKid

Composer: Domenico Angarano 

Producer:  Vasanthi Argouin 

Commissioned and produced by Hong Kong Arts Festival / No Limits

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