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.
Phantoms Within sees the light for the first time as an outdoor site specific performance in March 2022.
24/3/2022 (Thu) | 3pm
25/3/2022 (Fri) | 1pm, 5pm
26/3/2022 (Sat) | 3pm, 5pm
Laundry Steps, Tai Kwun, Hong Kong
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