Resident Island Dance Theatre x Maylis ARRABIT

Resident Island Dance Theatre x Maylis ARRABIT

Photo credit: Huang Jyong Jhe

27 June - 22 July

This international collaboration project, Ice Age, is a choreographic piece for 4 dancers with and without disabilities. It’s been developing since 2020 online with the visually impaired choreographer Chung-An CHANG, Artistic Director of Resident Island Dance Theatre from Taiwan, and emerging French disabled choreographer and dancer Maylis ARRABIT. Ice Age explores the different ways people support each other in their own cultural environment. Covid-19 has paralyzed the world and has had a different impact on each country. The piece evokes the coexistence between two parallel realities, separated by "space-time" and at the same time, united by it. Then, an action, a gesture and contemplation are very meaningful. We have been supported and guided by Morag Deyes, MBE and artistic director of Dance Base, for the past two years. We presented a "work in progress" at the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts-Weiwuying, Taiwan National Theatre, in November 2020. Since then, we’ve continued to get to know and understand each other, to seek and develop the language and narrative of the piece.

To finalize our creation, we will reunite for 3 weeks of residency in July 2022 at Dance Base.


Artistic Director/Choreographer | Chung-An, CHANG

Co-Choreographer | Maylis ARRABIT

Artistic Mentoring | Morag Deyes

Music composer | Thomas William Hill

International Development Producer | Jih Wen, YEH / Step Out Arts (2019-2021)

Project/Touring Manager | Sasa, HSIAO

Lighting Design/Stage Manager | Hsin-Yin,TSAI

Dancers | Maylis ARRABIT , Yi-Chen JUAN, Shih-Yun FANG, Yo Cheng ZHENG

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Residency Sharings

The company will hold professional class and a company sharings:

Professional Class with Chung An - Compliance and Resistance | Monday 11th July | 10:00 - 12:00

The contemporary class will be led by visually impaired choreographer Chung An CHANG, who has been self-training and experimenting with different interactions of body dynamics by established RIDT in 2010. The class will start with self-introduction and individual warm-up to aware of each unique body and ability. 

Then we will start to focus on the strength and tenderness of pulling force in our contemporary dance practice. Try to use the power of pulling motion to affect the changes of the body, and try to find the freedom of movement in it.


Inclusive Class with Maylis Arrabit | Tuesday 12 July | 11:00 - 12:30

Join disabled dance artist Maylis Arrabit for a welcoming inclusive class where she will share her practice. A wonderful chance to learn from Maylis and the Resident Island Dance Theatre company!

Residency Sharing with Company | Friday 15 July | 15:00 - 17:20

Join the company for an exclusive sharing of their new work Ice Age ahead of their performance at the Dance Base Fringe Festival in August!


Book your place here by selecting the date of the sharing or class, or just turn up on the day.

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