Maylis was visiting me here in the US after dancing and studying with Axis Dance Co in their annual summer intensive. While we were finishing our lunch we chatted about her work and future plans. Maylis shared her visions for her next choreographies and where she is currently with her own work. Thank you Maylis for being so open and willing to share.
MAYLIS ARRABIT I took my first class / dance class in 2011 with AXIS in Oakland, California. It's there that everything has changed! In 2012, after finishing my Masters in organizational psychology and returning to my native region, I joined Co&ciedanse (Biarritz) as a student and dancer, a contemporary dance company for amateurs led by Deva Macazaga. Thanks to her, I have learnt a lot for two years in contemporary dance and contact improvisation, grew a lor as a dancer, each time discovering new possibilities of movement and I even participated in the creation of BoxFloor, for Biarritz dance festival, Le temps d'aimer la danse (2013) . Following the departure of Deva from Biarritz, I have kept taking mainstream contemporary dance classes with Wyllia Lapouge and various teachers in France and Spain.
I enriched and keep enriching my knowledge of inclusive practice by taking workshops with Adam Benjamin, Candoco dance company, Jordi Cortes and more regularly Stopgap dance company for which I have a real admiration. As a dance artist, I participated in Integrance (2014-2015), a EU funded project, which brought together 4 companies from Belgium, Scotland, France and England to promote the practice of inclusive dance. In March 2015, I also danced in Gorputza, an dance piece choreographed by Jordi Cortés as part of the festival dFeria, in San Sebastian (Spain). Later, I started a choreographic work on a solo called In (-) Between, a search currently in parentheses. At the end of 2016, I chose to focus on dance and I am currently working on my first project as an artistic leader, Habra Que Ponerse Cachas, a duet for two male dancers with and without disabilities. In 2017, I have joined InterDanse, a newly based dance company, under the artistic leadership of Tomos Young (Normandie, France). We premiered InterDanse's first creation, #Onesttoutslashrien in July 2017, as part of Les Sorties de bain festival, Granville, France and hope that it's just the beginning.