First Nations Dance and Music Workshop

TAI Body Theatre (Truku, Pinuyumayan, SaiSiyat, Atayal, Paiwan and Rukai), Carly Sheppard (Kurtjar, Wallangamma, Takaluk and Kunjin)
10–11 May Free 1 hr
Pulima Arts Festival

You’re invited to be part of two free workshops offering insights into the artistic practices of TAI Body Theatre (Taiwan) and Carly Sheppard (Australia). This interactive talk and hands-on practical event will demonstrate traditional and emerging forms of First Nations dance and music.

Watan Tusi, the TAI Body Theatre founder, documented more than 60 ‘foot pace notations’ in a two-year field study of the movement of foot stepping on the land. In his practice, he evolves these foot languages through every dance creation into new physical art movements. Watan and the TAI Body Theatre will guide you through the ‘foot scripts’ and explain the connections with traditional Taiwan First Nations dance and music.

Carly Sheppard is a cross-disciplinary performance artist. Her work negotiates dance and theatre-making, sculpture, drawing, voice and installation. Carly’s work investigates her experience as part of the First Nations diaspora of Australia, intersecting identities and the navigation of trans-generational inheritances. She explores the mapping of these shifting spaces and their interaction with changing social and cultural environments. Collaborative projects with First Nations artists in India, Taiwan and North America have given Carly a vital vantage point to understand her work in new contexts.

Don’t miss Carly and Watan’s collaborative performance pieces, in a free double bill following the workshops. View more events in the YIRRAMBOI x Pulima program.


Wheelchair Accessible


  • Choreographer: Watan Tusi
  • Choreographer: Carly Sheppard
  • Performer: Yuan Lo
  • Performer: Hao Jan Sung
  • Performer: Peng Wei Ba
  • Performer: Wun Meng Syuan

Additional Info

Presented by YIRRAMBOI Venue Partner: Chunky Move.

Taiwan Focus program supported by the City of Melbourne through YIRRAMBOI Festival and the Indigenous Peoples Cultural Foundation through Pulima Art Festival and the Ministry of Culture of Taiwan (Republic of China).

Image: Ken Wang