D’après une histoire vraie
To the sound of energizing tribal rock music, Christian Rizzo extols the masculine in a ritual that combines contemporary dance with folk dance. A raw explosion of pleasure that is absolutely irresistible.
FROM MAN TO MAN
Some sensations have such a powerful impact that, in terms of memory, they shape the present. Deeply moved by a performance of traditional folk dancing in Istanbul, the French choreographer Christian Rizzo here inflects his precise, angular dance style with the universal gestures of dances that for centuries have brought communities together. Eight dancers from the Mediterranean and two drummers set in motion the rhythms of a ritual underscored by tribal rock music that grabs a visceral hold and transports to ecstasy. Feet pounding the floor, arms lifted to the heavens, pelvis undulating and bodies whirling, they paint an exhilarating portrait of vibrant masculinity marked by virility, fragility and solidarity.
The first work by the renowned Christian Rizzo to be presented in Montreal, d’après une histoire vraie convinces the viewer of the urgent need to seek out the Other in a world where individualism often leads to immobility. A raw explosion of energy and absolutely irresistible pleasure.
PRODUCED BY L’ASSOCIATION FRAGILE
CREATED, CHOREOGRAPHED, SET AND COSTUME DESIGNED BY CHRISTIAN RIZZO
PERFORMED BY FABIEN ALMAKIEWICZ + YAÏR BARELLI + MASSIMO FUSCO + MIGUEL GARCIA LLORENS + PEP GARRIGUES + KEREM GELEBEK + FILIPE LOURENÇO + ROBERTO MARTÍNEZ
ORIGINAL MUSIC COMPOSED AND PERFORMED LIVE BY DIDIER AMBACT + KING Q4
LIGHTING DESIGN CATY OLIVE
COPRODUCTION THÉÂTRE DE LA VILLE (PARIS) + FESTIVAL D’AVIGNON + OPÉRA DE LILLE + CENTRE DE DÉVELOPPEMENT CHORÉGRAPHIQUE DE TOULOUSE – MIDI-PYRÉNÉES + LA MÉNAGERIE DE VERRE (PARIS) + LA FILATURE, SCÈNE NATIONALE – MULHOUSE + L’APOSTROPHE, SCÈNE NATIONALE DE CERGY-PONTOISE ET DU VAL D’OISE + CENTRE CHORÉGRAPHIQUE NATIONAL DE RILLIEUX-LA-PAPE WITH THE SUPPORT OF CONSEIL RÉGIONAL NORD-PAS-DE-CALAIS + CONVENTION INSTITUT FRANÇAIS – VILLE DE LILLE + ASSOCIATION BEAUMARCHAIS – SACD + INSTITUT FRANÇAIS THROUGH ITS PROGRAM FONDS DE PRODUCTION CIRCLES
WITH THE HELP OF LE PHÉNIX, SCÈNE NATIONALE VALENCIENNES
CREATIVE RESIDENCIES OPÉRA DE LILLE + CENTRE CHORÉGRAPHIQUE NATIONAL DE RILLIEUX-LA-PAPE + CENTRE CHORÉGRAPHIQUE NATIONAL ROUBAIX NORD-PAS-DE-CALAIS
PRESENTED WITH THE SUPPORT OF INSTITUT FRANÇAIS + CONSULAT GÉNÉRAL DE FRANCE À QUÉBEC + CONVENTION INSTITUT FRANÇAIS – RÉGION NORD-PAS-DE-CALAIS THROUGH THE PROGRAM OPÉRATION FRIMAS 2014
WRITTEN BY FABIENNE CABADO
TRANSLATED BY NEIL KROETSCH
WORLD PREMIÈRE AT FESTIVAL D’AVIGNON, JULY 7, 2013
CHRISTIAN RIZZO (Lille)
My Home is Art
A multidisciplinary artist born in Cannes in 1965, Christian Rizzo was a singer in a rock band and designed his own line of clothing before studying visual arts and working with choreographers like Mathilde Monnier, Mark Tompkins, Vera Mantero and Rachid Ouramdane as a dancer, costume designer and sound designer. In addition to the performances and choreography he presented through L’association fragile, which he founded in 1996, he has also worked in fashion, the visual arts and opera, ever eager for new encounters and new territories to explore. His background (Italian-Spanish family from Morocco) encouraged openness to the world and led him to seek in dance a space to question the origins of things, and to promote the uniqueness of an identity based on commingling and fused destinies.
Enthusiastically received when first presented in 2013, d’après une histoire vraie confirms the change of direction that began one year earlier with le bénéfice du doute and the solo sakinan göze çöp batar (c’est l’œil que tu protèges qui sera perforé). With no body present in his 1999 cult piece 100% polyester, objet dansant (no à définir) but instead two dresses on hangers dancing a ghostly ballet, bodies now take full possession of the stage. Marked by falls and touch, the movement that he reins in with baroque minimalism unfolds, coloured with tinges of folk dancing. His set design is shorn of superfluous objects for a more direct encounter with the Other, the fragility of man being a central element in his work.