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In conversation with choreographer Christian Rizzo

Jul 11, 2019

French Choreographer Christian Rizzo first took to the stage quite "unexpectedly" through "serendipitous encounters". His dance career officially began in the 1990s when he performed in Europe with several contemporary choreographers, including Mathilde Monnier and Herve Robbe among many others. 

In 1996, he founded l’association fragile and has since presented 40 performances and exhibitions for opera, fashion and the visual arts. This year, he added the Le French May Art Festival to his roster of achievements. 

As a supporter of arts & culture, French jewellery brand Van Cleef & Arpels was the proud title sponsor of Christian Rizzo's From a True Story during the Le French May Art Festival in Hong Kong. 

The dancers graced the stage at The Box, Free Space in West Kowloon Art District, where the show premiered for the very first time. 

Christian Rizzo created From a True story, three years before he won the Fedora - Van Cleef & Arpels Prize for Ballet in 2015, for his project Le syndrome ian. Fedora, the European Circle of Philanthropist of Opera and Ballet was created in January 2014 as a non-profit organisation. It aims to support renewal and rejuvenation when it comes to opera and ballet through raising funds for new co-productions between opera houses, festivals and artists. 

The choreography of From a True story was inspired by a traditional folk dance that Rizzo saw when he was in Istanbul, Turkey. The movements of the dancers in his original piece do bear certain similarities to the sufi whirling dance of the dervish. Accompanied by drummers Didier AMBACT and King Q4, who were also present on stage. The music used is a mix of modern and tribal elements, lifting up the performance of the all-male ensemble. For the choreography, Rizzo aimed to create a tension “between dialogue and battle”. In the performance, there is an obvious discord between two forms of dance: folk and contemporary, echoed by the drums. 

The abstractness of the piece is something that Rizzo has frequently drawn on as a choreographer, visual artist, curator and creative.

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