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“Rizzo builds a touching and fraternal masculinity. The dancers clutch, hold hands, cling, in a dance of the fall and contact, anchored and airy, supportive but of character. [...] Christian Rizzo seems driven by the desire to look at these bodies in the face of the test of the collective.” 
— Stéphanie Pichon, Junkpage  

On 14 and 15 June, West Kowloon and Le French May co-present the Hong Kong debut of French choreographer Christian Rizzo’s acclaimed dance work From a True Story (d’après une histoire vraie).

Created in 2013, and inspired by the emotions stirred by a short all-male folk dance he experienced in Istanbul, From a True Story is Rizzo’s most well-known and widely toured work.

Described as a “contemporary vision of a folk dance on drums” the piece incorporates eight dancers and two live drummers – Didier Ambact and King Q4 – who drive the dance with repetitive, earthy, tribal rhythms, creating a zone of tension with the dancers that lies somewhere between dialogue and battle. On a minimalist stage, the all-male ensemble blend folkloric gesture and formal contemporary movement, creating a living sculpture that builds slowly to a joyous and visceral communal climax. Evoking notions of individuals and community, camaraderie and competition, memory and tradition, From a True Story is a work that strikes at the core of human experience.

Also in June, Christian Rizzo hosts a public seminar and professional dance workshop in Hong Kong.  Learn more

Creative & Production Teams

Conception, Choreography, Stage design, Costume design: Christian Rizzo
Original Music, Live Music: Didier Ambact and King Q4
Dancers: Fabien Almakiewicz, Filipe Lourenco, Massimo Fusco, Miguel Garcia Llorens, Kerem Gelebek, Roberto Martinez, Yaïr Barelli and Pep Garrigues

Light design: Caty Olive 
Artistic assistant: Sophie Laly 
General manager: Jérôme Masson
Sound manager: Vanessa Court
Light and video manager: Arnaud Lavisse, Samuel Dosière, Érik Houllier
Production editing: Bureau Cassiopée
Exécutive production: ICI — centre chorégraphique national Montpellier - Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerrannée
Coproduction: l’association fragile, Théâtre de la Ville - Paris, Festival d’Avignon, Opéra de Lille, le 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 / direction Yuval Pick

With the support of Conseil Régional Nord-Pas-de-Calais, de la convention Institut Français + ville de Lille, de l’association Beaumarchais - SACD et de l’Institut Français dans le cadre du fonds de production Circles

With the help of Phénix, Scène nationale Valenciennes

Residency for the rehearsals: Opéra de Lille, Centre chorégraphique national de Rillieux-la-Pape / direction Yuval Pick, Centre chorégraphique national Roubaix Nord-Pas-de-Calais

Thanks to toute l’équipe de l’Opéra de Lille, à l’Opéra de Lyon, au Théâtre du Nord, au Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains, au centquatre-Paris, à Marie-Thérèse Allier, Rostan Chentouf, Sophie Laly, Arthur Le Fol, Frédéric Bonnemaison, Catherine Tsékenis et Stéphane Mallettes

About From a True Story Hong Kong Premiere

 

Christian Rizzo explains From a True Story

 

Programme Details

Date:
14 June and 15 June 2019 (Friday and Saturday)

Time:
8:00pm

Approximately 65 minutes without intermission
Each performance is followed by sharing session with the artist

Venue:
The Box, Freespace, West Kowloon Cultural District (Getting to Freespace)

Tickets:
$380, $300

Discount offers:  

  • Group booking (applicable to one performance in one transaction only):  5% for 6-10 standard tickets; 10% for 11 or more standard tickets.
  • Half-price tickets for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students, Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients and Alliance Française Hong Kong card holders. 

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