“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
Artistic assistant: Sophie Laly
General manager: Jérôme Masson, Victor Fernandes
Sound manager: Vanessa Court, Frédéric Peugeot
Light and video manager: Arnaud Lavisse, Samuel Dosière, Érik Houllier
14 June and 15 June 2019 (Friday and Saturday)
Approximately 65 minutes without intermission
Each performance is followed by sharing session with the artist
The Box, Freespace, West Kowloon Cultural District (Getting to Freespace)
- 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.
Friday, 14 June 2019
8:00PMThe Box, Freespace
Saturday, 15 June 2019
8:00PMThe Box, Freespace