Carte Blanche To Christian Rizzo
Dance and Theatre
Carte Blanche To Christian Rizzo

Date:

31 MAY - 05 JUN 2022

Time:

Various times

Venue:

Freespace, Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District

Admission :

Free admission

Carte Blanche To Christian Rizzo

Choreographer Christian Rizzo has been given the carte blanche to transform Freespace, West Kowloon Cultural District, taking full creative control in curating a multi-element free programme while working remotely from France. 

Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels co-presents this programme with French May Arts Festival and Freespace, which includes three main components—an art installation, a pair of dance films and a pop-up dance performance, as well as a supplementary online talk. Featuring a combination of elements such as dance, sound, visuals and objects, it sees Rizzo—a creator with a singular background—break the boundaries between dance and visual art while continuing his collaborations with local artists. 

Installation

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Location: The Room
Date & Time:
31 May – 2 June 2022 (Tue – Thu) | 1 – 9pm
3 – 4 June 2022 (Fri & Sat) | 11am – 9pm
5 June 2022 (Sun) | 11am – 7pm

The installation, created in collaboration with Caty Olive, comprises a ‘bodiless’ dance, a moment of silent contemplation and an imaginary itinerary, all converging towards an examination of the notions of absence and invisibility. The work has been exhibited in Paris, Berlin, New York, Seoul and Hanoi, among other world cities, and this exhibition marks its 57th showing.

Dance Film Screenings

TTT : tourcoing-taipei-tokyo (2009 – 2011), bouquet final (2020)

Location: The Studio
Date & Time:
31 May – 2 June 2022 (Tue – Thu) | 1 – 9pm
3 – 4 June 2022 (Fri & Sat) | 11am – 9pm
5 June 2022 (Sun) | 11am – 7pm

Films are played on repeat

Co-produced by Rizzo and the visual artist Iuan-Hau Chiang, TTT : tourcoing-taipei-tokyo is a minimalist triptych that explores the relationships between body, motion and space through the employment of motion-capture and hybrid reality technologies.

After choreographing a solo dance titled en son lieu for break-dancer Nicolas Fayol in 2020, Rizzo invited video artist Sophie Laly to make bouquet final as an extension to the dance piece. Featuring a mesmerising performance by Fayol, the film reimagines the original dance piece by setting it in rhapsodic dreamscapes where rituals, a dark forest, a cave and an erupting volcano come together in physical and non-physical gestures to create an enigmatic story.

Pop-up Dance Performance

Location: Freespace
Date & Time: 3 – 5 June 2022 (Fri – Sun) | 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm

Christian Rizzo partners with five Hong Kong-based performing artists in this collaborative project inspired by the city’s landscape. Each tasked with developing a solo dance, the artists will choose different locations at Freespace to stage their performances, which are meant to blend into their specific surroundings.

Dance Artists: Chan Wai Lok, Joseph Lee*, Li Ka Man, Carman, Wong Pik Kei, Yang Hao

*Appearance by kind permission of Unlock Dancing Plaza

Online Talk

Location: Online Programme
Date: From 31 May onwards

As a supplement to the programme, Christian Rizzo will host a public talk in which he will delve into his career highlights and challenges, and his experience of collaborating with artists from different backgrounds over the years. The talk will be conducted in English, with English and Chinese subtitles. This one-hour online event will be available for viewing from 31 May 2022 (Tuesday) on the French May website and West Kowloon Video Platform

Host: Karen Cheung, Head of Dance, Performing Arts, West Kowloon Cultural District



Creative Team List

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Conception: Christian Rizzo and Caty Olive
Production editing: l’association fragile
Executive production: ICI — centre chorégraphique national Montpellier – Occitanie / Direction Christian Rizzo
Thanks to à Mannux, Pascale Paoli, Catarina Campino, Emmanuelle Huynh, João Fiadero / lab7 and the team la Ménagerie de verre
Public partners: Ministère de la Culture - Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles Occitanie, Région Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée and Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole


TTT : tourcoing-taipei-tokyo (2009 – 2011)

Conception and realisation: Christian Rizzo and Iuan-Hau Chiang
Production and touring: Anne Fontanesi and Anne Bautz
Production: l’association fragile
Executive production: ICI — centre chorégraphique national Montpellier - Occitanie / Direction Christian Rizzo
Co-production: Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains, l’institut français de Tokyo, le Digital Education Institute & Institute for Information Industry (Taiwan), l’Institut Français, Les Subsistances de Lyon, l’Institut Français de Taipei

With the collaboration of the Ministry of Culture of Taiwan and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan

Special thanks to Emmanuelle de Montgazon who gave the impulse to this project

Public partners: Ministère de la Culture - Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles Occitanie, Région Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée and Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole


bouquet final (2020)

A film by Sophie Laly
Footage and editing: Sophie Laly
Choreography, scenography and costumes: Christian Rizzo
Performance: Nicolas Fayol
Lighting creation: Caty Olive
Musical creation: Pénélope Michel and Nicolas Devos (Cercueil / Puce Moment)
Production: ICI—CCN Montpellier Occitanie / direction Christian Rizzo

This project received support from Onda as part of the "Écran vivant" programme.






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