D'après une histoire vraie - Christian Rizzo
© Marc Domage

In 2024, Dance Reflections by 
Van Cleef & Arpels presents D'après une histoire vraie by Christian Rizzo as part of its festival in Japan.

Eight dancers and two drummers. Ten men, gripped in the vice of “masculinity.” Some ten years ago, D’après une histoire vraie (Based on a True Story) opened the gate to irresistible fluidity of polarity, breaking down angsts one by one through the grace and passion of movement. The performers are invited here to redeploy choreographic creation, wherein the divisions between tradition and modernity are delicately resolved. A pivotal piece, if ever there was one, that brings the memory of emotion to an incandescent culmination, stretching materials to breaking point. In the friction between telluric rhythms and undulating bodies, dance explores its own physicality. Keeping a pace with the music, it spans from tribal ritual to geometric form, fiction to abstraction, group to community. But it is always through the underground solidarity of movement, where one holds together thanks to the presence of others, that the folklore of the landless emerges. The dancers fall in response to constantly renewed contact, run to the comfort of an outstretched hand, grasped wholeheartedly. Singularities are observed, then unite and break away, before reuniting once more. Togetherness? The issue is a burning one.

Text © Noëmie Charrié

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Portrait de Christian Rizzo

Christian Rizzo

In 2021, Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels is supporting choreographer Christian Rizzo, Director of the Montpellier–Occitanie ICI-CCN, for his forthcoming creation, miramar.

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