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Carte Blanche to Christian Rizzo

31 May 2022 - 5 June 2022



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.

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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 inside 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 31.05 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.

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

Highlight programme of the French May 2022.

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