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In Performance: Christian Rizzo-L’oubli, toucher du bois (Lille, France)

Christian Rizzo-L’oubli, toucher du bois
Lille Opera
From the 25th to the 27th February 2010

As is his custom, Christian Rizzo refuses to content himself with reformulating his past successes. His curiosity, his appetite and temperament lead him ever onwards to new and unexpected adventures. Between a commission from the Lyon Opera Ballet in May 2009 and the staging of an opera at the Capitole in Toulouse in March 2010, he presents a new creation at the Lille Opera.


He proposes pieces in which all the elements participate in his atypical choreography: dancers, set designer, music, lighting, video, costumes – but he never applies the same recipe. With L’oubli, toucher du bois, he questions the presence of a body in a closed space, for which the rough materials of the walls are a mix of surfaces upon which to reflect light and sound. He entrusts the musical composition to Sylvain Chauveau, for whom the piano blends with discrete electronic flourishes.

Eight dancers attempt a dance of hope for one who has disappeared. The bodies, lost and desperate, dig through the negative space that surrounds them so that the absence (of which they are made) crystallises into vibrant energy: a work in three acts, to evoke the other in all its forms, with the hope of the calm to come, of rest. The path shared with Christian Rizzo continues, through his multifaceted creative universe.

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Caden Manson is a director, media artist, and teacher. He is co-founder of the media ensemble and network, blog, and publisher, He has co-created, directed, video- and set designed 18 Big Art Group productions. Manson has shown video installations in Austria, Germany, NYC, and Portland; performed PAIN KILLER in Berlin, Singapore and Vietnam; Taught in Berlin, Rome, Paris, Montreal, NYC, and Bern; the ensemble has been co-produced by the Vienna Festival, Festival d’Automne a Paris, Hebbel Am Ufer, Rome’s La Vie de Festival, PS122, and Wexner Center for The Arts. Caden is a 2001 Foundation For Contemporary Art Fellow, is a 2002 Pew Fellow and a 2011 MacDowell Fellow. Writing has been published in PAJ, Theater Magazine, and Theater der Zeit. Caden is currently an associate professor and graduate directing option coordinator of The John Wells Directing Program at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.

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