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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 Editor In Chief and Curator of Contemporary Performance Network and co-founder and artistic director of Big Art Group, a New York City performance company founded in 1999.
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