Between 8 and 12 June, to accompany the Hong Kong debut of his acclaimed dance work From a True Story (d’après une histoire vraie), French choreographer Christian Rizzo, director of the ICI – CCN Montpellier, leads a five-day professional dance workshop at our new venue Freespace.

During the workshop, Rizzo will work with dance artists and visual artists to explore choreographic languages and visual arts compositions, looking at the relationship between movement, performance and space, the creation of “performance landscapes”, and the non-paradoxical state of being part of a group but alone.

Over the five days, participants will use a playful, non-analytical creative process of physical communication, observation and contact to construct an experimental collective practice and work-in-progress performance piece.

Participants will be encouraged to expand their personal choreographic fields and immerse themselves in the communal experience. By combining their individual singularities and opening themselves to the imaginative possibilities generated by the group, they will improvise and create compositional forms together as one body.

On 7 June, Rizzo also leads a public discussion by looking at his work and the importance of emptiness as a space for imagination. Details will be announced soon.

The workshop and discussion are part of an on-going three-year exchange between West Kowloon and the ICI – CCN Montpellier (Institut Chorégraphique International – CCN Montpellier-Occitanie/Pyrénées-Méditerranée).

To find out more about Rizzo’s work, visit website of ICI – CCN Montpellier or view the trailer for From a True Story (d’après une histoire vraie).

Five-day professional dance workshop

Date:
8–12 June 2019 (Saturday to Wednesday)

Time:
10:00am–1:00pm and 2:30pm–5:00pm

Venue:
The Room, Freespace, Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District (Getting to Freespace)

Language:
Conducted in English

Workshop leader:
Christian Rizzo

Target participants:
Experienced dance and choreography professionals and visual arts artists who are open, and willing to explore and share artistic experiences collectively.

Administrative fee:
$1,000

Application:
Participants will be selected by their submitted profiles and application form. Successful applicants will be contacted by email with payment instructions on or before 24 May 2019.

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The application form is available in English version only

Application deadline:
9 May 2019

Adverse Weather Arrangements:
If a black rainstorm warning, or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is in force 3 hours before the start of an event, the event will be cancelled.

Remarks:

  • All participants are required to work collectively and move rather than observe. The process demands energy and the ability to feel free with your body. Please wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to remove your shoes. Visual artists are requested not to bring art-making equipment or materials to the initial workshops.
  • Workshop participants are required to commit to the full five-day period of the workshop and to also attend the Public Seminar.
  • A light meal and refreshments will be provided during the workshops.
  • The organiser reserves the right to change the programme content and workshop leader. All changes will be announced on the website. Overseas participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation expenses.

Enquiries:
Ms Akama Chin (852) 2200 0814,  pa1@wkcda.hk

About Christian Rizzo

Photo: Mario Sinistaj

Born in 1965 in Cannes, Christian Rizzo is a choreographer, dancer, rock musician and fashion designer. After graduating with a degree in visual arts from the Villa Arson in Nice, he founded L’Association Fragile in 1996, and has since created more than 30 productions, including qui va là for the Opera de Lille, and comment dire “ici”? for Dance Forum Taipei. In 2015, he was appointed director of the ICI – CCN Montpellier (Institut Chorégraphique International – CCN Montpellier-Occitanie/Pyrénées-Méditerranée).

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