“Rizzo builds a touching and fraternal masculinity. The dancers clutch, hold hands, cling, in a dance of the fall and contact, anchored and airy, supportive but of character. [...] Christian Rizzo seems driven by the desire to look at these bodies in the face of the test of the collective.” 
— Stéphanie Pichon, Junkpage  

On 14 and 15 June, West Kowloon and Le French May co-present the Hong Kong debut of French choreographer Christian Rizzo’s acclaimed dance work From a True Story (d’après une histoire vraie).

Created in 2013, and inspired by the emotions stirred by a short all-male folk dance he experienced in Istanbul, From a True Story is Rizzo’s most well-known and widely toured work.

Described as a “contemporary vision of a folk dance on drums” the piece incorporates eight dancers and two live drummers – Didier Ambact and King Q4 – who drive the dance with repetitive, earthy, tribal rhythms, creating a zone of tension with the dancers that lies somewhere between dialogue and battle. On a minimalist stage, the all-male ensemble blend folkloric gesture and formal contemporary movement, creating a living sculpture that builds slowly to a joyous and visceral communal climax. Evoking notions of individuals and community, camaraderie and competition, memory and tradition, From a True Story is a work that strikes at the core of human experience.

Also in June, Christian Rizzo hosts a public seminar and professional dance workshop in Hong Kong.  Learn more

Creative & Production Teams

Conception, Choreography, Stage design, Costume design: Christian Rizzo
Original Music, Live Music: Didier Ambact and King Q4
Dancers: Fabien Almakiewicz, Filipe Lourenco, Massimo Fusco, Miguel Garcia Llorens, Kerem Gelebek, Roberto Martinez, Yaïr Barelli and Pep Garrigues

Light design: Caty Olive 
Artistic assistant: Sophie Laly 
General manager: Jérôme Masson
Sound manager: Vanessa Court
Light and video manager: Arnaud Lavisse, Samuel Dosière, Érik Houllier
Production editing: Bureau Cassiopée
Exécutive production: ICI — centre chorégraphique national Montpellier - Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerrannée
Coproduction: l’association fragile, Théâtre de la Ville - Paris, Festival d’Avignon, Opéra de Lille, le Centre de Développement Chorégraphique de Toulouse - Midi-Pyrénées, la Ménagerie de verre - Paris, la Filature, Scène nationale Mulhouse, l’Apostrophe, Scène nationale de Cergy-Pontoise et du Val d’Oise, Centre chorégraphique national de Rillieux-la-Pape / direction Yuval Pick

With the support of Conseil Régional Nord-Pas-de-Calais, de la convention Institut Français + ville de Lille, de l’association Beaumarchais - SACD et de l’Institut Français dans le cadre du fonds de production Circles

With the help of Phénix, Scène nationale Valenciennes

Residency for the rehearsals: Opéra de Lille, Centre chorégraphique national de Rillieux-la-Pape / direction Yuval Pick, Centre chorégraphique national Roubaix Nord-Pas-de-Calais

Thanks to toute l’équipe de l’Opéra de Lille, à l’Opéra de Lyon, au Théâtre du Nord, au Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains, au centquatre-Paris, à Marie-Thérèse Allier, Rostan Chentouf, Sophie Laly, Arthur Le Fol, Frédéric Bonnemaison, Catherine Tsékenis et Stéphane Mallettes

About From a True Story Hong Kong Premiere


Christian Rizzo explains From a True Story


Programme Details

14 June and 15 June 2019 (Friday and Saturday)


Approximately 65 minutes without intermission
Each performance is followed by sharing session with the artist

The Box, Freespace, West Kowloon Cultural District (Getting to Freespace)

$380, $300

Discount offers:  

  • Group booking (applicable to one performance in one transaction only):  5% for 6-10 standard tickets; 10% for 11 or more standard tickets.
  • Half-price tickets for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students, Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients and Alliance Française Hong Kong card holders. 

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