d'après une histoire vraie

By Christian Rizzo , 2013

Duration : 1h

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Intention note

«2004, Istanbul. A few minutes before the end of a performance, out of nowhere, a group of men erupt on stage, break out into a very short folk dance, and then immediately disappear. I am overtaken by a deep and almost archaic emotion. Was it their dance, or the void they left after disappearing that overwhelmed me? Though hazy, this sensation has remained anchored in me ever since. The starting point for this new project has been this memory, or more exactly, the quest to find what this memory had left in me. I feel no interest in recreating a pre-existing dance in its entirety. I would rather understand why I felt such empathy with this very precise moment and with this form of dance and why its impact still resonates to this day. It is therefore more a question of retracing the steps of my memory in order to invent the basis of an abstract form of writing; one where possible fictional snippets could find an inherent place in which to lodge themselves. Accompanied by eight dancers and two musicians, I’ve been looking for a space where movement and its relationship to music plays with the categories of «popular» and «contemporary». I imagine a dance that, while taking its cues from memories of folkloric practices, would find friction with my taste for falling and touch, allowing each and everyone to stand gracefully in the presence of others, or within his/her immediate contact.
The factual and decontextualized observation of movements and systems of composition, often common over several different dances (more masculine and Mediterranean), offers me the ideal terrain to once again question the notions of community. How is a group formed at a given moment? Being together, for a form belonging to no determined group or territory, and thinking up a collegial dance that digs into the ground while simultaneously looking for elevation. Since the music is an essential part of the project, I entrusted the composition (and live performance) to drummer-composers Didier Ambact and King Q4. Two drum kits, at the extreme limits of tribal rhythms and psychedelic rock, will maintain a relationship between dialogue and «battling» in order to offer a zone of tension to the dance and to Caty Olive’s atmospheric lighting.»

Christian Rizzo - June, 2013

Casting and mentions

Conception, choreography, stage design, costume design: Christian Rizzo | Dance: Fabien Almakiewicz, Yaïr Barelli, Massimo Fusco, Miguel Garcia Llorens, Pep Garrigues, Kerem Gelebek, Filipe Lourenço or Smaïn Boucetta, Roberto Martínez | Original music: Didier Ambact and King Q4 | Live music: Didier Ambact and King Q4 | Light design: Caty Olive | Artistic assistant: Sophie Laly | General manager: Jérôme Masson or Victor Fernandes | Sound manager: Vanessa Court or Frédéric Peugeot | Light manager and video: 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 Malfettes


Accessibility to blind and visually impaired viewers / audiodescription conducted by Valérie Castan

Last dates

31 July to 3 August 2019

Lycée Jacques Decour, Paris (France)
— in the framework of the Festival Paris l'été

14 to 15 June 2019

West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong-Kong (China)
— in the framework of Le French May Arts Festival

8 February 2019

Scène 55, Mougins (France)

21 December 2018

Le Merlan, Scène nationale de Marseille (France)

18 December 2018

Théâtre + Cinéma Scène nationale Grand Narbonne (France)

6 June 2018

Espace Malraux - Scène régionale - Scène de Touraine, Joué les Tours (France)
— in corealization with the CCN de Tours

12 April 2018

T2G, Théâtre de Gennevilliers (France)
— with le Conservatoire Edgar-Varèse de Gennevilliers

24 March 2018

Les Bords de Scènes, Juvisy-sur-Orge (France)

9 to 13 January 2018

Théâtre National de Bretagne, Rennes (France)

3 to 4 October 2017

Gran Teatro National del Perú, Lima (Peru)

13 June 2017

Israel Festival, Jerusalem (Israel)
— with the support of l'Institut Français d'Israël

18 May 2017

Théâtre Le Manège, Mons (Belgium)
— in the framework of "Tout Mons danse"

6 April 2017

La Faïencerie, Théâtre Creil Chambly (France)

8 March 2017

Théâtre du Vellein, Villefontaine (France)

7 February 2017

Comédie de Caen - CDN de Normandie (France)
— in partnership with le Centre chorégraphique national de Caen en Normandie
— in the framework of Festival « Écritures partagées »

23 November to 2 December 2016

Marrakech, Rabat, Meknes, Casablanca (tour in Morocco)
— with the support of l'Institut Français du Maroc

1 October 2016

Espace 1789, Saint-Ouen (France)

15 to 18 September 2016

REDCAT, Los Angeles (United States)
— with the support of l'Institut Français and FUSED: French-US Exchange in Dance, a program of the New England Foundation for the Art's National Dance Project, the Cultural Services
of the French Embassy in the United States, and FACE Foundation

9 to 10 September 2016

PICA, Portland (United States)
— with the support of l'Institut Français and FUSED: French-US Exchange in Dance, a program of the New England Foundation for the Art's National Dance Project, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, and FACE Foundation

26 to 27 May 2016

Zorlu PSM Drama Theatre, Istanbul (Turkey)
— in the framework of Istanbul Theatre Festival

31 March 2016

Concertgebouw, Bruges (Belgium)

5 to 6 March 2016

Taiwan International Festival of arts, National Theater, Taipei (Taiwan)
— with the support of l'Institut Français

4 to 5 February 2016

Dansens Hus, Stockholm (Sweden)

16 to 17 November 2015

Sadler's Wells Theatre, London (United Kingdom)

7 to 8 November 2015

Tanzhaus NRW, Düsseldorf (Germany)

15 to 16 October 2015

Festival SPAF, Séoul (Korea)
— with the support of l'Institut Français

11 to 13 February 2015

Théâtre Vidy, Lausanne (Switzerland)

10 January 2015

DeSingel, Anvers (Belgium)

31 October to 2 November 2014

Mercat de les flores, Barcelone (Spain)

18 to 19 October 2014

Festival oktoberdans, Bergen (Norway)

9 to 11 October 2014

Kampnagel, Hambourg (Germany)

27 June 2014

Biennale de Venise (Italy)

30 to 31 May 2014

Festival Transamériques, Montréal (Canada)

9 to 11 April 2014

Théâtre de la Ville, Paris (France)

7 to 15 July 2013

Festival d'Avignon (France) [première]

highlighted dates: public open activities


September 2019

  • 21 to 22
    Visites d'ICI—CCN

    Journée du patrimoine.
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October 2019

  • 3 to 6
    "une maison" by Christian Rizzo

    Mercat de les Flors – Casa de la Dansa, Barcelone (Spain)

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  • 5
    Fêtons ensemble la nouvelle saison d'ICI—CCN !

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November 2019

  • 6 to 7
    "d'à côté" by Christian Rizzo

    Nouvelle Scène nationale de Cergy-Pontoise et du Val d'Oise (France)

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  • 8
    "comme crâne, comme culte." de Christian Rizzo

    Théâtre Louis Aragon - Tremblay-en-France

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  • 14 to 15
    "d'à côté" by Christian Rizzo

    Le Théâtre de Rungis (France)

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