en son lieu

Christian Rizzo,
Creation 2020, solo for Nicolas Fayol
Duration: 50 minutes

En Son Lieu 2 Marc Domage
En Son Lieu 1 Marc Domage
© Marc Domage

En son lieu goes beyond the question of location alone. It flows over the portion circumscribed in space to return to the properties of matter, thus restoring full compositional power. First performed outdoors, on uneven ground along with background noise, breathing and the movement of nature, the solo by skilled break-dancer, Nicolas Fayol, sparks the quality of a gesture in immediate relation with the surrounding landscape. Contrary to the urban environment, contextualising hip-hop dance to the extreme, this type of immersion in a living environment reveals a form of poetic primacy, prior to any usefulness, external to any virtuosity. Back in the black box of the studio, the correspondence between inside and outside, experience and memory, clarifies the terms of a dialogue which, from the start, is played out in pairs. Fragments of narration arise from a bend in the body; a portrait takes shape, divides and splits within a process of abstraction, wherein perceptions and sensations are intensified. But what path should be taken: that of indulging in wanderlust in order to ward off loneliness, or of tearing away from oneself and drifting?

Teaser of "en son lieu" © Sophie Laly

Casting and mentions

Choreography, costumes, stage design: Christian Rizzo | Dance: Nicolas Fayol | Light design: Caty Olive | Original music: Pénélope Michel and Nicolas Devos (Cercueil / Puce Moment) | Technical direction: Bruno Capodagli | Production and touring director: Anne Fontanesi | Production and touring administrator: Anne Bautz

Production: ICI - centre chorégraphique national Montpellier - Occitanie / Direction Christian Rizzo

Coproduction: CENTQUATRE-PARIS, Pronomade(s) en Haute-Garonne, TRAVERSE — Hautes-Pyrénées

Thanks: FAR WEST in the framework of its residency program and L’Essieu du Batut - artist residencies in Aveyron

Presentation text: © Noëmie Charrié | Photographs: © Marc Domage

The beginnings of the project - Artistic statement

Une maison (2019) brought amplified flow to the stage, diffracted through the bodies of fourteen dancers. I still feel the desire to unite flow in one body. I like that unique « one to one » relationship. Soli punctuate my choreographic career: a series of double, dissociated portraits, as fulfilling for myself as for those to whom I offer them.
My last solo dates back to 2012. Since then, I have created many group pieces. I feel the need to return to simpler forms, not so much in terms of results as in processes engaged: a conversation rather than polyphony.
I would call this the desire to re-focus. Exploring a detail, perhaps, which surfaced in une maison: extracting a body, drifting with the fragment and seeing where it takes us. Drifting together is always much fuller.

en son lieu
The title of this new creation follows in the footsteps of d’à côté, d’après nature and une maison: it continues to define a very vague space, named only by the practice it hosts.
A place on the scale of he/she who sets foot here: en son lieu. Placing the accent on the space of appearance and definition of the solo, and thus allowing the portrait to shift.
D’après nature was a first meander towards the “indoor - outdoor” vanishing line, a first incursion into the open field of translation. The principle of this ongoing project is to decontextualise dances which first appeared in the studio, by re-locating them into landscape and observing what remains after contact. Finally, the images are filmed and brought back to a black box. En son lieu. clings as closely as possible to the genesis of dances in their landscape. Making prints on the body, then bringing these prints back into the black box.

To start with, it was essential for me to get out of the studio.
I want to be contaminated by a non-urban outdoor setting. I never talk of drifting but today, I need to move through and within my work, making this type of trip as if sidestepping. I wish to open a laboratory space. I feel it is necessary to do so.
Something surfaced in my last pieces. Something intuitive. I must now follow these persistent signs, seeing where the multiplied vanishing lines can take me.
Following intuition as if it would lead to the intrinsic properties of matter: its elasticity, the way in which it allows itself to be guided and in turn, guides movement.
What does it mean to track space? Today, it is essential for me to answer this call from without, or outdoor.
I am longing for natural landscapes. Mountains, with their rocky ridges. The sea, with its open, aligned horizon, torn between the mineral and aquatic element. Finally the forest, an almost closed, horizon-less environment, hidden by a profusion of plant life.
I want to stay as close as possible to the porosity between Nicolas’s movements, immersed in the landscape, and the movement of the landscape itself. Working not only with landscape matter, but also with landscape movement.
Dialoguing and finding the quality of a movement in its relation to the environment. And, through all of this, beyond utility, finding poetic primacy, a call to the imaginary.

We return to the studio with archived, integrated content-elements collected outdoors. More than feeling, seeing or hearing, this is about measuring their powers of abstraction, and accessing that perceptual intensity born only of the consciousness of returning to the studio. Immersing oneself in a more than natural environment, put to the test of tearing away from oneself. What is this fracture, this place of emptiness, set to be created by re-contextualisation in the black box?
Inventing, completing, filling from these uprooted impressions of the environment to produce a result which is something like overprinting.
Collecting, yes, but more importantly, making the collection visible, formal: this is where I consider that the challenges of composition lie.

nicolas fayol
I met Nicolas creating avant la nuit dernière in 2016 and d’à côté in 2017.
As a dancer, Nicolas works extensively on bodily fragmentation and equilibrium, stemming from his practice of hip-hop. It’s not so much the hip-hop that interests me here, as the way in which the dancer shifts, textures, and stretches dance, drawing it from the most unsuspected places in his body.
As a person, Nicolas, has chosen to live and work in the countryside, maintaining a direct relationship with living matter and the environment.
I am interested in his dual nature: how does he create his dance elsewhere than in the urban environment, so associated with hip-hop. He is the artist I was looking for, to go drifting together...

Christian Rizzo, October 2019
comments collected by Smaranda Olcèse-Trifan

Last dates

22 September 2023

Circular festival de Artes Performativas, Vila do Conde (Portugal)

15 to 16 July 2023

kalamata dance festival – Kalamata (Grèce)

22 to 23 June 2023

Les SUBS, Lyon, in partnership with CN D as part of "Camping"

15 to 17 May 2023

as part of Séquence Danse Paris 2022 - Le CENTQUATRE-PARIS

6 to 7 April 2023

L’Archipel, Scène nationale – Perpignan

29 November 2022

L'Empreinte - Scène nationale Brive-Tulle

5 to 6 October 2022

Festival Torino Danza – Turin (Italia)

15 to 17 June 2022

Camping, festival et plateforme chorégraphique internationale du CND Centre national de la danse
at Théâtre du Fil de l’eau, Pantin

29 April 2022

Tropiques-Atrium, Scène nationale de Martinique
as part of the Biennale internationale de Danse Martinique 2022

22 to 23 March 2022

Théâtre Sorano - Toulouse
co-produced with La Place de la Danse CDCN Toulouse Occitanie

2 to 5 February 2022


11 December 2021

Halle aux Grains – Traverse (association) – Bagnères de Bigorre

2 to 3 December 2021

CCAM/Scène Nationale de Vandœuvre

5 to 8 July 2021

at 6pm, Studio Bagouet / ICI—CCN
— within the context of the Festival Montpellier Danse 2021

18 to 21 March 2021

CENTQUATRE – Paris (France)
— within the context of the Festival Séquence Danse Paris 2021

17 to 20 November 2020

Premiere: 17th- 20th November 2020, ICI—CCN Montpellier (France)
Within the context of the Biennale des Arts de la Scène en Méditerranée,
Théâtre des 13 vents Centre Dramatique National de Montpellier

and Montpellier Danse season 2020-2021.


Bouquet final — Sophie Laly

Bouquet final is an invitation from Christian Rizzo to Sophie Laly after 𝙚𝙣 𝙨𝙤𝙣 𝙡𝙞𝙚𝙪, the solo created for Nicolas Fayol on November 17, 2020.

Born of a sudden impulse, Bouquet Final is a dreamlike tale where worlds are rising around gesture. Rituals, a dark and foggy forest, a cave, an erupting volcano, coexist to create an enigmatic story. Landscapes crossed by a man, and maybe another one...

This project received support from Onda as part of the "Écran vivant" program.

More info: HERE

highlighted dates: public open activities


September 2023

  • 14
    — EUPHORIA de Sophia Seiss / Publications M1 (report) - Master exerce
  • 16
    Projection "Notre amour " d’Arnold Pasquier — Journée Européennes du Patrimoine 2023
  • 16 to 17
    Journée européennes du Patrimoine 2023
  • 16
    Projection "Éternelle jeunesse Uzès" de Christophe Haleb — Journées européennes du Patrimoine 2023
  • 16
    "je vais t’écrire." by Christian Rizzo
  • 17
    Projection "My lunch with Anna" d’Alain Buffard — Journée Européennes du Patrimoine 2023
  • 20
    "je vais t'écrire" by Christian Rizzo
  • 22
    "en son lieu" by Christian Rizzo
  • 26
    Vernissage de l’exposition — Hubert Crabières
  • 27
    Club de danse avec Julia B. Laperrière
  • 28 to 29
    "Filles-Pétroles" de Nadia Beugré (artiste associée)

    28 et 29 septembre, ICI—CCN

    ↳ 19h

    En savoir plus

  • 29
    "Swivel Open" de Julia B. Laperrière

    29 septembre, Hangar Théâtre

    ↳ 20h30

    — Spectacle présenté en co-accueil avec le Festival Magdalena 2023 initié par le Théâtre de la Remise / Marion Coutarel et dans le cadre du projet européen Life Long Burning, financé par l’Union Européenne.
  • 30 September to 7 January
    "Avant la nuit dernière" by Christian Rizzo

    30 September 2023 until 7th January 2024 . avant la nuit dernière – within the context of Némo, Biennale internationale des arts numériques de la Région Île-de-France, produced by CENTQUATRE-PARIS

    En savoir plus

  • 30
    Fêtons ensemble la nouvelle saison d’ICI—CCN !

    Cour de l’Agora, ICI—CCN

    ↳ à partir de 19h30, ouverture des portes 18h30

    En savoir plus

October 2023

  • 1
    "Nebula" de Vania Vaneau (artiste associée)

    à Villeneuve-lès-Maguelone

    ↳ 16h [entrée libre sur réservation]

    — Spectacle présenté en co-accueil avec L’Atelline scène conventionnée d’intérêt national - Art et Création et en partenariat avec la Ville de Villeneuve-lès-Maguelone dans le cadre de « À la lisière du monde (de demain) » événement soutenu par M28 / candidature Montpellier-Sète capitale européenne de la Culture 2028.
  • 7
    "ONE SHOT" de Meg Stuart et Mark Tompkins

    19h, ICI—CCN

    — Spectacle présenté en collaboration avec Arts Fabrik dans le cadre du Festival Arts Trans’ Fabrik soutenu par M28 / candidature Montpellier-Sète au titre de capitale européenne de la Culture 2028 et par la Fondation d’entreprise AG2R LA MONDIALE pour la vitalité artistique.

  • 12
    "Rideau" — Par/ICI: Anna Massoni

    20h, ICI—CCN

  • 15
    TOPO 1 — Par/ICI: Anna Massoni

    16h, ICI—CCN [tous publics]

  • 17
    Soirée TOPO 2 — Par/ICI: Anna Massoni

    Les noms, Vincent Weber et Clément Layes

    19h, Atelier Buffard, ICI—CCN

  • 17 to 20
    Pratiques du matin / exerce avec Jennifer Monson

    10h à 12h, ICI—CCN

    En savoir plus

  • 18
    Club de danse avec Anna Massoni

    19h à 21, ICI—CCN

    [tous publics]

    En savoir plus

  • 19
    Soirée TOPO 3 — Par/ICI: Anna Massoni

    Studio Pièce

    19h, Studio Bagouet, ICI—CCN

  • 20
    exerce classe ouverte avec Julie Perrin et Jennifer Monson

    14h à 17h, ICI—CCN

    En savoir plus

  • 26
    Fenêtre sur résidence — La Zampa

    Empire, ICI—CCN

    ↳ 19h [entrée libre]

November 2023

  • 6
    exerce classe ouverte avec Rosi Braidotti

    14h à 17h, ICI—CCN

    En savoir plus

  • 9 to 10
    "Faire fleurir" de Nicolas Fayol

    19h, ICI—CCN
    — Spectacle présenté en co-accueil avec Montpellier Danse saison 2023-2024 et dans le cadre de la Biennale des Arts de la Scène en Méditerranée 2023.

    En savoir plus

  • 9
    "Fondation du rien" de Nicolas Heredia

    17h30, hall d'ICI—CCN

    En savoir plus

  • 14 to 18
    Laboratoire avec Ely Daou

    9h30-12h30, ICI—CCN

    À destination de professionnel·le·s
    dans le cadre des Rencontres entre artistes
    ↳ atelier soutenu par Life Long Burning financé par l’Union Européenne

  • 15
    Club de danse avec Ola Maciejewska

    19h à 21h, ICI—CCN [tous publics]

    En savoir plus

  • 18
  • 20 to 24
    Pratiques du matin / exerce avec Laura Kirshenbaum

    10h à 12h, ICI—CCN

    En savoir plus

  • 20
    "Second Body" — Par/ICI: Ola Maciejewska

    20h, ICI—CCN

  • 21
    Soirée TOPO — Par/ICI: Ola Maciejewska

    19h, ICI—CCN

  • 22 to 23
    "sakınan göze çöp batar" by Christian Rizzo

    as part of Biennale des Arts de la Scène en Méditerranée, Théâtre Jean Vilar, Montpellier

    En savoir plus

  • 24
    Club de danse avec Kerem Gelebek

    19h à 21h, ICI—CCN [tous publics]

    En savoir plus

  • 25 to 26
    Workshop avec Kerem Gelebek

    10h à 16h, ICI—CCN

    En savoir plus

December 2023