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From a True Story – Christian Rizzo


  • West Kowloon Cultural District The Box, Freespace No. 18 Museum Drive, West Kowloon, Tsim Sha Tsui Hong Kong (map)

“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.

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, Victor Fernandes
Sound manager: Vanessa Court, Frédéric Peugeot 
Light and video manager: Arnaud Lavisse, Samuel Dosière, Érik Houllier