Join the acclaimed French choreographer and visual artist in this eye-opening session about the power of community dances and liberated movement. In this intimate chat with Founding Festival Director, Ong Keng Sen, the artist takes you beyond sticky dance floors as he shares his ideas of fusing stage dance with disco and post-punk, clubbing and nightlife, evidenced in his production at SIFA Le Syndrome Ian Rizzo is known for his minimal dance pieces as well as for his opera stagings, art installations and exhibitions. In 2015, he became the Director of the Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier, now renamed International Choreographic Institute (ICI-CCN). Le Syndrome Ian is his first group piece as head of the institute. It won the prestigious FEDORA Van Cleef & Arpels Prize for Ballet, a prestigious award that aims to guarantee the future of ballet by supporting the next generation of talented artists.
Born in 1965 in Cannes, Christian Rizzo took his first steps as an artist in Toulouse, where he started a rock band and created a line of clothing before studying visual arts at the Villa Arson in Nice. Serendipitous encounters led him to the stage. In the 1990s, he performed with numerous contemporary choreographers, sometimes responsible for their soundtracks or costume creation, for instance with Mathilde Monnier, Hervé Robbe, Mark Tompkins, Georges Appaix, and then with Vera Mantero, Catherine Contour, Emmanuelle Huynh and Rachid Ouramdane. In 1996, he created the lassociation fragile and resented performances, dance pieces, alternating with other projects or commissions for opera, fashion and visual arts. Since then, over 30 productions have come to fruition. He regularly teaches in art schools in France and abroad, as well as in institutions dedicated to contemporary dance. Also the Director of the ICI in Montpellier, he supports a crosscutting vision of creation, training, artistic education and openness to the public.