(Français) A charming lover – Miniature : to be an object of the world, Cristina Rizzo


“There is the grace of the hand.
Each phalanx fulfils with a thousand of various solutions, downturns, bendings, undefined curves, feeble moves. It’s a play of grasping or holding onto something or someone without any ownership.
There is the grace of a never-ending movement.
A kinaesthetic arrangement from inside to outside and from outside to inside, without efforts or contractions.
There is the grace of latency coagulating in a minimum space.
There is the grace of a dullness in the figure.
As the maximum ostension.
There is the grace of some butterflys which can mimic death leafs.
And there is the grace of some birds which can stick at an aesthetic of trill.
La, la-la, la-la, la-la, this charming man …Oooh, this charming man …!”

Cristina Rizzo


Dancer, performer, choreographer based in Florence, is one of the leading figures in the Italian choreographic research field. Her formation is done in New York, where she graduates at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance of New York, and attends the studios of Merce Cunningham and Trisha Brown. She collaborated with various artistic platforms such as Teatro Valdoca, Aldes, Stoa / Claudia Castellucci, MK, Virgilio Sieni Danza, Santasangre. Co-founder of the company Kinkaleri with which she shared the creation and planning of all the production from 1995 to 2007. In 2001 she becomes an active member of the research group Open, with which she created the big scale performative event Waudeville for the festival F.I.S.Co.10. She was guest choreographer of Balletto di Toscana Junior, for which she created Variazione N º (2007), and The rite of spring from Igor Stravinsky (2008). Since 2008 she undertook an autonomous career of production and experimental choreography, pursuing her own bodily researches and carrying out the choreographic project Dance N. 3 (2009), with exchanges of body writing between the choreographers Eszter Salamon, Michele Di Stefano and Matteo Levaggi, the touring performance Ahah (2010), the performance/conferences Ex/Porno (2010), the solo dance piece Invisible piece (2011) and Voice over (created in collaboration with Eszter Salamon). Her recent productions: a duet with a dog Micro-dances with a trained dog (2011),  the project on grace Loveeee with theoretician Lucia Amara + the production of the ebook Loveeee journal for Live Arts Week 12, the special project in streaming on the web Hotel dance room international 2 for DanzaUrbana Festival Bologna 2012, the dance/theatre duet No tengo dinero or the unpredictable technology of my mind, the video installation “6” produced by Digitalife – Roma Europa Festival 12. In 2011 she also participates in the project Critical Cab (F.I.S.Co.11) and Instruction Series III/Orang Orang (DNA- Roma Europa Festival 11). She is currently working on The rite of spring fear and loathing in Las Vegas (solo version) and a commissioned new creation for Ater Balletto.

Hosted in residency in Marseille by L’Officina from March 25th to 31th 2013. Final presentation of the Miniatures Ramallah program in April 19th and 20th at the Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival. Miniatures Ramallah associates L’Officina to Marseille-Provence 2013, European capital of culture and to Sareyyet Ramallah-First Ramallah Group and receives support from Convention Institut françaisVille de Marseille, from Direction des relations internationales du Conseil général des Bouches-du-Rhône and from Mécènes du Sud – Projet Lauréat 2013.

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