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In 2002, as part of Le Vif du Sujet – an event initiated by the Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques (SACD: Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers) to allow dancers to commission a solo from a choreographer of their choice –, Rachid Ouramdane, a dancer, performer and choreographer himself, called on one of his creative accomplices, Christian Rizzo, an awesome all-rounder who was also his interpreter. With a background in plastic arts before coming to the music (rock) scene, followed by dance and performance, Rizzo combines with his various stage practices the conception of “objects” or installations and the creation of costumes. Yet, while he cultivates multi-disciplinarity, one issue is at the core of all his works: the body and its transformations… through to that final transformation that is death and disappearance. Thus, in Skull*Cult, Ouramdane appears from behind, clothed, booted, gloved, helmeted, hooded in black, that is under the envelope – that we suspect disembodied – of a biker. From one side to another of a bare stage, bent over in the distance like a wave, he carries out a slow and uncertain crossing that is also a crossing of appearances, a rite of passage. In 2005, the two artists returned to this tragic figure – Rizzo in Comme crâne, comme culte and Ouramdane in Les Morts pudiques, his new interpretation of Le Jeune Homme et la Mort.

Source : Myriam Bloedé

Rizzo, Christian

Christian rizzo was born in 1965 in Cannes. His artistic career began in Toulouse, where he started a rock band and designed a line of clothing, after which he studied fine arts at the Villa d'Arson in Nice, then unexpectedly branched out into dance. 

In the 90s he performed with a number of contemporary choreographers including mathilde monnier, herve robbe, mark tompkins and georges appaix, and sometimes created soundtracks and costumes for them as well. 

He also worked with choreographers with a different artistic approach, such as vera mantero, catherine contour, emmanuelle huynh and rachid ouramdane.

In 1996 he founded l'association fragile and began presenting events, dancing objects, solos and group pieces, as well as various projects and commissioned work in fashion and the visual arts. 

Since then, over thirty projects have borne fruit, not counting his pedagogical activities. Christian rizzo teaches on a regular basis in art schools in France and abroad, as well as in establishments devoted to contemporary dance. 

On January 1st, 2015, Christian Rizzo takes the lead of the National Choreographic Center of Montpellier. Now called ICI (International Choreographic Institute), the CCN offers a transversal vision of creation, training, artistic education and openness to the public. 

Source : Website of ICI, CCN of Montpellier

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Ouramdane, Rachid

Rachid Ouramdane has been creating art projects since 1995.
He was an Associate Artist at the Theâtre de la ville in Paris from 2010 to 2015 and at the Bonlieu from 2005 to 2015 Theater in Annecy, France.

He is regularly invited to work on many collaborations: with the Lyon Opera Ballet (Superstars, 2006; All around, 2014); for the dancers of the Russian company Migrazia during a residence in Siberia for the Intradance project (Russia) (Borscheviks... a true story..., 2010); and for the 20th birthday of Candoco Dance Company (UK) with disabled dancers (Looking back, 2011).

Since Rachid Ouramdane founded L’A dance company, his work has been based on a meticulous collection of evidence, in collaboration with filmmakers or authors.

So he employs the art of dance to contribute to social debates through choreographic pieces that develop a poetics of testimony. In his recent work, he has explored the principles of writing for a big group of dancers.

Alongside his creative projects, Ouramdane is working to enhance learning and exchange through the management of international workshops for artistic research in France, Romania, Netherlands, Brazil, and the United States.

Since 2016, Rachid Ouramdane direct the CCN2-Centre Chorégraphique National de Grenoble with Yoann Bourgeois.

Source : Centre chorégraphique national de Grenoble

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Choreography : Christian Rizzo, Rachid Ouramdane

Interpretation : Rachid Ouramdane

Production / Coproduction of the video work : La Compagnie des Indes, Mezzo, Association Fin Novembre

Le vif du sujet

Le Vif du sujet is a contemporary dance event of the Festival d'Avignon. Each year, a choreographer chooses four dancers who, in turn, will each ask a choreographer to create a work lasting roughly 30 minutes. These shows are filmed in full.

Source : Culture Ministery

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