Cristina Kristal Rizzo

Cristina Kristal Rizzo, dancemaker based in Florence, has been active on the Italian contemporary dance scene since the early 90s. She is one of the founders of the historical collective Kinkaleri, with which she collaborated actively until 2007, crossing the international performance scene and receiving numerous awards. Since 2008 she has undertaken an autonomous path of choreographic production, directing her research towards a theoretical reflection with a strong dynamic impact, with a thrust of regeneration of the creative act and reflection on the present time, establishing herself as one of the main personalities of Italian choreography.

Among his latest creations: TOCCARE The white dance, ULTRAS sleeping dances, VN Serenade, Hypernating, Prélude, ikea, BoleroEffect. In addition to circulating the shows, she has an intense activity of experimental proposals, conferences, workshops, advanced training and theoretical writing.

During August and September 2020, Cristina Kristal Rizzo develops in our spaces in Rovereto a new collective project. This work starts from the investigation of the bodily practice of 'touching/touching oneself', not intended as an exploration of contact improvisation (the movement technique born in the USA in the seventies that Rizzo knows well) but in the expressive, emotional and intimate potentiality of an action.

Covid-19 with its restrictive impositions has changed the evolution of the project imposing to the choreographer to approach the issue of touch from another point of view. Between the physical and the symbolic, to touch the other means touching all possible others, including one's own person, it means transferring the gesture of touching inside the dance.

The bodies of the dancers will try to materialize the idea of touch in a symbolic carnality, with a materiality at the limit of evanescence.

The material probes the possible relationship with the invisible, the void. The health emergency forced me to approach the theme of touching from another point of view. Between the physical and the symbolic, touching the other means touching all possible others, including one's own person; it means transferring the gesture of touching into dance.

- Cristina Kristal Rizzo

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