From a True Story: A Mix of Contemporary and Folk Dances

Why We Recommend it

Be dazzled by the Hong Kong debut of French choreographer Christian Rizzo’s dance work From a True Story, a piece inspired by the emotions he felt while watching a short all-male folk dance in Istanbul.


The piece, which was created in 2013 and has been widely toured since then, is considered by critics as a “contemporary vision of a folk dance on drums”. It features 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 (d’après une histoire vraie) is a work that strikes at the core of human experience.

Christian Rizzo (b. Cannes, 1965) is a choreographer, dancer, rock musician and fashion designer. After graduating with a degree in visual arts from the Villa Arson in Nice, he founded L’Association Fragile in 1996, and has since created more than 30 productions, including qui va là for the Opera de Lille, and comment dire “ici”? for Dance Forum Taipei. In 2015, he was appointed director of the ICI – CCN Montpellier (Institut Chorégraphique International – CCN Montpellier-Occitanie/Pyrénées-Méditerranée).

This dance production is co-produced by West Kowloon and Le French May.


When: 14 Jun 2019 - 15 Jun 2019 Where: The Box, Freespace, West Kowloon Cultural District – Tsim Sha Tsui