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Christian Rizzo: D’aprés une histoire vraie

Christian Rizzo, director of the Institut Chorégraphique International in Montpellier, is possessed of a movie-worthy backstory: As a young artist and fashion designer, he was an avid clubber but had no professional aspirations in the dance world until he tagged along with a friend to an audition in the early 1990s and was discovered by the choreographer. He has since created dozens of performances and dance pieces, as well as mounting exhibitions and staging operas. His 2013 piece D’après une histoire vraie, which makes its U.S. premiere this month, was inspired by the lingering memory of a folk dance performance he once saw in Istanbul. Combining the traditional with the contemporary, it features eight male dancers on a stark stage, accompanied by two drummers.