Antony Rizzi

She was just somewhere else  © Thomas Brucher
She was just somewhere else © Thomas Brucher

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Antony Rizzi was born in West Newton (USA) and studied at the Boston School of Ballet. Over the last twenty years, he became one of William Forsythe’s most important assistants. He still lives in Frankfurt. At the moment, he is mainly occupied with his own work for his group Moving Productions. His works have been shown in Europe, Canada and the USA. Antony Rizzi has also choreographed for the Staatsballett München, The Boston Ballet and The Pennsylvania Ballet. In addition to making choreography, Antony Rizzi is also an actor and has worked with Jan Fabre and Jan Lauwers. He is also a guest teacher for ballet and for the improvisation methods that he developed with Forsythe during his time at the Ballet Frankfurt.
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Why move at all? Why view dance? Why bother to create it? Can I allow resistance to actually propel me forward instead of obstructing me? Creating dances for me is about relationships, relationships to line, to music, to each other, and to the connections to certain associations that movements can make to help push the story or the research into the theme. And it is about description. Describing both space, the theme and describing feelings that come about in our research. At the moment friendship and the layers of other people that make us up as individuals is what I am working on. I often feel each work is like a puzzle with no example in front of you to guide you. But I guess a question that often comes up is, who am I and who are you? The work that I create is a mix of various elements using text and film to guide the viewer in finding a possible answer.
Creating performances is about letting the public go on a ride with me and my opinion and view of a certain theme.
Though I fight against labelling anything, it gives me pleasure to hear how others see and feel something that I have created – listening to their experience of the roller coaster ride.

Antony Rizzi‘s artistic energies go into a myriad of directions. He photographs and films while opening his flat to performances. He even dares put on a one-man show from time to time where he knocks your socks off with not much more than conversation. Of course, he also dances and choreographs and it was William Forsythe‘s style that has made the greatest impression on him because it pushes back the envelope of the physically possible. But his choreographies have their own trademark. His pieces don‘t just constitute dance. He‘s not worrying about forcing them into some sort of a conceptual corset. Instead, the cornucopia of ideas and abundance of associations in his works are held together by Rizzi‘s special way of looking at things. He‘s got a feeling for the absurd and a fine sense of irony that (almost) always describes people and their weaknesses affectionately, with a warmth and an aura whenever he himself steps onto the stage. One thing you probably won‘t see from the multitalented Tony Rizzi is a cool and calculated dance piece. He not only tries out himself, but also the means that theatre presents him with. Sometimes he‘s playful, but he‘s never thoughtless. SYLVIA STAUDE

Works available for touring

"Some of my best friends are trash" (2007) 8 performers, stage 8 x 8 m, 80 min

"Everybody tells a story" (2007) 2 dancers, stage/space 6 x 8 m, 60 min

"Snowman sinking" (2007/1999) 3 performers, stage 8 x 10 m, 60 min

"Some opinions curated by Antony Rizzi" (2007) 4 performers, stage 6 x 8 m, 60 min

"The role I should have done" (2006) 3 performers, 40 extra, stage 8 x 10 m, 60 min

"I got something to say" (2004) spoken word performance, 2 performers, in a movie theatre, 75 min

"Being Human Being" (2003) 3 performers, stage 8 x 10 m, 75 min

"I am open and receptive to new avenues of income" (2001) performance/photo exhibition in private apartment space,

4 performers, 60 min