Amsterdam-based choreographer Michele Rizzo’s performance HIGHER is inspired and based on the experience of club dancing. This dance is not easily ascribed to any formal category but holds the cultural role of a social event. In the performance club dancing is analyzed in its being a form of prayer and catharsis, trying to manifest the magical essence of the club in the context of the black box.
Michele Rizzo (1984) graduated in 2011 from SNDO (School for New Dance Development, Amsterdam), where he is now a guest teacher in choreography and movement research. In 2015 he graduated from the Sandberg Institute of Amsterdam, completing the Dirty Art Department master program. Since 2012 he is supported by the International Choreographic Art Centre ICKamsterdam.
His artistic practice touches various disciplines, including performance, music and visual art. His choreographic work as well as his installation/sculptural work often revolves around existential or ontological topics, such as the definition of the self, its inscription in the cultural-sociological context, the concept of origin and its implication in the development of creative practices. In the past few years he has been working with various artists, such as Julian Hetzel, Florentina Holzinger, Gertjan Franciscus, Vincent Riebeek, Igor Dobricic, the musicians LVM and Lorenzo Senni.
Concept and Choreography: Michele Rizzo
Music: Lorenzo Senni
Performance: Juan Pablo Càmara, Max Göran, Michele Rizzo
Light design: Michele Rizzo
Production: Frascati Theatre and ICK Amsterdam
Technical support: Lukas Heistinger