Choreography Marie-Agnès Gillot, Andrés Marín
Artistic direction Christian Rizzo
With Marie-Agnès Gillot and Andrés Marín
Bruno Chevillon (double bass) and Didier Ambact (drums)
A classical star, Marie-Agnès Gillot, former étoile of the Paris Opera and a flamenco star, Andrés Marín, partner up and let their inner fire burn. Christian Rizzo joins the fray like “a lurking and active presence.”
Reunited by the same desire for perfection and by this dark part they harbour in themselves like an inside out caress, together they seek the invisible nature of dance and the spirits that accompany it.
Christian Rizzo took his first steps as an artist in Toulouse, where he started a rock band and created a line of clothing
before studying visual arts at the Villa Arson in Nice. Serendipitous encounters led him to the stage.
In the 1990s, he performed in Europe with numerous contemporary choreographers, sometimes responsible for their soundtracks or costume creation.
In 1996, he created the “l’association fragile” and presented performances, installations, dance pieces, alternating with other commissions for opera, fashion and visual arts. Since then, over fourty productions have come to fruition. Christian Rizzo regularly teaches in art schools in France and abroad, as well as in institutions dedicated to contemporary dance.
On January 1st 2015 Christian Rizzo took over as the Director of the Centre chorégraphique national de Montpellier – Occitanie, which has been renamed ICI (International Choreographic Institute). He supports a crosscutting vision of creation, training, artistic education and openness to the public. Based
on various practices and territories, this project is primarily a forward-looking space dealing effectively with inviting artists, creating the choreographic gesture and studying the forms
that it can take when shared.
As a choreographer, visual artist or curator, Christian Rizzo relentlessly pursues the elasticity and tension between bodies and space in narratives where fiction emerges from abstraction.
Marie-Agnès Gillot went to the dance school of Opéra national de Paris in 1985. On March 18, 2014, she was nominated “étoile” – on Brigitte Lefèvre’s proposal – at the end of the performance of Carolyn Carlson’s Signes, the first dancer to receive the nomination on a contemporary ballet.
Stellar performer of the great classical ballets, Marie-Agnès Gillot makes her a favorite pick among contemporary choreographers.
She has emonstrated her virtuosic technique for myriad choreographers including Roland Petit, Maurice Béjart, Kader Belarbi, Angelin Preljocaj, Mats Ek, Wayne McGregor, Benjamin Millepied, William Forsythe, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Damien Jalet and many more.
Marie-Agnès Gillot indulges her eclectic taste, collaborating with many artists. In 2007, she created Les Rares Différences, a play featuring a female dancer and two hip hop dancers at the cités danse Suresnes festival, as well as Art Ere, on Serguei
Rachmaninov’s elegiac trio, for the junior classical ballet of Conservatoire national supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris in 2009. In 2012 , she presented Sous Apparence, her first
work for Ballet de l’Opéra national de Paris.
In November 2009, she staged a flash mob for the association La Chaîne de l’Espoir, under the Louvre pyramid. She is also involved with the association ICCARRE for which she created a pas de deux with Blanca Li in December 2014 at Maison Jean-Paul Gaultier. After featuring stints for singers Arthur H, REM and Benjamin Biolay, she went on to dance alongside Marianne Faithfull, Katia and Marielle Labèque and at the annual show of Les Enfoirés.
In March 2018, she officially bid farewell to the Opéra national de Paris during a moving performance of Orpheus and Eurydice by Pina Bausch. In November 2018, she made her theater debut in Peau d’Âne at Théâtre Marigny on Jean-Luc Choplin’s
She is a Knight in the order of the Legion of Honor, Merit, Arts and Letters.
Heir to a lineage of Seville dancers, Andrés Marín is one of the most prominent dancers of today’s flamenco. His works are centered around the flamenca tradition, which is closely
linked to singing. They offer an extremely personal style and a
contemporary aesthetic regarded as one of the most innovative of flamenco.
Andrés Marín started dancing professionally as a soloist in 1992 and as a choreographer for various shows and events until 2002, the year he created his own company. The first show of the Andrés Marín Más allá del tiempo company was
created in 2002 at Maison de la Danse de Lyon and was followed
by more than sixty performances.
His show La pasión según se mire (looking at passion), which
received a “magical moment award” at the 2010 Seville Flamenco Biennale, offered a wide range of unbridled emotions and drives epitomizing the freedom space he inhabits.
From then on, he got involved in multiple works and collaborations, including Bartabas, Blanca Li, Kader Attou, Jirí Kylián and Bill T. Jones, etc, performing worldwide on the major stages of Europe, America and Asia. Concurrent with his touring schedule, he continued to lead dance classes in Tokyo, Holland, the United States and Seville.
Andrés Marín works flamenco to the core, both as a purist and a maverick. He pushes the envelope and aims to open up flamenco while conforming to the fundamentals. All his works exude a lot of risk-taking and experimentation, elements that the artist feels are paramount to keeping flamenco art alive.