Le syndrome ian

Winner of the FEDORA - Van Cleef & Arpels Prize for Ballet


On January 1st 2015 Christian Rizzo took over as the Director of the Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier Languedoc Roussillon (Montpellier’s CCN), 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.

Le syndrome ian will be his first group piece as head of Montpellier’s CCN.

Le syndrome ian is a piece for 9 dancers and 2 live musicians. Cathy Olive, Christian’s faithful collaborator, will be creating its luminous universe.

With d’après une histoire vraie, ad noctum and this new piece, Christian Rizzo builds a trilogy emanating from the questions attached to the practice of anonymous dances facing the concept of authorship. Folklore for d’après une histoire vraie, the duet and couple dance for ad noctum.

Pursuing the exploration of anonymous dance practices facing the concept of its author, le syndrome ian applies to clubbing and nightlife. 1979: While the planet vibrates to the sound of disco music, in England arises a dark and poetic dance, set to the rhythm of electric angular jerking bodies. How are these two physical representation types embodied in a single movement creating a unique writing? Le syndrome ian gathers nine dancers in a collective vibration where silence is split between the physicality of sub-bass sounds and melodic wailing, echoing Ian Curtis’ poetry.

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Lead company:

ICI — CCN Montpellier / Languedoc-Roussillon-Midi-Pyrénées - Montpellier, France

Co-producing partners:

Opéra de Lille - Lille, France
Festival Montpellier Danse 2016 - Montpellier, France
Théâtre de la Ville - Paris, France
National Taichung Theater (Taiwan) - Taichung, Taiwan
Biennale de la danse de Lyon 2016 - Lyon, France
Centre de Développement Chorégraphique Toulouse / Midi-Pyrénées - Toulouse, France
Le Lieu unique - Nantes, France
TU - Nantes, France
La Bâtie - Festival de Genève (Suisse) - Genève, Switzerland
Le syndrome ian has benefited from the provision of the CND studios, an Art centre dedicated to dance.

Artistic team:

Christian Rizzo, Choreographer
Miguel Garcia Llorens, Pep Garrigues, Kerem Gelebek, Julie Guibert, Hanna Hedman, Filipe Lourenco, Maya Masse, Antoine Roux-Briffaud, Vania Vaneau, Dancers
Caty Olive, Light Designer
Pénélope Michel, Nicolas Devos (Cercueil / Puce Moment), Sound Realization
Sophie Laly, Artistic Assistant
Thierry Cabrera, Technical Director
Marc Coudrais, Stage Manager
Jean-Christophe Minart, Assistant Stage Manager

Opening night:

Date:        Friday, June 24th, 2016
Venue:     Opéra Comédie, Festival Montpellier Danse 2016, France

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