Michele Rizzo

June 17 > August 23, 2020
What does it mean for you to inhabit a space during a residency period?

Space is both physical and mental. When I prepare my workspace I tend to make it as hybrid as possible so that it stimulates me to work but also allows me to do nothing, so to have things come to the surface when they want. Space must favor a certain type of durational experience which is timeless. The creative process for me is basically based on waiting, so living in a residence space means refining my waiting sensitivity. In order for this to happen I usually need music, a comfortable place to write or lie down, flowers or plants.


How would you define the space of your work and research? What will you investigate on this occasion?

Right now I'm trying to translate some concepts related to movement into materiality. The body remains the first material to deal with. I try to meet the body outside of me. The space in which this meeting takes place is not physical—although to access it you need matter, so the practice that I have to develop in order to do so is based on a dialogue between me and matter. We look at each other, we study, we mirror ourselves, we recognize ourselves—or don’t. The important thing is to let one thing become the other.


Define “care” in three words

To learn, to try, to trust




Michele Rizzo (b. 1984), Italian choreographer and artist based in Amsterdam, graduated in 2011 at the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam (SNDO), and in 2015 at the Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam in the Dirty Art Department Master program for visual arts. Michele Rizzo’s research operates at the crossover between performing art and visual art, and produces performances that merge sculpture, dance and performance elements. Although all his works are united by a distinctive interest into the poetics of transformation, becoming and transcending, the outcomes of such multidisciplinary approach often crystallizes in very different performances. HIGHER (2015), a project inspired by club culture with music by Lorenzo Senni, focused on the experience of ecstatic dancing, as during the activity of clubbing. The latest edition of this work, titled HIGHER xtn (2018), is an extended version with 14 dancers created for the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, as part of the exhibition Freedom of Movement, and has been invited in the collection of the museum. SPACEWALK (2017) deals still with notions of clubbing and trance, but as well transcends the aesthetic of the club, translating it into a unique spatial environment, which refers to the realm of the virtual and architecture. His latest work DEPOSITION (2019), with music by Billy Bultheel, represents the third episode of the trilogy that includes HIGHER and SPACEWALK, and it brings the focus back to the body of the performer. He is a regular guest teacher in choreography and movement research at the SNDO in Amsterdam, and has thought workshops at, among others, Impulstanz Vienna, Sandberg Institute Amsterdam, ISAC Bruxelles, Studio 303 Montreal.