“Deposition” is a term borrowed from physics: it refers to the process of turning volatile material into solid matter. In this hypnotic and evocative solo piece, artist and performer Michele Rizzo draws inspiration from this process of transformation to present to the audience a possible reverse transcendence – from the virtual to the deeply humane and back. The work aims to catalyse a process of crystallization: the different components of the performance are drawn together, converging towards each other and aligning, to land in an environment in which the material and the ephemeral co-exist. Starting from trance-like minimal movement and working closely with images, lighting and sound, Rizzo proposes a dance that evades, grasps and directs his own gaze and that of the spectator. Deposition is the third chapter in a trilogy, following the works Higher and Spacewalk.
Michele Rizzo graduated in 2011 from the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam (SNDO), where he is now a guest teacher in choreography, and in 2015 from the Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam in the Dirty Art Department Master programme for visual arts. His research operates at the crossover between performance and visual art and produces works of high visual impact. In 2015 he created Higher, produced by Frascati theatre in collaboration with ICK Amsterdam and presented in major performance venues throughout Europe. Higher is a piece inspired by club culture which focuses on the experience of ecstatic dancing. Spacewalk (2017), produced by Frascati theatre and AFK, translates the experience of clubbing into a unique spatial environment. Rizzo is cofounder of the choreographic platform DANSCO Amsterdam and of the art and dance space Jacuzzi Amsterdam, and is part of GRIP (Belgium).