michele rizzo

WORK PERIOD 05.03 – 31.03 2020

no events due first corona lockdown

location: former gay sauna

This episode was a retreat for one artist! Instead of a show we got into the art practice and process of Michele Rizzo. Not by events during these times, but via video and a publication. Rizzo's research during this epsiode formed new work 'Rest' that is on show during the Quadriennale Di Roma. In this work he merged sculpture and performance. See their virtual tour.


Watch the mini-documentary below about his working period, including: conversations about his research into the ritual and religious aspect of club culture and the relationship between materiality and movement while making sculptures, his performance 'DEPOSITION' in the Grand Theatre Groningen and the dystopian words at 1:10 min: "I think Holland is like 9 days behind from what's going on in Italy, but it's gonna happen.".

Read the publication written by Vanessa van 't Hoogt to learn more about the idea of Moldable bodies.



Michele Rizzo (1984) operates at the intersections of art forms such as performance, dance, sculpture and architecture. His inspirations often derive from the poetics of club trance dancing; researching notions of individuality and modes of collectivity. Rizzo’s works are united by a distinctive interest into transformation and transcendence. Notable works include HIGHER (2015), HIGHER xtn. (2019), SPACEWALK (2017) and Deposition (2019). Besides his artistic practice he is a regular guest teacher in choreography and movement research at the School For New Dance Development in Amsterdam, and has thought workshops at, among others, Impulstanz Vienna, ISAC Bruxelles, Studio 303 Montreal.

His work has been presented and performed at institutions, venues and festivals including V-A-C Foundation, Venice; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, The Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw; Triennale di Milano, Milan; Santarcangelo Festival, Rimini; Actoral, Montreal and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, which has also acquired his work HIGHER xtn. for its collection. In 2020 Rizzo will show a new work commissioned by KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin.

8:44 min | starring: MICHELE RIZZO |  soundtrack + video by hache

 text by vanessa van 't hoogt | size: foldable 21x59cm | print: riso / free download | order by mail

HET RESORT IS supported by:

Mondriaan Fund, Gemeente Groningen