(c) Ursula Kaufmann
(c) Ursula Kaufmann
Mon 30.01.2023 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Tue 31.01.2023 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Wed 01.02.2023 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Thu 02.02.2023 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Fri 03.02.2023 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Künstler*innenhaus Mousonturm - Probebühne 3
60316 Frankfurt am Main
Participation in Release Ballet requires an intermediate level of classical dance.
Release Ballet – The Joy of Movement
This training is a classical ballet class but uses the principles of describing space and feeling movement that Tony Rizzi learned over the years improvising for Forsythe. The training is body friendly and teaches a few "tricks of the trade" on how to make your lines clearer and longer. You will also approach things through speed, which comes from his Balanchine training. Also, as the title suggests, he is always looking for ways to explore the fun of movement in ballet training, involving the whole body and being able to notice that ballet is still dancing. Even if ballet sometimes looks complicated, he tries to show how natural it can be. The training is suitable for both Ballet and Contemporary dancers and uses a wide spectrum of music.
Antony Rizzi, an Italian-American from Boston, was soloist and artistic advisor to William Forsythe at Ballet Frankfurt from 1985 to 2003.
Since 1987 he has taught classical ballet and improvisation, first at Boston Ballet and then over the years with various companies such as Tanztheater Wuppertal, Ballet München, La Scala Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Ballet Theater München, Ballet Frankfurt. In addition, since 1984 he has developed his own works for companies such as The Royal Ballet, The Boston Ballet, Ballet Frankfurt and Scapino Ballet. He has created other original works for his company Tony Rizzi and The Bad Habits, including "Being Snowman Sinking," "Judy was angry," "The Role I Should Have Done," "1 2 3 you and me," "Being Human Being," and most recently "Some of my best friends are trash." Rizzi also works as an actor for the Forsythe Company, Jan Fabre and recently for the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in "The Fashion" directed by Michael Simon.
The first work “Being Snowman Sinking” with his own mother, the works like “Wisdom of No Escape”, "A performance by nobody, going nowhere, for no one in particular”, “The role I should have done” and “Every Body Tells a Story”, have toured to Tokyo, Montreal, Heidelberg and Vienna.
His two recent works “The duo performance, “Even crazy people want to be invited to the party” and the group show "Why Wait”, an unconventional lecture performance about the legendary Forsythes Ballet Frankfurt are touring soon to Palermo, Munich, Boston and New York.
He has also worked intensely with Jan Fabre for over 20 years as a performer. Fabre wrote and created the solo “Drugs Kept me Alive” which as toured internationally. And he was part of his epic 24 hour performance "Mount Olympus" where one of his roles was Maria Callas as Medea. After Munich ballet he most recently created in 2020 the work “Art is a dirty job but someone has to do it“, for Hagen Ballet. The title is the motto for his company Tony Rizzi and the BAD HABITS. The company has been produced at Mousonturm under all three Intendants. He is presently working on his memoirs “So Far So Good.”