Maria Cristina Rizzo

Cristina Kristal Rizzo is a dance maker and artist based in Florence. Along with her artistic production she has developed an intense activity of conferences, workshops, theoretical writings and mentoring at some of the best European masters for choreography. Her interests concern choreography in an expanded field, something that she has approached through experimental practices and creative process in multiplicity of formats and expressions. She has been active on stage as performer and creator since ’94. Cofounder of the collective Kinkaleri with which she shared the creation and planning of all the productions, touring the international contemporary dance scene and receiving several awards. Since 2008 she undertook an autonomous career of production and experimental choreography, converging her body research towards a theoretical reflection with a strong dynamic impact and becoming one of the principal personalities of the Italian choreographic scene. Her work is supported by TIR Danza and MiBAC (Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo italiano).

Cristina Kristal Rizzo



(…) Where does history rest, if at all? And how is history reawakened and put into motion? How is it that it finds its grounding, its pacing, its anatomy? 

( André Lepecki from Blackening Europe )


These questions might be the starting points of the research project for Leipzig Postcolonial 2022, just to begin to stay out and away from a post colonialist melancholia or an ambivalent sentiment of talking and doing from a European perspective. The contradiction is stil in place and open without rest but the dispositive we are trying to convey is an intimate dialogue and collaboration in-between different bodies of age, skin color, culture, experiences and visions of the future.


Our space will be as open as possible to inventions with dance, music and film, imagining of producing together a sort of Video/Bioptic/SelfInterview/Performance dealing with the real story of a post-colonialist life in transition, trying to convey together questions and discussions on what can possibly be a safe attitude, one that doesn’t exclude from the discussion generational leaps, linguistic obligations, social body contracts, as well as culinary traditions, sleeping traditions, genders differences and singular body histories.


We believe that subjectivities are forged only through mutual recognition and a collective ethics.The first step on the route to a new humanism, an humanism that can be considered valid to the dimensions of the universe, is an ethics of recognition of differences within the postcolonial paradigm.


CKR and Kenji Parsley Hortensia