Past event

27 May 2022



28 May 2022



Specially conceived for the spaces of the Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana, this first part of Monumentum the second sleep by Florentine choreographer Cristina Kristal Rizzo consists of a solo dance performed by Megumi Eda, an interpreter with chiseled and neoclassical features.

On stage a body able to turn form into instinct, into flowing emotion while finding the innate meanings of language and give substance to other possibilities of presence.
Dance is always accompanied by a kind of philosophy that allows us to relate to the world, to connect ourselves to other bodies, to transform us and shape the spaces that envelop us, to help us understand that matter is neither stupid nor blind nor mechanical, but rhythmical, a language, an internal movement with its own organization, a feeling.
Full of chromatic visions and non-verbal bodily experiences, such as trance practices generated by guided hypnosis, Monumentum the second sleep is a tribute to the power of life, to multi-rhythmic relationships acting on the complex feeling of existence, a place where art, philosophy and form merge.

concept, choreography, sets and costumes
Cristina Kristal Rizzo

Megumi Eda

esearch collaboration
Lucia Amara

live sound scape
Cristina Kristal Rizzo

Gesualdo da Venosa (Calivarentum Oculi Mei, Tenebrae Responsoria - Graindelavoix)
Lamin Fofana (Searching for memory, The federation mix)

staging for MASI
Cristina Kristal Rizzo

creative producer
Silvia Albanese

TIR Danza

in co-production with
Torinodanza Festival

Winning project of the Bando Abitante supported by the Centro Nazionale di Produzione della Danza Virgilio Sieni and by the Fondazione CR Florence.

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 production since 2007, 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. Some of her latest creations: TOCCARE the white dance (Danza&Danza best contemporary choreography 2020), ULTRAS sleeping dances, VN Serenade, Prélude, ikea, BoleroEffect. She has created as guest choreographer for AterBalletto, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Balletto di Toscana, LAC Lugano and for Museum Institutions such as MACRO and PalaExpo Rome, MUSEION Bolzano, Museo del 900 Firenze, Museo Pecci Parato. She also developed the special project BALINESE DANCE PLATFORM for Santarcangelo Festival 14 and 15 and Live Arts Week 21 in collaboration with Xing. From 2019 she’s an active part in the Sup de Sub Campus project in the suburbs of Marseille and Paris based on artistic transmission to very young non-professionals. Her work is supported by TIR Danza and MiBAC (Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo italiano).

Megumi Eda was born in Nagano, Japan. Leaving Japan at 16, she was invited to join the Hamburg Ballet School. For the next 15 years, as a member of the Hamburg Ballet, the Dutch National Ballet and the Rambert Dance Company, she worked with many choreographers including John Neumeier, Christopher Bruce, Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, Twyla Tharp and David Dawson.
In 2004, she moved to New York as a founding member of Armitage Gone! Dance. She has also collaborated with Yoshiko Chuma since 2014 as a Performer/Filmmaker. Her current focus is combining dance with film and video to create live and online performance art. She won a Bessie Award in 2004. Since 2018 she has divided her time between New York and Berlin.