(photo by Wonge Bergmann)
by Chad Dembski
Drugs Keep Me Alive is more subdued than some of his other works but still has a very strong punch of honesty, risk-taking and raw performance. It is a basic story of one man’s battle with being HIV positive and drug cocktails he makes for himself on a daily basis. With an impressive set of over 100 brown pill bottles, Antony Rizzi describes in great detail the various combinations he has tried over the years for both his illness and personal pleasure. Seeming both an incredible free spirit and also a reckless party animal, he also seems to challenge the notion that doctors can give the best advice. With incredible skill and precision his dance is highly focused, intense and a sign that no matter what he is still in amazing shape. He plays a clown of sorts, dressed in a tall white hat, white gloves and with exaggerated expressions in short but funny commercial break moments. Antony explains his life to us in brief snippets while experimenting with making large bubbles on stage with three large pools of bubble liquid and big hoops.