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Rioult Presents 2010 Dance Season Featuring World Premiere of "The Great Mass" and three repertory pieces (January 19-24, Manhattan, NY)

by Sarah Hart
January 19, 2010
The Joyce Theater
175 Eighth Avenue (at the corner of 19th Street)
New York, NY 10011
212-242-0800
RIOULT will present the world premiere of a new work by Artistic Director Pascal Rioult as well Mr. Rioult's: The Great Mass (2009) and two acclaimed repertory pieces during its 2009 New York season, running January 19 - 24, 2010 at The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street. The season will include a Gala Fundraiser to be held at the Altman Building in Chelsea on Wednesday, January 20 and a post-performance discussion on Thursday, January 21.


Mr. Rioult's new work, performed to the music of J.S. Bach, is acollaboration with Brian Beasley (projections), Harry Feiner (scenic design) and David Finley (lighting) to create a dance that fully integrates music, movement, scenic design and animated projections.


The Great Mass is a full-evening work that explores the range of spiritual and emotional tones embedded in the

18th-century Roman Catholic Mass as conveyed through this masterful score. Mozart's Mass in C minor provides the ultimate canvas – and challenge – for Mr. Rioult to express his personal affinity for this musical tour de force through the lens of his neo-moderne style.


RIOULT dancers include Brian Flynn, Penelope Gonzalez, Charis Haines, Patrick Leahy, Michael Spencer Phillips, Robert Robinson, Jane Sato, Anastasia Soroczynski and Marianna Tsartolia.


RIOULT was founded in 1994 and fast became an established name in modern dance with a reputation for creating and presenting the sensual, articulate, and exquisitely musical works of Pascal Rioult. Born into the American modern dance tradition, RIOULT is creating its own legacy of contemporary dance that speaks to the mind as well as the heart of the global community. The company of ten dancers is based in New York City and presents an annual New York season, tours nationally and internationally.


The schedule is as follows: Tuesday, January 19 at 7:30 pm; Wednesday, January 20 at 7 pm; Thursday, January 21 and Friday, January 22 at 8 pm; Saturday, January 23 at 2 pm and 8 pm and Sunday, January 24 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm. The post performance gala supper will be held at the Altman Building, 135 W. 18th St. on January 20. Tickets start at $10 and are available at The Joyce Theater Box Office, by calling JoyceCharge at (212) 242-0800 or online at www.joyce.org. Prices subject to change. The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street. For further information about the Company or the Gala, visit www.prdance.org.
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