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RIOULT DANCE NY Announces 2014 European Tour

by Michelle Brandon
March 9, 2014
RIOULT Dance NY, a leading American modern dance company with a classic sensibility, announces its 2014 European Tour from March 9 – April 1, 2014 with performances in Italy and France. For information on specific tour locations or to purchase tickets, visit: www.rioult.org/performances/calendar.

The tour will stop in France at Theatre de l'Atrium in Chaville, Centre des Bords de Marne in Le Perreux-sur-Marne, Scenes Mitoyennes in Caudry, and Ferme du Manet in Montigny; and in Italy at Teatro Nuovo in Udine, and Teatro Comunale Luciano Pavarotti in Modena. Each program presented throughout the tour will feature choreography from the company's established repertory.


Theatre de l'Atrium in Chaville – March 15
Fables: Local children will take class with RIOULT Dance NY dancers/teaching artists Marianna Tsartolia and Anastasia Soroczynski, and the performance will incorporate the children into two sections of the piece including The Hare & the Tortoise and The Ant & the Grasshopper.

Theatre de l'Atrium in Chaville, France – March 15
Fables & Celestial Tides

Centre des Bords de Marne in Le Perreux-sur-Marne – March 18
Bach Dances
Views of the Fleeting World, City, and Celestial Tides

Scenes Mitoyennes in Caudry – March 28
Bach Dances
Views of the Fleeting World, City, and Celestial Tides

Ferme du Manet in Montigny – March 29
Ravel Project
Home Front, Wien, Prelude to Night, and Bolero


Teatro Nuovo in Udine – March 31
Ravel Project
Home Front, Wien, Prelude to Night, and Bolero

Teatro Comunale Luciano Pavaroti in Modena – April 2
Bach Dances
Views of the Fleeting World, City, and Celestial Tides


Fables (1997/2012) set to Paul Salerni's "Fables"
Celestial Tides (2011) set to Bach's "Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat major"
City (2010) set to Bach's "Sonata for Violin and Piano #6 in G major"
Views of the Fleeting World (2008) set to "The Art of Fugue"
Home Front (2000) set to Maurice Ravel's "Le Tombeau de Couperin"
Wien (1995) set to Maurice Ravel's "La Valse"
Prelude to Night (2001) set to Maurice Ravel's "Prelude a la nuit," "Alborada del Gracioso," & "Rapsodie Espagnole: Feria"
Bolero (2002) set to Maurice Ravel's "Bolero"

BACH DANCES is a series of powerful dances set to Bach masterpieces. Characterized by a unity of music, movement, and art (animated projections), this program includes Views of the Fleeting World (2008), City (2010), and Celestial Tides (2011). Views of the Fleeting World was inspired by the ancient woodblock prints of the Japanese master Hiroshige and explores the ephemeral quality of living things and the eternal cycle of life through nine short vignettes. Before projections of urban buildings that progressively deconstruct and distort, dancers in City evolve from "just another face in the crowd" to individuals, offering a sense of humanity. Lastly, Celestial Tides is a stunning movement-driven work, propelled by the joy and emotion inherent in the art of dance.

THE RAVEL PROJECT was Pascal Rioult's first choreographic investigation of the music of a single composer. The program includes Home Front (2000), Wien (1995), Prelude to Night (2002), and Bolero (2002) - all set to the music of Maurice Ravel. Home Front is an evocative work that draws upon the hope, fear, temptation, and salvation shared by soldiers and loved ones alike. Wien marks one of Rioult's most powerful works, turning the Viennese waltz's revered image of grace and social refinement inside out, using it as a metaphor to expose the decadence and moral disintegration of a society. The triptych Prelude to Night channels a woman's transitory sense of being through imagination, dream, and nightmares. Closing the program is Bolero, Rioult's well known, bold interpretation of Ravel's famous musical score.

FABLES is a family friendly work that highlights the timeless relevance of the age-old tales of Jean de La Fontaine. Based on the work of Aesop and the Indian fables of Bidpai, Pascal Rioul has taken La Fontaine's adaptation one step further by adding movement to the rhythmic narrative. Originally created in 1997, Rioult re-imagined this dance with new costumes, lighting, and choreography set to new music by Paul Salerni. Audiences enjoy familiar tales such as the Crow and the Fox, the Tortoise and the Hare, and the Ant and the Grasshopper.

"It has been a special pleasure for me to come back to France with my dance company and share my work with my countrymen. When I left home in the early 1980's to study in New York, contemporary dance was on the fringes, almost none existing. American Modern Dance had very little influence on the coming evolution of the French dance scene. Now as a French choreographer I am very happy to bring American Modern Dance back in the mix. It is a sort of paradox and I love it. I think that the confluence of my European culture and my American dance background have created a body of work that makes sense to them while being different from the local offerings. Our approach is "muscular" while engaging the mind and the heart." — Pascal Rioult

RIOULT Dance NY, celebrating its 20th Anniversary in the 2013-2014 Season, fast became an established name in modern dance with a reputation for bringing the sensual, articulate and musical dance works of Pascal Rioult to audiences worldwide. The twelve-dancer company, based in New York City, is led by husband-and-wife team Artistic Director/Choreographer Pascal Rioult and Associate Artistic Director Joyce Herring - both former Martha Graham Dance Company principal dancers. With an established repertoire of over 40 dances that expands each year, RIOULT Dance NY presents an annual New York Season and tours nationally and abroad. In addition, in-school arts education and community outreach have been integral to the company since its inception, introducing students and families to the art of modern dance.

Major supporters of RIOULT Dance NY's 2013-2014 20th Anniversary Season include: Shana Alexander Charitable Foundation; Assured Guaranty; The Atlantic Philanthropies Director/Employee Designated Gift Fund; Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation; Fund for New Works, a Kenneth French Legacy; Gordon & Harriet Greenfield Foundation; The Geoffrey C. Hughes Foundation; Harkness Foundation for Dance; Jana Foundation; Kendall-Parker Associates LLC; Kingsborough Community College; LaGuardia Community College; National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The O'Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation; The Shubert Foundation; Sidley Austin LLP; TAG Creative; Target; and Viking River Cruises.
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