VIEWS OF THE FLEETING WORLD (2008)

VIEWS OF THE FLEETING WORLD (2008)
Length: 34 minutes
Music: J.S. Bach, “The Art of Fugue”
Lighting: David Finley
Costumes: Karen Young
Projection Design: Harry Feiner
Projection Animation: Brian Clifford Beasley

Views of the Fleeting World was inspired by the ancient woodblock prints of the Japanese master Hiroshige and the ingenious structure of Bach’s musical score. The ephemeral quality of all living things and the eternal cycle of life are the themes that Mr. Rioult found common, and explored in this contemporary dance work. Each of the sevent short vignettes – “Orchard,” “Gathering Storm,” “Wild Horses,” “Dusk,” “Summer Wind,” “Moonlight,” and “Flowing River” – captures a moment in time and nature through the colors, lines and rhythm of the dance. These moments reflect the depth of emotion that can be found in such seemingly spare and simple elements

Views of the Fleeting World is dedicated to the memory of Harriet and Gordon Greenfield.

“J.S. Bach’s “The Art of Fugue” is beautifully wrought with both purity and strength and provides and most insipiring canvas on which to choreograph a work that celebrates beauty and humanity in art, as in life. This is the tribute I want to offer to the memory of two exceptional people in dedication to their belief in the transforming power of the performing arts” – Pascal Rioult, June 2008

“Deftly carves space and shapes emotion with controlled dynamics and visually striking tableaus.”
– Gus Solomons Jr., Gay City News

Commissioned by the Gordon and Harriet Greenfield Foundation. Views of the Fleeting World was developed while in residence at the Kaatsbaan International Dance Center which was supported, in part, by the Geoffrey C. Hughes Foundation and a New York State Long Term Residency grant from the New York State Council on the Arts. Additional support provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Fund for New Works, a Kenneth French Legacy.