Dear RIOULT Community,
All of us at RIOULT hope you are carrying on as best you can during this extraordinary moment. In light of the current health crisis and the call to action on behalf of the government and medical communities, all activities at
RIOULT Dance Center are suspended until the ban on non-essential businesses has been lifted.
In place of in-person classes RIOULT is now live online! Check below for more information.
A Note from Artistic Director, Pascal Rioult:
In these times of uncertainty and isolation,
we at RIOULT are concerned about everyone’s spirits and well-being.
While we can no longer share our dancing with you in person, we would like to give you the opportunity to view the company
in performance, in rehearsal, and in candid moments behind the scenes.
We are opening our archives from the early days of RIOULT to the present.
& our dancers at @dancersof_rioult
Let’s stay connected and please, be safe.
Dancer Led Classes
We so deeply regret not being able to serve our Queens community of friends, our supporters and our clients at this time. To be able to participate in a virtual class, keep your body moving and your spirits fresh, please click below to see the classes our dancers are sharing from their homes and personal spaces with the RIOULT community.
for more adult class offerings, follow @dancersof_rioult
Archival Pick of the Week
Last week we would have celebrated our 26th NY Season! On the program would have been the premiere performance of my new Ravel work and restagings of two of our most loved pieces Wien (Vienna) and Bolero.
This week’s archival pick is a performance of Bolero that would have closed the program. I’ve included a clip of 3 exciting minutes of never before seen footage shot from the wings.
Bolero was a tremendous challenge to choreograph. The music has been heard too many times, it has been choreographed too many times, and carries with it strong sexual symbolism. It took me a while to find the key, and that was to do what Ravel said he did: a composition exercise. Only four phrases of movement, presented at the beginning of the piece, and repeated and developed, building in speed and energy, so as to match the famous musical crescendo.
Intellectually demanding for me, it became even more physically demanding for the dancers, and especially terrifying to new dancers who have to learn and perform it for the first time.
Bolero has been described in the press as a “dance machine” and a “tour de force”. Enjoy.
- Pascal Rioult
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