RIOULT and Quad City Arts

In January 2012 RIOULT was part of The Visiting Artist Series which brings artists of international acclaim to the Quad City region.  As part of the Series, the Company participated in a one-week residency that allowed RIOULT to reach thousands of kids, through Lecture Demonstrations in schools.  The kids had the opportunity to experience modern dance, many of them for the very first time.  The residency concluded with a public performance at the Galvin Fine Arts Center.

Below are photos of some of the kids watching RIOULT’s lecture demonstrations in schools throughout the Quad City Region.


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“Small Steps” in Lufkin, Texas

RIOULT performed Small Steps, Tiny Revolutions at the Angelina Arts Alliance in Lufkin, Texas.  Thirteen local kids had the opportunity to perform alongside RIOULT.  Our heartfelt thanks to all the parents that entrusted us with their kids, the understudies who stood by in support, the fantastic crew at the Angelina Arts Alliance theater and to Rick Schiller for inviting us to Lufkin, Texas.  We had an amazing experience in your community.  Congratulations to all the kids!!!

Great job everybody!

On Distant Shores

On Distant Shores (2011) – excerpt –

Shimmering, On Distant Shores evokes ancient myths while feeling thoroughly contemporary “I had always thought that Helen got a bad rap,” says Rioult as he set out to redeem Helen of Troy’s reputation.

What transpires?  Rioult imagines that Helen’s is brought to Troy against her will.  Four god-like young warriors awaken to partner Helen in fleeting duets, in the end, she continues to walk in a path of light as the heroes fade into a dream.


Length: 22 minutes
Music: Aaron J. Kernis, “On Distant Shores”
Lighting: David Finley
Costumes: Pilar Limosner
Narration: Jacqueline Chambord
Conductor: Aaron J. Kernis  –  Touring Calendar  –

FREE at Bryant Park…RIOULT!

RIOULT performs FREE at the Bryant Park Fall Festival!

When: Friday, September 23 at 6:00pm

What: Celestial Tides (2011), Wien (1995) and Bolero (2002).

Where: Bryant Park (Lawn) is situated behind the New York Public Library in midtown Manhattan (bet. 40th and 42nd St. & Fifth and Sixth Avenues)

How to get there:  Take the B, D, F, or M train to 42nd Street/Bryant Park.  Take the 7 to 5th Avenue

Musically astute, visually arresting, kinetically thrilling modern dance, RIOULT… Dont miss it!

Watch an excerpt of Celestial Tides


Celestial Tides

Celestial Tides   (excerpt)

A joyful dance filled with underlying emotional content, Celestial Tides captivated audiences at its premiere at The Joyce Theater in 2011.  “Superb… Rioult showed his mastery of movement…the calm expressive beauty of the central quartet lingered in the mind.”    — Philip Gardner of Oberon’s Grove

Length: 22 minutes
Music: J.S. Bach, “Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat major”
Lighting: David Finley
Costumes: Karen Young
Artwork: Harry Feiner
Projection Design: Brian Clifford Beasley

Funders: Celestial Tides was developed in residence at the Kaatsbaan International Dance Center supported, in part, with a New York State Residency grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, and through a space grant with LaGuardia Performing Arts Center’s lab program.  Additional support was provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Kenneth French Fund for New Works.  –  Touring Calendar  – Booking:

RIOULT Gala 2011

RIOULT dance company held its annual Gala fundraiser on Wednesday, June 15th at The Altman Building following a performance at The Joyce Theater in Chelsea. The Honorees were Robert Cole, conductor and former Director of Cal Performances who presented RIOULT at Berkeley on three occasions and co-commissioned RIOULT’s signature work, “Bolero”; and Harsha Murthy, Managing Partner, Consummate Capital LLC and Chairman of RIOULT’s Chairman’s Council.

Both staunch fans of Pascal Rioult’s choreography, the evening was a celebration of their commitment to dance and shared passion for music. The event was co-chaired by Frank Shawl, Executive Director of The O’Donnell-Green Music & Dance Foundation; and Dr. Robert Davis, Founding member, RIOULT Chairman’s Council. Funds raised during the event will help support year-round health insurance for the dancers.

During The Joyce Season, RIOULT presented 2 World Premieres, “Celestial Tides,” completing Pascal Rioult’s evening of Bach, and “On Distant Shores…a redemption fantasy” set to original music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, Aaron Jay Kernis. The programs also included “Black Diamond,” “Views of the Fleeting World,” “City,” and “Bolero.” The 17-year-old ensemble is anxious to embark on its European Tour in March.


RIOULT gears up for NY Season 2011

RIOULT at The Joyce Theater June 14-19, 2011

Passionate, intensely human, intelligent work for audiences who are ready to be deeply moved — Get tickets to RIOULT!

Program A features the much-anticipated world premiere of Bare Bach, an evening of powerful dances, set to Bach masterpieces, that magically transforms the experience of the composer’s works.  Program A: Views of the Fleeting World, City, Celestial Tides.

Program B switches gears with a world premiere, performed to the music of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, Aaron Jay Kernis that inaugurates RIOULT’s Dance to Contemporary Composers series.  Program B: Black Diamond*, On Distant Shores**, Bolero

*Performed to live music  – **Live music conducted by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis


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