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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

Bolero from


Dancer Brian Flynn on

Creating with Pascal

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