RIOULT Dance NY, a leading American modern dance company with a classic sensibility, returned to The Joyce Theater from June 21-26, 2016 with eight performances featuring World and New York City Premieres.
An established name in modern dance with a reputation for performing sensual, articulate, and exquisitely musical works, RIOULT Dance NY performed two programs. WOMEN ON THE EDGE examined the role of women in times of conflict and featured the World Premiere of Cassandra’s Curse, set to live music. The second program was distinguished by the New York City premiere of Polymorphous, a piece exploring the subjectivity of perception through movement and technology; Duets, a suite of magnificent duets drawn from some of Pascal Rioult’s finest dances; and two repertory works.
Special events during the company’s Joyce Theater engagement included a Family Matinee on Saturday, June 25; a Curtain Chat following the Thursday, June 23 performance with members of the company, as well as a gala immediately following the performance on June 22 at Studio 450.
PROGRAM A: WOMEN ON THE EDGE…Unsung Heroines of the Trojan War
Iphigenia is a dance drama chronicling a young woman’s transfiguration from innocent child to transcendental heroine. Based on Euripides’ Iphigenia in Aulis, it focuses on King Agamemnon’s decision to sacrifice his daughter – much to the horror of his wife, Clytemnestra, and his daughter’s betrothed, Achilles – and Iphigenia’s ultimate acceptance of her fate. Through dramatic dance scenes woven together with a recurring ensemble-the Greek chorus, the part-narrative, part-abstract piece unfolds, reintroducing audiences to this beautifully tragic story.
On Distant Shores (2011)
On Distant Shores…A Redemption Fantasy evokes the ancient myth of Helen of Troy. “I always thought Helen got a bad rap,” says Pascal Rioult. In this work he sets out to redeem her, imagining she is brought to Troy against her will, where she encounters four god-like warriors.
Cassandra’s Curse (World Premiere)
The world premiere of Pascal’s new work, Cassandra’s Curse, is set to a commissioned score by acclaimed composer Richard Danielpour and will premiere with live music. Loosely based on Euripides’ The Trojan Women, this dance reveals the character of Cassandra, whose gift of prophecy allows her to foresee the unfortunate fate of Troy, though not a soul believes her. Her curse is a metaphor for a society’s tendencies to ignore the voice of reason and to repeat its history of war and violence.
Cassandra’s Curse is co-commissioned by ADF with support from the Doris Duke/SHS Foundations Award for New Dance and created in part with the support from the Made in Wickenburg Residency program with funding from the R. H. Johnson Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, WESTAF, and the Wellik Foundation.
Dream Suite (2014)
Dream Suite is a contemporary take on romanticism. The contrasting mood of Tchaikovsky’s “Orchestral Suite No. 2 in C Major” is juxtaposed with more aggressive, rhythmic and athletic movement. With a palette inspired by the paintings of Marc Chagall, this thoroughly contemporary work delves into the surreal as it evolves.
Polymorphous (2015) – NYC Premiere
Set to selections from J.S. Bach’s “The Well Tempered Clavier,” Polymorphous explores the subjectivity of perception through movement and technology. The work takes on the very idea of polymorphism, referring to the act of something that assumes or occurs in various forms.
Duets, a series of duets and double duets drawn from Pascal Rioult’s extensive repertory, captures his knack for distinctive partnering.
Bolero, one of Rioult’s most popular works, is a bold and unique interpretation of Ravel’s famous musical score. Its perpetual motion and ever-changing patterns build to an inevitable climax, creating a riveting tour de force.
RIOULT Dance NY, founded in 1994, 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 ten-dancer company, based in New York City, is led by husband-and-wife team Pascal Rioult and 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. www.rioult.org.
Tickets start at $10 and are on sale now at www.joyce.org.