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February 6, 2013
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Friday, March 8, 2013 at 8 p.m.


Acclaimed dance ensemble makes its Washington, D.C. area debut in Fairfax


            FAIRFAX, Va., Feb. 6, 2013 ­– Committed to presenting awe-inspiring movement set to gorgeous works by the world’s great classical composers, RIOULT (pronounced ree-you) brings an enchanting evening of dance that will take your breath away in its first appearance in the greater Washington, D.C. area. This stunning modern dance ensemble appears at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Friday, March 8, 2013 at 8 p.m. All ticket holders are invited to attend a free pre-performance discussion, sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts, which begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III.

            The brainchild of former Martha Graham principal dancer Pascal Rioult, RIOULT has firmly established a sparkling reputation for blending compelling musicality and lyrical elegance to create modern dance that is both technically powerful and rich with intellect and emotion. This will be showcased in a program featuring 2011’s “Celestial Tides,” danced to Bach’s “Brandenburg” Concerto No. 6; two works danced to music by Ravel: 1995’s “Wien,” set to “La Valse,” and 2008’s “Bolero,” set to the piece by the same name; and 2011’s “On Distant Shores,” a work inspired by Helen of Troy, danced to music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis. The company features 11 dancers and one apprentice.

            A former track and field star in France, Pascal Rioult moved to the United States in 1981 to study modern dance on a fellowship from the French Ministry of Culture. After performing in the companies of May O’Donnell and Paul Sanasardo, he was invited to join the Martha Graham Dance Company. He performed many prestigious roles as a principal dancer with the company, and in 1990, Graham created the central role, the Death Figure, in “The Eye of the Goddess” for Rioult. He later performed opposite of Mikhail Baryshnikov and Joyce Herring in Graham’s “El Penitente,” and was also featured in two television specials, “Martha Graham in Japan” and “Five Dances by Martha Graham at the Paris Opera.” He founded RIOULT in 1994, and his choreography and signature style quickly him earned praise from audiences and critics alike. The New York Times’ Anna Kisselgoff said, “[Rioult] has met the challenge of comparison with George Balanchine,” while Backstage called him “ … perhaps the most adept and courageous choreographer in mainstream modern dance today.” In addition, his works have been commissioned by festivals and companies from across the globe, from the American Dance Festival to the Geneva Ballet. Rioult is the recipient of the Choo-San Goh Award for Choreography, as well as numerous grants, including those from the National Endowment of the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts.


Tickets for RIOULT are $23, $38 and $46. Visit the box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent the Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university Lot K. For more information, please visit Like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at @GMU_CFA.


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