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George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Presents RIOULT Dance NY

September 16, 2015
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George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Presents RIOULT Dance NY

The Breathtaking Modern Dance Company Returns to the Center for the Arts on Oct. 9, 2015

FAIRFAX, Va., Sept. 16, 2015 – The exquisite dance ensemble, RIOULT Dance NY, returns to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts for an evening of modern dance on Oct. 9, 2015 at 8 p.m. Presenting an all-Bach program, the group explores themes of technology, relationships and isolation, the joy of movement and much more through breathtaking contemporary dance. For more than two decades, RIOULT Dance NY (ree-you) has established a sterling reputation for blending beautiful movement with luminous symphonic works. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, will be held 45 minutes prior to the performance in Grand Tier III at the Center for the Arts. The pre-performance discussion is sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

RIOULT Dance NY’s program includes the awe-inspiring works “Views from a Fleeting World,” “City,” “Polymorphous” and “Celestial Tides.” “Views from a Fleeting World” was inspired by the woodcut prints of the Japanese master Hiroshige and is set to J.S. Bach’s “The Art of Fugue.” In “City,” the tension of being “just another face in the crowd” is explored to the music of “Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord #6 in G major.” Set to Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto No. 6.,” “Celestial Tides” is formally structured and propelled by the joy and emotion behind the art of dance. New to the repertoire this year, “Polymorphous” explores the subjectivity of perception and technology set to Bach’s “The Well Tempered Clavier.”

The company includes Fairfax native Catherine Cooch. Cooch studied and preformed locally with the Maryland Youth Ballet before attending Marymount Manhattan College, where she earned her BFA in Dance.  Cooch joined RIOULT Dance NY in 2013.

The brainchild of former Martha Graham principal dancer Pascal Rioult, RIOULT Dance NY 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. 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 earned him praise from audiences and critics alike. Festivals and companies from across the globe have commissioned his works, 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.

Ticket Information: Tickets for RIOULT Dance NY are $48, $41 and $29.  The Center for the Arts ticket office is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in person at the ticket office, by phone at 888-945-2468, or online at 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 and Instagram at @GMU_CFA. 25th Anniversary Season hashtag: #GMUCFA25. 

About Great Performances at Mason

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance, Art and Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.

About George Mason University

George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university. Located near Washington, D.C., Mason enrolls more than 33,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states. Mason has grown rapidly over the past half-century and is recognized for its innovation and entrepreneurship, remarkable diversity and commitment to accessibility. Mason is also one of the best values in higher education, producing graduates who lead all Virginia schools with the highest annual salaries.

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