On Distant Shores (2011)
Music: Aaron J. Kernis, "On Distant Shores"
Length: 22 minutes
The first installment of the Dance to Contemporary Composer Series, On Distant Shores evokes ancient myths while feeling thoroughly contemporary. "I always thought that Helen got a bad rap," says Pascal Rioult. Determined to redeem her reputation, Rioult imagines Helen is brought to Troy against her will. In this work, four god-like warriors awaken to join her in fleeting duets. Ultimately she walks alone in a path of light as the war heroes fade into a dream.
Prelude to Night (2002)
Music: Maurice Ravel, "Prelude a la nuit." "Alborada del Gracioso," & "Feria"
Length: 28 minutes
Prelude to Night is a triptych danced to three short Ravel orchestral works. This piece hinges on the prevailing physical presence of the central female character who journeys from one state of being to another, by means of her imagination, dreams and nightmares.
Music: Maurice Ravel, "Bolero"
Length: 16 minutes
RIOULT Dance NY's Bolero is a bold and unique interpretation of the famous musical score. Its perpetual motion and ever-changing patterns build to its illusive but inevitable climax. The unrelenting crescendo of energy creates a riveting tour de force. It has become one of the company's most sought after and acclaimed works.
RIOULT Dance NY was founded in 1994 and 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 eleven dancer company, based in New York City, is led by husband-and-wife team Artistic Director/ Choreographer Pascal Rioult and Associate Artistic Director 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, education and community outreach have been integral to the company since its inception. The company's DanceREACH program, founded in 1997, provides various public and private school children in the New York metropolitan area with arts-in-education programs, introducing students to the art of modern dance with Pascal Rioult's repertory as a springboard. Please visit www.rioult.org for more information on RIOULT Dance NY.
With his two best known early pieces, Ecstatic Orange and Yellow Pages, written while still a composition student at Yale, Michael Torke practically defined post-Minimalism-a music which utilizes the repetitive structures of a previous generation, incorporating musical techniques from both the classical tradition and the contemporary pop world. Torke cut short his graduate study to begin a professional career in NYC, where he was signed by Boosey and Hawkes. He became an exclusive recording artist with Argo/Decca Records and began his 5-year collaboration with Peter Martins and the NYC Ballet. Torke founded Ecstatic Records in 2003 and most recently the label released Tahiti with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic's 10/10. Visit www.michaeltorke.com for more information.
The Camerata New York Orchestra was founded in 1999 in Vienna, Austria, garnering immediate critical acclaim. Now in its thirteenth season after re-establishing in New York, the flexible ensemble of up to 50 players has had successful concerts at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, St. Paul's Chapel, and Merkin Hall, among others. The mission of Camerata New York is to promote the most talented young musicians in New York, to present the great works from the baroque to contemporary in concerts on the highest level for the New York community, and to cultivate a new generation of classical music enthusiasts. Visit www.cameratany.org for more information.