RIOULT to Perform at The Arts Center Nov. 11

Special to the Parade



RIOULT, and the sensual and emotional works of modern choreographer Pascal Rioult, will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11 at The Arts Center. The performance is made possible in part by generous support from Keppel Amfels.

A colorful and contemporary addition to the 2011-2012 Signature Series lineup, RIOULT was founded in New York City in 1994 and now tours nationally and internationally.

Pronounced “Rē you,” this company of nine dancers is led by artistic director and choreographer Rioult, who was a principal dancer for many years with the Martha Graham Dance Company.

Dr. Dan Barnard, Arts Center Director, calls RIOULT an “incredibly accessible” modern dance company that can be experienced to advantage in the university’s state-of-the-art new performance hall.

“Their choreography is so clean and so clear,” Barnard said. “It’s really a pleasure to watch.”

Critics have praised Rioult’s “acute sense of classical structure with a profound musical sensibility.” Others describe him as “one of the most adept and courageous choreographers in mainstream modern dance today” and as a leader in neo-modern dance that is “rooted in tradition but open to the future.”

The company has a strong education and community outreach component through its arts-in-education program, DanceREACH. Thousands of students and community members have been introduced to modern dance through programs conducted by RIOULT teaching artists.

After a successful inaugural run, this year’s Signature Series promises both a diverse range of performances and the same dedication to excellence that patrons have come to expect at The Arts Center.

“This season has something for everyone including dance, world music, jazz, family entertainment, and the best mariachi group in the world – all at surprisingly affordable prices,” Barnard said.

Patrons are encouraged to purchase early, as limited lower-priced seating is expected to sell out quickly. Season and multi-performance tickets offer attractive discounts off the regular single-ticket price. Arts Center members receive additional discounts, as well as special benefits such as reserved parking and invitations to members-only events.

For more information, call (956) 882-8587.

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