RIOULT was founded in 1994 and fast became an established name in modern dance with a reputation for creating and presenting the sensual, articulate, and exquisitely musical works of Pascal Rioult. Born into the American modern dance tradition, RIOULT is creating its own legacy of contemporary dance that speaks to the mind as well as the heart of the global community. The company of ten dancers is based in New York City and presents an annual New York season, tours nationally and internationally.
RIOULT prides itself on its commitment to its dancers. Among the primary goals of the organization is to provide steady employment, health care, and foster the artistic development of its performers by offering training classes, teaching opportunities, challenging repertory and extended rehearsal and performance schedules.
Education and community outreach have been integral to RIOULT since its inception. RIOULT's arts-in-education program DanceREACH offers an interactive approach to introducing students to the world of modern dance. It has impacted thousands of students and community members in New York City and around the world. Ongoing relationships with schools in New York City and the metropolitan area allow RIOULT to inspire new generations of dancers and audiences.
RIOULT has been invited to perform in theatres and festivals throughout North America: New York City Center Fall for Dance, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, American Dance Festival in Raleigh NC, the Tamaulipas Festival, Mexico, the Annenberg Center in Philadelphia, PA, Le Grand Théâtre De Québec, Canada, the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, FL, and Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley, CA, to name a few. An extensive international touring schedule has brought the company to the Bermuda Festival, Cannes International Festival, Danse à Aix, Festival du Val du Marne, the Temps le Danse Festival, the Paris Opera Bastille, and La Maison de la Danse in France, stages in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and numerous other countries, cities and towns throughout the world.
Major supporters of RIOULT's 2008-2009 season include Air France, Shana Alexander Foundation, The Atlantic Philanthropies, Crédit Industriel et Commercial, The Grand Marnier Foundation, Harkness Foundation for Dance, Harriet & Gordon Greenfield Foundation, The Niki and Joe Gregory Charitable Foundation, Donald L. Holley, The Geoffrey C. Hughes Foundation, GMCG, LLC, Jana Foundation, Kenneth French Fund for New Works, LePercq deNeuflize, The Lepercq Foundation, The Lila Acheson Wallace Theater Fund of the New York Community Trust, Memorix, Inc., NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, Parker Kandall, The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, The Shubert Foundation, Sidley Austin LLP, and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation.
RIOULT is committed to supporting the creation of new works by founder and choreographer Pascal Rioult; to communicating the essence and intensity of his artistic vision; to sustaining its company of dancers; and to educating and expanding audiences for modern dance at home and, through touring, nationally and internationally.