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Director and Choreographer Pascal Rioult is a former track and field star from France, who, after coming to the U.S. to study modern dance, became a principal dancer with the Martha Graham Company. In 1994 he founded his own company to bring his unique choreographic vision to national and international audiences. Rioult has been commissioned by festivals and companies around the world to create new work both with and without his small yet vital company. Rioult is also a two-time recipient of the acclaimed Choo-San Goh award for choreography.

Based in New York City, RDC’s dancers are highly trained to project the sensual and powerful style that has made the company one of New York’s gems; former New York Times dance critic Anna Kisselgoff has compared Rioult’s choreography to that of Balanchine, one of the highest accolades an artist can receive in the dance world. Universal themes, a refined sense of musicality and staging, and brilliant collaborations with costume, scenic, lighting, and projection designers make RDC ballets stimulating and enriching. Whether it is Rioult’s full-length ballets, such as his version of The Firebird, or shorter pieces such as Piaf Suite, RDC always brings something passionate to the stage that is well worth watching.

Along with its NY season and national and international touring schedule, RCD is also very active in the community, presenting DanceReach and other arts-in-education programs to expand awareness and appreciation for contemporary dance.
Michele Kadison

Rioult Information

  • Venues: The company spends most of the year touring the United States (and, in some years, internationally as well).  In New York, they have a short season in June at the Joyce Theater.
  • Public Transportation: The Joyce Theater is easily accessible by subway lines A, C, and E at 14th Street; L train at Eighth Avenue; 1 train at 18th Street/7th Avenue; and buses M11, M14, and M20)
  • Handicapped Accessibility: Good
  • Performances/Programs: The company repertoire fuses contemporary movement with classical scores, performing a dozen or so pieces once or twice at each tour venue
  • Ticket Prices: Tickets generally range between $20 and $50
  • Membership: Individual donor levels start at $50 and include free online newsletters. Higher-level donors receive invitations to open rehearsals (Sponsor $500–$999), backstage access during the NY Season, and autographed images of the company (Director’s Circle $5,000+).