Rioult Dance Company to appear at Columbia Theatre

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 Rioult Dancers
by: Tonya Lowentritt

RIOULT DANCE COMPANY - Southeastern Louisiana University's Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will present Rioult Dance Company Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Dancers are, from left, Anastasia Sorozcynski, Michael S. Phillips and Jane Sato. Tickets are available at the Columbia Theatre box office, online at, or by calling 985-543-4371. Photo credit: Erin Baiano.

HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University's Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will present Rioult Dance NY, for one night only on Sunday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the downtown Hammond theatre.

Founded in 1994, Rioult Dance NY fast became an established name in modern dance with a reputation for presenting the sensual, articulate, and exquisitely musical works of Pascal Rioult, said Columbia Theatre Interim Director Roy Blackwood.

"Rarely will you see such melding of beauty and athleticism as in the dances of choreographer Pascal Rioult. A former Olympic athlete and student of Martha Graham, Mr. Rioult launches his dancers across the stage in near-impossible arabesques with breath-taking mastery," he said. "As if pairing fine wine perfectly with a sumptuous main course, musical selections draw viewers into the precision of the dancer's movements. This is an extremely satisfying performance that will delight and inspire all."

The dance company presents an annual New York season, tours internationally, and conducts extensive arts education. The company has performed in theaters and festivals throughout North America, including New York City Center Fall for Dance, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, American Dance Festival, and many others. Internationally, the company has performed in Rioult's homeland of France for the Cannes International Festival, Danse 'a Aix, Festival du Val du Marne, Temps le Danse Festival, and Paris Opera Bastille.

Tickets range from $25 - $39 and are available at the Columbia Theatre box office Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. or by phone at (985) 543-4371. Patrons may also purchase tickets online at Special student ticket prices are available. Call the box office for more information.

All Southeastern faculty, retired faculty or university staff with ID may purchase one ticket for Rioult Dance Company and receive one ticket at half price. Both tickets must be purchased in the same transaction at the Columbia box office. Contact the box office at (985) 543-4371 for more information.



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