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Pascal Rioult and Ellis Wood dance companies to present performances and open rehearsal. July 6-13, 2007

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — From July 6-13 the contemporary dance companies of choreographers Pascal Rioult and Ellis Wood will present two performances and an open rehearsal at Vassar College's Kenyon Hall. Both prominent companies will be in residence at Vassar during the college's inaugural Summer Dance Workshop, and will also offer lecture-demonstrations to underserved youth in the area.

The Rioult and Wood company performances will be held in Kenyon Hall's new Frances Daly Fergusson Dance Theater, and the open rehearsal with Pascal Rioult Dance Theater will be in Kenyon's newly renovated Studio 1. All three programs are open to the public:

Performance of "Firewalling" and "Flat" by Ellis Wood Dance Friday, July 6 8:00 p.m. Frances Daly Fergusson Dance Theater, Kenyon Hall, Vassar College $10 admission For reservations call (845) 437-7832.

Open Rehearsal by Pascal Rioult Dance Theater Wednesday, July 11, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Dance Studio 1, Kenyon Hall, Vassar College Free admission.

Performance of new and old works by Pascal Rioult Dance Theatre Friday, July 13 8:00 p.m. Frances Daly Fergusson Dance Theater, Kenyon Hall, Vassar College $10 admission For reservations call (845) 437-7832.



Known for his daring and imaginative explorations of classical scores, Pascal Rioult creates new work that brings fresh perspective to timeless themes, flawlessly blending his European sensibilities with a strong background in American modern dance. With a repertoire of over twenty dances, Pascal Rioult Dance Theatre presents an annual season at The Joyce Theater in Manhattan and tours internationally. Rioult's signature piece, Bolero, has been seen at the New York City Center Fall for Dance Festival and on a 12-city European tour of France, Belgium and Switzerland. The company was honored to be the resident company of France's Théâtre de Saint Quentin en Yvelines for the Temps de Danse Festival, where it premiered The Ravel Project. Recent tour highlights include the premiere of Firebird at the American Dance Festival in Durham, NC, and appearances at the Annenberg Center in Philadelphia, PA and Cal Performances in Berkeley, CA.



Ellis Wood's artistic goal is to create ensemble work that merges fiercely technical movement with raw and revealing performance. In her highly respected choreography, Wood creates works in which the performers attack space with an unabashed sense of strength and vulnerability, both physically and emotionally. They fly fearlessly into the less comfortable world of the unknown, moving with the intensity of women powerfully revealed. The company's community-related work crosses cultural, racial, religious, socio-economic, generational, and gender boundaries to bring dance to groups that might not otherwise have this opportunity.


Named for Vassar's ninth president, the 5,700 square-foot theater seats 244 people, and opened in the fall of 2006 as the first space dedicated solely to dance performance on the Vassar campus. The stage measures 36′ x 36′ with surrounding wing space, and the facility includes advanced lighting, sound, and theater control systems.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, June 28, 2007