Last week I had the honor of attending RIOULT Dance NY's 2017 Winter Gala at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers. It was a celebratory evening held to honor Ellen Harris (in memoriam) and The Coughlin/Davis Family for their steadfast support of the company.
Everything from the ambiance, to the food and entertainment were perfection. Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres while bidding on luxury items, private gourmet dinners, theatre tickets and professionally framed photos of the RIOULT dancers during a silent auction.
The auction was followed by an incredible dinner menu that included dishes like Artisanal Vegetable Tart, Truffled Day Boat Cod, and Family Style Sweets!
Without a doubt, my favorite part of the evening was watching the RIOULT dancers perform, and learning about the plans to build a brand new dance center.
Artistic Director and choreographer, Pascal Rioult, and his wife, Associate Artistic Director Joyce Herring, shared exciting updates on the project; “Building RIOULT Dance Center, studios and a world-class school, has been a dream of mine since the inception of the Company. Beyond my body of work, this will be my legacy, an intuition where we will train professional dancers and artists. The dream is now becoming reality with the help all of you, my dancers, my staff, my Board and our extended family of fans and friends. We are building an open, welcoming, beautiful place for the arts to flourish. We need it more than ever.”
The dancers gave breathtaking and dynamic performances throughout the night, including an excerpt from Pascal's new work set to the music of Deep Purple's Smoke On The Water.
|Photo by Eric Bandiero|
RIOULT has a definitively unique presence that resonates long after they leave the stage. I highly recommend experiencing it for yourself during their NY season.