From May 30th-June 3rd, 2018 RIOULT Dance NY presented the world premiere performances of Nostalghia to audiences at the Joyce Theater in Chelsea, NY.
The work, which served as the finale for the company’s 2018 NY Season program Written for Dance, showcased the extraordinary collaborative efforts of choreographer Pascal Rioult and composer Polina Nazaykinskaya.
Throughout the creative process, Ms. Nazaykinsaya was a regular presence in the rehearsal studio working side-by-side with Mr. Rioult and his Company of 10 dancers to capture the essence of nostalgia, and explore the conflict of maintaining a meaningful connection to the past while seeking a better world in the limitless expanse of space and time.
Pulling from both the old and the new, Nostalghia’s creators explored movement and music reflective of multiple eras including traditional Russian chant, disco, and current popular music. Where traditionally one art form might guide the other, Nostalghia was truly a collective effort with both creative arms moving, changing, and finding inspiration in each other.
The performances featured seven live musicians performing Nazaykinskaya’s score, lighting designs by long-time RIOULT collaborator Jim French, and costumes by Naomi Luppescu. Audiences and critics alike praised the work for its seamless and organic melding of music and dance, and it’s ability to inspire and reflect.
Nostalghia is one of Mr. Rioult’s most successful collaborative projects to date and RIOULT Dance NY looks forward to presenting the work for audiences as part of the Company’s repertoire for years to come.