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Purple ballet in NYC

Pascal Rioult  speaks about his Purple dance

A dance performance, set to the music of Deep Purple is being staged in New York. Titled Fire in the Sky, this is a brainchild of choreographer Pascal Rioult:

The new work [Fire in the Sky], my first rock and roll piece, is set to the music of Deep Purple. This is the music that I danced to in the 70s in clubs, music that I really loved. The journey to becoming a professional dancer and choreographer and artistic director really started in those clubs.

Fire in the Sky is a life’s work in dance. A nostalgic homage to the whimsy of youth, Fire in the Skye calls a life lived in constant motion. Set to Deep Purple’s dynamic songs “Smoke on the Water” (1973), “Child in Time,” (1970), “Lazy,” (1972), and “Highway Star” (1972), the new performancecaptures the spirit of an artist fully realizing his craft.

You can check out the video announcement.

The performance will run at the Joyce Theater in New York City daily between Wednesday, May 31, and Sunday, June 4. Tickets can be booked via the theater’s website.

Thanks to Nigel Young and BWW Dance World for the info.

8 Comments to “Purple ballet in NYC”:

  1. 1
    Morten Overgaard says:

    Yes! By chance I’ll sctually be in NYC for this.

  2. 2
    Nigel Young says:

    “Pascal Rioult’s new piece “Fire in the Sky” is a blazing homage to his early dance club days, when the dynamic hits of Deep Purple inspired the young dancer to pursue a life lived in constant motion. Premiering @thejoycetheater May 31- June 4. TICKETS: http://bit.ly/2gJAGyp #RIOULT #Dance #Dancers #NYSeason #TheJoyceTheater #WorldPremiere #FireintheSky #DeepPurple #FirstProgRockDance”

  3. 3
    Rune Busk says:

    That dancesow I would love to go and see

  4. 4
    Eric A. Eisenstein says:

    Not sure that is something I would attend. Would rather spend the money to see Purple again

  5. 5
    byron says:

    Why did they insert a picture of Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee in the video announcement?!

  6. 6
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    Fancy steppin’ at it’s finest!.

  7. 7
    George G Martin says:


    Eric, I know you don’t remember this but we sat next to each other at a Deep Purple concert in Atlantic City during the Bananas tour. PNC Bank art center is going to be great and possibly the last time I’ll ever see them. As someone who never misses a Deep Purple concert you should be there too!

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    Nigel Young says:

    A review:
    “There’s a glam-rock sock hop at the Joyce this weekend, courtesy of choreographer/entrepreneur Pascal Rioult and his driving company Rioult Dance, performing the world premiere of Rioult’s FIRE IN THE SKY. Jere Hunt plays an Iggy-Ziggy rock god, mesmerizing his band of followers with animal grace in painted-on, silver-and-black, zebra-striped jeans—designed by Patricia Field and David Dalrymple, who took a bow during the enthusiastic curtain calls on opening night. The choreography, the costumes, and the attitude are pure androgynous Seventies, but rather than go over the top with a Velvet Goldmine score, Rioult wisely chose to set this new piece to the prole boogie of Deep Purple. “Smoke on the Water,” “Child in Time,” “Lazy,” and “Highway Star” set the scene for an extended workout by this uniformly excellent troupe. Sabatino A. Verlezza—all energy, charisma, athleticism, and command of precise form—is a particular standout. A revisited TE DEUM, a Rioult piece from 1995, opens the evening.” [Barlo Perry]

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