Review by Alix Cohen on www.womanaroundtown.com
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On the occasion of Edith Piaf’s centennial, Rioult Dance New York has innovatively staged a celebration of the little sparrow’s music. Though her life is sketched with a poor script, glorious vocals by singer/actress Christine Andreas, imaginative choreography by Pascal Rioult and a company of skilled, young dancers offer buoyant entertainment.
Our audience sits at tables on three sides of a T formed by extending a runway out from the raised stage. That dance takes place on this narrow platform while maintaining grace, originality, and visibility to both sides is an accomplishment. Andreas performs for the most part from the stage itself accompanied by a small band. Evocative lights scallop from the ceiling as if at a summer festival. Songs are in French with occasional English verses.Read More›