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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Rialto announces 2011-12 line-up

Ronald K. Browns Evidence Dance Company is one of the acts slated for the 2011-2012 Rialto season.
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  • Ronald K. Brown's Evidence Dance Company is one of the acts slated for the 2011-2012 Rialto season.
The Rialto Center for the Arts in downtown Atlanta has announced its new season for 2011-12, and unsurprisingly dance occupies a central part of that line-up. The Rialto was a recent recipient of a $100,000 grant for its dance series from the Charles Loridans Foundation, an Atlanta-based organization which focuses funding on smaller arts groups.

The roster of dance, jazz and world music from around the globe sounds amazing, but we're especially intrigued by news of an inaugural contemporary dance festival in January of 2012 to be co-curated by one of Atlanta's own, gloATL artistic director and choreographer Lauri Stallings. We admire her eclectic enthusiasm for contemporary creation almost as much as we're in awe of her non-stop “I'll sleep when I'm dead” approach to work. It should be a great event. The finishing touches of that particular schedule are still being put in place, but a full line-up of the other dance and music events for Rialto 2011-12 can be found after the jump.


A Night in Treme featuring Kermit Ruffins, Soul Rebels Brass Band, & other artists
Saturday, October 22, 2011, 8 PM
A performance featuring Mardi Gras Indian Chief and alto saxophonist Donald Harrison, Jr., young trombonist Glen David Andrews, the Soul Rebels Brass Band, and New Orleans legendary Kermit Ruffins.

Innovative French choreographer Pierre Rigals company compagnie dernière minute will perform at the Rialto in October.
  • Innovative French choreographer Pierre Rigal's company "compagnie dernière minute" will perform at the Rialto in October.
compagnie dernière minute of Pierre Rigal
Sunday, October 30, 2011, 5 PM
French contemporary dance from Pierre Rigal's company “compagnie dernière minute” which explores the interplay of dance and technology.

Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba
Saturday, November 5, 2011, 8 PM
Bassekou Kouyate is a master of the ngoni, an ancient traditional lute similar to the American banjo found throughout West Africa, and has collaborated with many musicians in and outside of Mali, including Bela Fleck, with whom he performed on the Rialto stage in 2010.

Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE: A Dance Company
Saturday November 19, 2011, 8 PM
Ronald K. Brown blends African, modern, ballet, and social dance styles with his Brooklyn-based company. The performance is a culmination of a multi-day residency in Atlanta.

Holiday Jazz Vespers
featuring the Atlanta Jazz Chorus and special guests
Saturday, December 10, 2011, 8 PM
A seasonal tradition featuring the jazz chorus with special guests.

The Capitol Steps
Saturday, January 21, 2012, 8 PM
Political satire and music from the much-loved DC performance troupe.

Off the Edge — Take the Leap!
The Rialto’s Inaugural Contemporary Dance Festival

Friday, January 27 & Saturday, January 28, 2012, 8 PM
A two day event with contemporary dance companies from around the United States and the world.

Joe Gransden and jazz vocalist Maria Howell
Saturday, February 11, 2012, 8 PM
A celebration of the work of Georgia composer Johnny Mercer from jazz vocalist Maria Howell and trumpeter Joe Gransden.

Yasmin Levy with special guest Omar Faruk Tekbilek

Saturday, February 18, 2012, 8 PM
World music from Israeli cantor and musicologist Yasmin Levy and Turkish multi-instrumentalist Omar Faruk Tekbilek.

McCoy Tyner with his Trio and special guest Joe Lovano
Saturday, February 25, 2012, 8 PM
Jazz pianist McCoy Tyner performs with Grammy-winning saxophonist and composer Joe Lovano.

Trey McIntyre Project
Saturday, March 10, 2012, 8 PM
A performance by the company of Trey McIntyre, one of the most sought-after choreographers working today. The performance is a culmination of a multi-day residency in Atlanta.

Spanish Harlem Orchestra
Saturday, March 17, 2012, 8 PM
Contemporary Latin music from the thirteen-member ensemble directed by pianist, arranger, and producer Oscar Hernández.

Anoushka Shankar
  • Anoushka Shankar
Anoushka Shankar
Saturday, March 24, 2012, 8 PM
Sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar, daughter of the legendary Ravi Shankar, explores the crossover between Indian music and a variety of genres including electronica, jazz, flamenco, and Western classical music.

Cedric Watson et Bijou Creole and Feufollet

Saturday, March 31, 2012, 8 PM
A night of Cajun music featuring Grammy-nominated Creole musician, Cedric Watson and his band Bijou Creole alongside the innovative Cajun band Feufollet.

The Idan Raichel and Vieux Farka Touré Quartet
Saturday, April 21, 2012, 8 PM
Pianist Idan Raichel of Israel and guitarist Vieux Farka Touré of Mali collaborate for a night of innovative world music.

Poncho Sanchez and Terence Blanchard
Saturday, April 28, 2012, 8 PM
Poncho Sanchez & Terence Blanchard, with the backing of the Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band, perform a tribute to the legacy of the Original Conga King, Chano Pozo and his collaborator in Latin Jazz, Dizzy Gillespie.

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