Photo by Ian Whalen

Photo by Ian Whalen

Riley is a dance artist in Portland, Maine.

Riley received his ballet and modern dance training at the Juilliard School, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, and Thomas School of Dance.  From 2007-2016, he lived in Europe and danced professionally with The Forsythe Company (Germany), Netherlands Dance Theater, and Bern Ballet (Switzerland).  Riley has danced with choreographer William Forsythe since 2010 and can currently be seen around the world performing in Forsythe’s critically acclaimed A Quiet Evening of Dance and the video work Alignigung which could recently be seen in Forsythe’s Choreographic Objects exhibit at the ICA BostonRiley is a Princess Grace Award recipient and was named Contemporary Dancer of the Year for the Leonide Massine - Positano Prize, Italy, 2015.  

Riley creates iterative choreographic events through dance improvisation and embodied contemplative practice.  His most recent work, VEIL, was a triptych created in 2018 as a duet for Doppelgänger Dance Collective at the Granoff Center at Brown University (Veil i), a solo while in residence at SPACE, Bates Dance Festival, and Boston Center for the Arts (Veil ii) and with Prometheus Dance at the Institute for Contemporary Arts Boston (Veil iii).  The central inquiry to his choreographic practice is to explore states of consciousness as experienced through the hyper-articulate body in motion.

Since moving back to his home state of Maine in 2016, Riley has become a passionate arts advocate and community organizer.  In 2018, he created Portland Dance Month as a consortium festival to highlight the Fall season of dance in Greater Portland, which in its inaugural year included a month of dance events from 8 local arts organizations and 3 colleges.  He has been on the Advisory Council for Bates Dance Festival, is on the Board of Directors at Bangor Ballet, and is a Performance Advisors for SPACE, where they curate the ongoing Moving in SPACE series for dancers to perform in a contemporary visual and performance art setting.


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