Photo by Ian Whalen

Photo by Ian Whalen

Riley is a dance artist in Portland, Maine.

He creates iterative choreographic events through dance improvisation, contemplative practice, and sculpture.  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 decentralized festival to highlight the Fall season of dance in Greater Portland. He has been on the Advisory Council for Bates Dance Festival, is on the Board of Directors at Bangor Ballet, and is a Performance Advisor at SPACE, where he helps curate the ongoing Moving in SPACE performance series.

Some highlights:

Thomas School of Dance/Bangor Ballet.1994-2001

Walnut Hill School for the Arts 2001-2003

The Juilliard School 2003-2007

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet 2007

Bern Ballet (Switzerland).2007-2008

Netherlands Dance Theater 2008-2010

The Forsythe Company 2010-2015

Sylvie Guillem Life in Progress 2015

William Forsythe’s Alignigung 2016

William Forsythe’s A Quiet Evening of Dance 2018-Current

Princess Grace Award 2006

Leonide Massine Positano Prize 2015.  

photo by Bertrand Delous.JPG