Riley is a multidisciplinary dance artist and producer in Portland, Maine.
He works with dance improvisation, video art, sculpture, music, and live installations to experience states of consciousness through the hyper-articulate body in motion. Riley has been an artist-in-residence at SPACE, Bates Dance Festival, Hewnoaks Artist Colony, and will be a 2019-2020 Studio Resident for the Ellis Beauregard Foundation in Rockland, Maine.
Riley is a passionate arts advocate and producer in his home state of Maine since returning from Europe in 2016. He is the co-creator of Portland Dance Month, an initiative to highlight the Fall season of dance & performance in Maine. Riley is a Performance Advisor at SPACE, where he helps produce the Moving in SPACE performance series, has been on the Advisory Council for Bates Dance Festival, and currently sits on the Board of Directors at Bangor Ballet. Riley continues to travel widely to perform in the work of choreographer William Forsythe, currently with A Quiet Evening of Dance.
Some work highlights:
Thomas School of Dance/Bangor Ballet.1994-2001
Walnut Hill School for the Arts 2001-2003
The Juilliard School 2003-2007
Princess Grace Award 2006
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
Leonide Massine Positano Prize Contemporary Dancer of the Year with Brigel Gjoka 2015.
William Forsythe’s Alignigung with Rubberlegz 2016
Moved home to Maine 2016
William Forsythe’s A Quiet Evening of Dance 2018-Current
Created Portland Dance Month 2018