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Christine Andreas, Pascal Rioult and Rioult Dance Company Bring Edith Piaf to Life

Christine Andreas, Pascal Rioult and Rioult Dance Company Bring Edith Piaf to Life

On Saturday night October 27, 2018 the theatrical premiere of  Street Singer… Celebrating the Life of Edith Piaf was presented on Stage at Kingsborough. Street Singer starred Christine Andreas and was choreographed by Pascal Rioult. The show thrilled the packed house, as it  captured the essence of the internationally famous French singer Edith Piaf. Andreas and Rioult’s talents fit together beautifully, as the Rioult Dance Company told the story in dance.

Pascal Rioult, Christine Andreas

Pascal Rioult, Christine Andreas

The evening opens with Andreas dressed in black velvet as she enters the stage singing “Non Je Ne Regrette Rien.” She was riveting as the dance company accentuated the feeling of the song.

Piaf’s story started with her childhood living among ladies of the evening who care for her as she suddenly goes blind. When miraculously Piaf regains her sight, her belief in God strengthens and she is  inspired by the event to write “Mon Dieu.” Andreas is passionate as sings this song, with a pas de deux accompanying her. The number took my breath away in it’s beauty.

Pascal Rioult

Pascal Rioult

Pascal Rioult wears many hats in this production. Not only is he the choreographer, but he also narrated the piece, as well as play Piaf’s ill fated lover Marcel Cerdan who was killed in a plane crash.

Pascal Rioult, Christine Andreas

Pascal Rioult, Christine Andreas

Rioult choreography is sensual and thrilling. His dancers are superb and and convey the period.

Christine Andreas

Christine Andreas and company

As Andreas sang “La Vie en Rose”, a pas de deux showed the dancers dramatically expressing their love, as one of abuse and tenderness in the French Apache street style of the early 20th century.

The only time the dancers fell short is when they were use as narrators. They excel when they are dancing.

Christine Andreas

Christine Andreas and company

I saw a cabaret version of Street Singer and was so taken with the Pascal Rioult vision, that I wanted to see a theatrical version. I was moved and thrilled to have watched this again in it’s expanded version. The people seeing this production for the first time, shared my enthusiasm for this production.

The mission of On Stage at Kingsborough, is to bring artistically and culturally diverse, multi-disciplinary performances from masters of the form to communities in and around the Kingsborough Community College.

Christine Andreas

Christine Andreas and company

 

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Magda Katz has been in the entertainment world for most of her life as a child actress, assistant to the head publicist of Avco Embassy Pictures, theatrical print agent. She went on to manage the show business career of her 2 children for over 15 years. For the last five years Magda has been filming and editing video trailers of live performances as well as celebrity interviews. Broadway After Dark was the first website to feature her video trailers. She contributed in creating a star studded 90th birthday party for Mickey Rooney at Feinstein’s at the Regency Hotel. Her video trailers have a large international following. Videos are featured on www.t2conline.com. All of Magda’s videos can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/user/MagdaCorrespondent

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