Joanne Rile Artists Management, agent/artist representative member

Joanne Rile formed Rile Artists Management in the 1970s with a “small roster of artists” committed to “quality and diversity in the performing arts.”

Rile Artists Management passionately supports the arts and is knowledgeable about its dance companies and is persistent in its efforts to keep the companies active and relevant.

Rile Artists Management was formed and continues working in the field because of the magic and joy the performing arts adds to our lives. A choreographer’s creativity and passion brings the excitement and beauty of dance to life. Dance captivates the audience, gives insight into a new world, presents new ideas, and with joyful movement, enriches their life forever.

1. Describe your organization’s mission and its work in 3 adjectives.
Please explain the adjectives you selected.

  • Passionate
  • Knowledgeable
  • Persistent

We are passionate about the arts, our dance companies, and building their careers.

We are knowledgeable about the companies on our roster, their work, and the performing arts business.

We are persistent in ourefforts to keep thework of each companyin front of the buyers and the venues.

2. What inspires the work of your organization and why?

We are inspired by the magic, the joy, and the gift of the performing arts. Each choreographer adds his or her creativity to the growing repertoire of contemporary dance and the dancersbring the excitement and the beauty of each work to enrich our lives.

3. What accomplishment from the past year is your organization most proud of and eager to share with Dance/USA’s membership and the field at large?

Collaboration. Nai Ni Chen has created a stunning new work collaborating with the Ahn Trio (a piano trio of international reputation). The piece is called, "Temptation of the Muses" which melds live, on stage music with dance.

It is a magical, beautifully choreographed work. Nai Niwasinspired by the music and the Ahn Trio's stunning musical spirit. The musicians find inspiration fromKenji Bunch's new work; dancersmake the magic as the piano bench becomesa stepping stone.A dancer movesbehindthe cellist in caressing motions whilethe violinist walks amongother dancers, playing the melody to their movements. It's a true meshing of dance and music.

The project itself started with Nai Ni Chen's desire to include live music in a program where all the elements converged to create a single idea. She took her theme from a poem called, "A Word for Freedom"by Latif Nazemi.The poem begins:

Let's kiss the water
The roots of civilization
A word for freedom.

Combining art forms and artists' creativity, choreography, composing, interpreting, dancing, and performing music seems like the best of all worlds.

4. Where do you see dance in the future and how does your organization fit within that vision?

Dance will always be innovative, moving in new directions, new sounds will propel movement, new technology will lead the way to remarkable work, and it will require constant and continuous development of audiences and funding. We will follow where it is required and lead where we can.

5. As an organization, what do you hope your dance legacy to be?

In the 1980's we toured a company from India long before the word multi-cultural was part of the performing arts legacy. At that time, itwas ahard sell. Now, ethnic dance is widely accepted. We toured ballet with the traditional repertoire including the "Nutcracker." We have toured contemporary, ethnic, and theater/dance with a contemporary story line. We have had the pleasure and thrill of taking on new companies and seeing them grow to great success. I hope we will be known for our vision and love of the dance.