Georgia State University’s Rialto Center for the Performing Arts Announces “World Class” Partnership with Woodruff Arts Center



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July 14, 2004

Contact: Leslie Gordon

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Georgia State University’s Rialto Center for the Performing Arts Announces “World Class” Partnership with Woodruff Arts Center



City’s Premier Arts Organization to Co-Present 2004-05 “World Arts” Series

ATLANTA—Georgia State University’s Rialto Center for the Performing Arts announces that it will partner with the Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center to present its 2004-2005 “World Arts” Series—a six-show line-up featuring the best in world music, theater, and dance. The “World Arts” Series, part of the Rialto’s regular subscription season, includes the renowned Brazilian dance troupe Balé Folclórico da Bahia, the remarkable voices of “Latinas: Women of Latin America,” West African folk singer Rokia Traore; Gajamukha, a unique performance of ancient music and dance from India; a rare performance of classical Japanese Noh and Kyogen theater; and the internationally renowned flamenco guitarist Paco Peña. All performances will take place at the Rialto Center. “We are delighted to expand our ‘Celebrate Diversity Through the Arts’ initiative by partnering with the Rialto Center on its exceptional ‘World Arts’ Series,” says Shelton g Stanfill, Woodruff Arts Center president and CEO. “This unique line-up of international talent offers our community the chance to experience some of the finest performers and most ancient traditions the world has to offer.”

“It is an honor to be associated with the Woodruff Arts Center as our ‘World Arts Program Partner’ for this season,” says Leslie Gordon, director of the Rialto Center. “The Arts Center’s clear commitment to presenting the globe’s finest cultural offerings regardless of medium, genre, or even venue will help to truly make the Rialto the place ‘where Atlanta meets the world.’”

The Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center is the regions largest arts center. Its campus includes

the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, High Museum of Art and 14th Street Playhouse. The Center’s “Celebrate Diversity Through the Arts” initiative seeks to provide Atlanta opportunities to experience the rhythms of many cultures through the exhibition of their arts and festivals.

Georgia State University’s Rialto Center for the Performing Arts, an intimate, cultural centerpiece in downtown Atlanta, inspires, educates and entertains diverse audiences by presenting innovative and exceptional arts programming and cultivating community partnerships. Rising from the shell of a once-popular movie theater dating to 1916, the Rialto is the result of an ambitious, state-of-the-art, $14 million renovation and a firm, forward-thinking commitment on the part of the University to the revitalization of the city’s central business district. Each year, the Rialto offers its own unique and extensive subscription series featuring world-class artists, focusing primarily on the best in world music, jazz, contemporary dance, and intimate vocal performance. Throughout the year, the Center is also home to numerous other local performing arts organizations as well as visiting companies and has become a center for independent film in Atlanta. The Rialto also offers an innovative educational outreach program to students and the general public alike.

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Subscriptions On Sale Now

Subscriptions are now on sale through the Rialto Center Box Office by telephone at 404.651.4727; by fax at 404.651.0966; online at www.rialtocenter.org; or by mail at P.O. Box 2627, Atlanta, GA 30301-2627. Patrons may subscribe in two ways: purchase 5 or more shows and receive a 15% discount or purchase 7 or more shows and receive a 20% discount. Single tickets will go on sale September 1 through the Rialto Center Box Office. Starting at $16, ticket prices vary by event and seat location. Free parking is provided for all Rialto Series events at the Equitable Building deck on Fairlie Street. Paid valet parking is also available.


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2004-2005 RIALTO “WORLD ARTS” SERIES LINE-UP


Balé Folclórico da Bahia

Friday & Saturday, October 15 & 16, 2004, 8 PM

Traditional Brazilian Dance & Music
Putumayo presents LATINAS: Women of Latin America

Friday, October 29, 2004, 8 PM

Latin American Song
Rokia Traore

Saturday, October 30, 2004, 8 PM

West African Folk Singer
Gajamukha

Friday, November 5, 2004, 8 PM

Traditional Dance & Music from India
Noh & Kyogen Program

Sunday, December 12, 2004, 7 PM

Classic Japanese Theater
Paco Peña

Saturday, February 19, 2005, 8 PM

Flamenco Guitar & Dance

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