Length: 16 minutes
Music: Richard Danielpour, “Cassandra’s Curse”
Lighting: Jim French
Set: Harry Feiner
Video: Brian Clifford Beasley
Costumes: Elena Comendador
Narration: Kathleen Turner


Based largely on Euripides’ The Trojan Women, Cassandra’s Curse examines the internal dilemma and psychological tragedy of prophetess Cassandra. As the myth goes, her curse is a gift of prophecy that allows her to foresee the unfortunate fate of Troy, though no one believes her. Set to a commissioned score by Richard Danielpour, Rioult’s interpretation of the myth serves as a metaphor for contemporary conflicts and underscores the futility and immorality of war.

“Cassandra’s Curse resonates across centuries…this piece was the stand-out of the evening – a moving marriage of media, dance, and music.” -Jackson Cooper, Arts Journal North Carolina


Cassandra’s Curse is commissioned by ADF with support from the Doris Duke/SHS Foundations Award for New Dance, and created in part with the support from the Made in Wickenburg Residency Program with funding from the R. H. Johnson Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, WESTAF and the Wellik Foundation. This work has been made possible by a commissioning grant from the O’Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation, and was developed in part through a space grant with LaGuardia Performing Arts Center’s lab program. Additional support was provided by the Fund for New Works, a Kenneth French Legacy; The Harkness Foundation for Dance; The Geoffrey C. Hughes Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts; and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.