The Riley Project is an exploration in forging new movement concepts and embedding them in everyday settings and images relatable to all audiences. The company’s projects seek to engage audiences, always with the promise of an intimate experience.
Leigh Riley has been active in the Oakland arts scene for the last decade and officially made her choreographic debut in 2004 at the Chevil Até Theater in Oakland in an evening of art, music and performance which brought multiple communities together. After several choreographic projects including ODC’s Pilot program and a dance/theater collaboration with playwright Sequoia Nagamatsu, she founded The Riley Project in 2007. Since then, she has held two residencies at The Garage, and has presented work around the San Francisco Bay Area at ODC Theater, CounterPULSE, The Garage, Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, Moving Arts Dance, Shotwell Studios, Subterranean Arthouse, in Union Square with the San Francisco International Arts Festival and most recently at Denver’s Packing House Center for the Arts. Leigh Riley received her foundations in dance at Omaha Academy of Ballet and at University of California, Berkeley. In the Bay Area, she has performed in the work of Alma Esperanza Cunningham, Corinne Blum, Patricia Banchik, Sarah Moss and Aura Fischbeck. Ms. Riley is currently investigating various improvisation techniques based on the methods guided by Meg Stuart, Christian Burns, Paige Sorvillo, and Amy Raymond. She has been on the teaching staff at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center and the Omaha Academy of Ballet, and has been a guest teacher at PHCA in Denver.