Artistic Director / Choreographer
A former track and field athlete in France, Mr. Rioult came to the United States on a fellowship from the French Ministry of Culture to study modern dance in 1981. After performing with the companies of May O’Donnell and Paul Sanasardo he was invited to join the Martha Graham Dance Company. He interpreted many of the most prestigious roles in the Graham repertory as a principal dancer, and in 1990, Ms. Graham created the central role (Death Figure) in her ballet Eye of the Goddess for him. Mr. Rioult performed opposite Mikhail Baryshnikov and Joyce Herring in El Penitente and was featured in two television specials: “Martha Graham in Japan” and “Five Dances by Martha Graham,” filmed at the Paris Opera.
Since starting his own company, RIOULT Dance NY in 1994, Mr. Rioult has dedicated his energies to developing his own choreographic style and nurturing a robust ensemble of dancers. Of his work, Black Diamond, Anna Kisselgoff of The New York Times wrote, “…he has met the challenge of comparison with George Balanchine.”
Mr. Rioult’s works have been commissioned by the American Dance Festival; Cal Performances Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley, CA; the Ballet du Nord in Roubaix, France; the Geneva Ballet, Switzerland; The Orchestra of St. Luke’s; the Gordon & Harriet Greenfield Foundation; the Grand Marnier Foundation; the Théâtre de Saint Quentin en Yvelines France; Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA; and Marymount Manhattan College; among others. He is a two-time recipient of the Choo-San Goh Award for Choreography.
Associate Artistic Director
A founding member of RIOULT Dance NY, Ms. Herring danced with the company until 2004 while holding the positions of Rehearsal Director, Regisseur, and, in 2008-2009, Executive Director. Ms. Herring and Mr. Rioult met while dancing with the Martha Graham Dance Company, where she was a principal dancer until 1999; they were married in 1988. During her career with the Graham Company she interpreted many leading roles including Lamentation, Deep Song, Jocasta in Night Journey, the Bride in Appalachian Spring, the Virgin in Primitive Mysteries, Heretic, Joan of Arc in Seraphic Dialogue, Helen of Troy in Clytemnestra, and the Conversation of Lovers in Acts of Light, among others.
A former director of the Martha Graham School, Ms. Herring remains a regisseur of the Graham Trust. She has been on the faculties of the Conservatory of Dance at
SUNY Purchase and Marymount Manhattan College, and has taught as a guest teacher at the Juilliard School, Rudra Bejart (Lausanne), Alfredo Corvino’s Dance Circle, the Neighborhood Playhouse, Harvard Summer Dance Center, North Carolina School of the Arts, Ballet du Nord, the Lyon Opera Ballet, the Conservatoire Nationale Superieure de Musique de Lyon, the Geneva Ballet and the Ballet de Lorraine, Interlochen Academy of the Performing Arts, and more. Ms. Herring continues to stage Mr. Rioult’s work on companies and universities throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Board Of Directors
RIOULT Dance NY is privileged to have an outstanding, dedicated Board of Directors.
Joseph W. Armbrust
Susan P. Fraser
Judy S. Gordon
Ellen W. Harris*
Donald L. Holley, Esq.*
John A. MacKinnon
Laura S. Norman
Keith M. Pattiz
Lee Traub (Emerita)