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the company: pascal rioult
pascal rioult :: joyce herring  :: dancers :: designers :: board of directors


JOYCE HERRING (Executive Director) was born in Grassy Point, New York. As a founding member of Rioult, she now serves as Executive Director. She held the positions of associate artistic director, rehearsal director and regisseur since 1994. She danced with the company until 2004. Up until her appointment as Executive Director in September, 2008, she also staged the works of Mr. Rioult for dance companies and universities in the US and abroad.

Ms. Herring met Mr. Rioult while dancing with the Martha Graham Dance Company where she danced until 1999 as principal dancer. They were married in 1988. During her career with the Martha Graham Dance 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, the Conversation of Lovers in Acts of Light, and numerous others.

She performed opposite Pascal Rioult and Mikhail Baryshnikov in Ms. Graham's three character piece, El Penitente and the following year was cast in the leading role of the recreation of American Document, again opposite Mr. Baryshnikov. Ms. Herring made her debut in the solo Lamentation at the White House for the PBS production "Young Artists in Performance at the White House." Her other TV credits include: "Celebrate! 100 Years at the Met," "Martha Graham in Japan," and "Three Dances by Martha Graham," filmed at the Paris Opera.

Ms. Herring is a former director of the Martha Graham School and a regisseur of the Graham Trust. She has been on the faculties of the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase, Marymount Manhattan College, guest teacher at the Juilliard School, Rudra Bejart in 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, among others.