“ Women on the Edge : Unsung Heroines of the Trojan War” A conversation which delves into the parallels between modern culture and the struggles of 3 women chronicled in the tales of the Trojan War.
Maryville College’s Dr. Francis Henderson, Professor of Gender Studies and Political Science, joins Rioult Dance’s Artistic Director and choreographer, Pascal Rioult, for a behind the scenes look at the process behind this contemporary dance work.
The discussion will include background on the 3 women portrayed, Helen of Troy, Cassandra and Iphigenia and will dive into the creative process of turning their stories in contemporary dance choreography. The discussion will also look at how the stories of these heroines are relevant to the challenges faced by current society. The evening will also include an opportunity for the audience to engage with questions for the Speakers.
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.
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 and 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.
Dr. Frances Henderson
Dr. Henderson is Associate Professor of Political Science holds a B.A., Syracuse University; M.A., Cornell University and Ph.D., Washington University. Dr. Henderson teaches Gender and Women’s Studies which will provide students the language and tools to understand some of the most pressing issues in the world today involving equality and human rights.