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Jonathan Wolken

PilobolusApril 2007

Jonathan Wolken co-founded Pilobolus in 1971 while a student at Dartmouth. He named the group after the fungus, pilobolus, which he researched in his father's biophysics lab. He was graduated from Dartmouth College in 1971. One of the three artistic directors of Pilobolus, he has also choreographed for the Glyndebourne Festival Opera's production of Maurice Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are” and each summer teaches Pilbolus’ Summer Workshop.

Pilobolus is recognized as a major American dance company of international acclaim. Founded by three students in a dance class at Dartmouth in 1971, the dance group uses a unique weight-sharing approach to partnering, what Robby Barnett, one of the three artistic directors, called “four men twisted together like proteins.” The company remains a deeply collaborative effort with an executive director, three artistic directors and seven dancers contributing to one of the most popular and varied repertoires in the field.

Last Updated: 9/14/09