Last Thursday, we celebrated the work and memory of Jonathan Wolken, co-founder and co-artistic director of Pilobolus. If you weren’t able to attend last week, you can read a personal account of the memorial, written by Walter Jaffe and Paul King, friends and colleagues from White Bird in Portland, Oregon.
Jonathan was a choreographer who forever changed the face of modern dance. Jonathan thought of himself as much as a teacher as he did as a maker of dances. Mentoring countless students of diverse backgrounds for almost 40 years – from dancers to lawyers, from business people to school teachers – Jonathan employed Pilobolus’ collaborative creative methods to inspire students in any field to push beyond their limits and attain physical and creative goals they never thought possible. Jonathan’s gift – through his teaching and his choreographic work – inspired courage, knowledge, passion, curiosity, resilience, and delight at the creative process.
In his honor, Pilobolus has established The Jonathan Wolken Education Fund. This fund will sustain Pilobolus’ collaborative education programs for the next 40 years.
Uses of the Wolken Education Fund will include:
- the codification and refinement of Pilobolus’ educational method, as well as the expansion of its reach to new populations and areas of group activity, through a Pilobolus studio school as well as in Connecticut and New York public schools,
- the establishment of the Pilobolus Humanities Program,
- the initiation of the Pilobolus “Imaginators” Program, which fosters the choreographic leadership of Pilobolus-trained artists, and
- a targeted funding source for future educational efforts that Jonathan had imagined but had yet to realize.
Donations can be made through our website, or checks made out to Pilobolus (please specify The Wolken Fund) can be mailed to:
Pilobolus Dance Theater
P.O. Box 388
Washington Depot, CT 06794