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Jonathan Wolken, Pilobolus co-founder, dead at 60

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The Hartford Courant is reporting today that Pilobolus Dance Theater co-founder and co-artistic director Jonathan Wolken has died. Wolken died Sunday night at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York at the age of 60.

The Courant article by Frank Rizzo reports that Wolken had suffered for years from myelofibrosis, a serious bone marrow disorder that disrupts the body's normal production of blood cells.

Pilobolus has been a long-time fixture at the American Dance Festival. Local audiences saw the world premiere of Wolken's Redline last summer, a work in a similar vein to his 2004 high-energy piece, Megawatt. In recent years, ADF audiences also saw Memento Mori, a 2006 collaboration with company co-founder Michael Tracy, and iterations of his classic composition, Psuedopodia, from 1973.

No new work by Wolken was scheduled for Pilobolus' upcoming performance at the American Dance Festival, July 1-3. Wolken's latest, and apparently final work, Hitched, will be featured during the company's subsequent season at the Joyce Theater in New York, July 12 - August 7.

Memorial service arrangements have not yet been announced.

The Hartford Courant story can be read here.

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