Co-Founder of Pilobolus Dies at 60 - NBC Connecticut

Co-Founder of Pilobolus Dies at 60

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    Members of the dance group Pilobolus perform the scene "Tall Ladies" from their work "Untitled" on the red carpet by the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Centre February 24, 2007 in Hollywood, California.

    The co-founder of Pilobolus, a popular modern dance troupe that has performed during national televised events, has died at age 60 after complications from a stem cell transplant.

    Jonathan Wolken died on Sunday at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan of. The death was announced on the Pilobolus website.

    Pilobolus Dance Theatre is known for its athletic style combining dance with gymnastics and performance art. The troupe is based in Washington Depot, Conn. and has performed around the world.

    The company was founded by Wolken and a classmate at Dartmouth College in 1971. Wolken named Pilobolus after a fungus he had studied in his father's lab.

    Wolken's survivors include his wife, JoAnne Torti, a daughter and three stepdaughters.

    Plans for a memorial service were incomplete Thursday.