Mission Statement: We, Riedel Dance Theater, are storytellers through dance. Established in 2003 by choreographer and Artistic Director, Jonathan Riedel, our company is guided by this purpose in its performances, teaching, and outreach activities. We explore both timeless and innovative approaches to theater drawing upon the emotional power of drama, movement and music to bring our stories to life. The result: dance that is visually striking, innately musical, emotionally resonant, and infectiously expressive.
Jonathan Riedel (Choreographer, Artistic Director) bagan choreographing professionally in 1999. In 2002, he staged his breakaway hit, The Unsightful Nanny on the Limon Dance Company and in 2003 he founded Riedel Dance Theater, presenting its inaugural season in NYC and Italy. His work quickly became known for its taut, intelligent humor and poignant dramatic power. DanceView Times proclaimed it brilliant," "profoundly moving," and having "an ingenuity and timing that would make Petipa jealous." He was the first choreographer to professionally stage Erik Satie's controversial,Uspud: Un Ballet Cretien. He has since created additional works for Limon, the Purchase Dance Corps, the Yard, the Good Moves Consort; and has developed choreography and character movement for the video game, Godessia, produced by Artware. His solo The Angel has been integrated into AHRC’s (The Association for the Help of Retarded Children) curriculum for dance developed by Carolyn Adams for students with autism.
A native of Rye, NY, began dancing at the age of 17 and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College. He prospered in a career with the Limon Dance Company from 1996 to 2006, touring globally and performing works by such renowned artists as Doris Humphrey, Antony Tudor, Donald McKayle, Murray Louis, Jiri Kylian, Lar Lubovitch, Doug Varone, and Mark Haim. He has also been featured in many of Jose Limon's masterpieces including Chaconne, Orfeo, Psalm, There is a Time, and The Moor's Pavane. Heralded by critics, he was labeled "the Limon Company's reigning male star" by Allan Ulrich of the San Francisco Examiner and Tobi Tobias of ArtsJournal declared him to be "surely one of the most fascinating dancers the company has harbored."
Mr. Riedel has received the Choo San Goh Award in support of his work as well as funding from The Greenwall Foundation, The Frances Alexander Foundation, and The New York State Council on the Arts and a Harkness Space Grant. Currently, he is developing a The String Quartet Project for RDT and a Rite of Spring for his thesis concert at the Purchase College MFA program; both to be premiered in 2011.
Lisa Iannacito (Associate Artistic Director and Dancer) joined Riedel Dance Theater in 2005 and became Associate Artistic Director in 2007. During this time, Jonathan has created numerous works on her, including the solos "Hallowed Bomb" and "Lemon Grove." She began her training at the School of the Albany Berkshire Ballet and continued with study at the Boston Ballet, The Juilliard School and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. She earned her BFA from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College and has trained extensively in the Limon technique with Risa Steinberg. She has worked with the Albany Berkshire Ballet, Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theater, Beth Soll, Dusan Tynek Dance Theater, Catherine Miller, Kathryn Alter, and she continues to perform with Lydia Johnson Dance. She has been on faculty for the Logrea Dance Academy, Lydia Johnson Dance, the New York State Summer School for the Arts, The Yard, the Mark Morris Dance Center and the School of the Albany Berkshire Ballet. Ms. Iannacito is certified to teach Pilates by The Kane School of Core Integration. She is also the Managing Director of Dances Patrelle.
Roxane D’Orléans Juste (Costume Designer, Guest Artist) a native of Montreal, Canada, has been a member of the Limón Dance Company since 1983. She has also performed with the Eleo Pomare Dance Company and Annabelle Gamson Dance Solos. Ms. D’Orléans Juste’s choreography has been presented by Toronto Danceworks, Shoenberg Dancycle, DiaCenterfor the Arts, L’Agora de la Danse, The Yard, and the Museé du Quebec. She was honored with the Canadian Dance Award, Le Prix Jacqueline Lemieux (1980), and is the recipient of several grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Foundation for Creation in Fine Arts. An active master teacher, she also stages José Limón’s choreography for companies and ensembles around the world, and was appointed Artistic Associate. She performed in Riedel Dance Theater's Inaugural Season in 2003. Roxane has designed costumes for five of RDT's projects.
Kathryn Alter (Dancer) hails from Juneau, Alaska. After attending Interlochen Arts Academy, she went on to graduate from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance with the highest honors in 2001. In 2003, Ms. Alter joined the Limón Dance Company, She has had the privilege of performing works of Jose Limón, Doris Humphrey, Jiri Kylian, Lar Lubovitch, Susanne Linke, and Jonathan Riedel. In addition to dancing with the Limón Company, Ms. Alter is a founding member of the Riedel Dance Theater, and has enjoyed projects with Alan Danielson and Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theater. Her choreography has been presented in New York City at a variety of venues, including the Limón Studio, Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theater, the DUMBO Arts Festival, and SUNY Purchase.
Kristen Arnold (Dancer) a native of New Jersey, received her early training at the School of American Ballet. In 2006, she graduated from Princeton University with a BA in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and received her MFA in Dance from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in 2008. She has performed in works by Ze'eva Cohen, Rebecca Lazier, Jessica Lang, and Gabri Christa, and she also danced with the American Repertory Ballet Company. In 2007, she attended the Yard under the direction of Patricia Nanon, working with Jonathan Riedel and Catherine Miller. Ms. Arnold is honored to be dancing with RDT.
James Brenneman III (Dancer) He has recently be seen with Sue Bernhard Danceworks and New York Baroque Dance Company, and has performed nationally and internationally with Limon Dance Company and Limon West Dance Project under Gary Masters. While attending UC Irvine, he was a charter member of Donald McKayle's Etude ensemble. Since then, he has worked with Dance Through Time, Kim Epifano, Cabrillo Music Festival, Tokyo Disneyland, Silver-Brown Dance, and Pascal Rioult Dance Theater. His own choreography has been presented by Limon West, Santa Cruz Dance Gallery, UC Irvine, SF Int'l AIDS Conference, the ACDFA Gala Concert, and in New York by the Gay Gotham Chorus and DUMBO Dance Festival. He joined RDT in 2007.
Andrea Brown (Dancer) Grew up in Boulder, CO and trained at the Boulder Arts Academy. She performed with the Boulder Ballet and graduated with honors with a B.S. in Exercise Science and Dance from Skidmore College. Since moving to New York, Andrea has performed with Valerie Green/Dance Entropy, Skylight Dance Theatre, Ariel Grossman, and Misty Owens. She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and has recently launched Virtuoso Fitness, a company dedicated to personal training and injury prevention education. She has presented multiple research projects at conferences of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science. Andrea is thrilled to be a part of the RDT family.
Hana Ginsburg (Dancer) holds a BA in Education Policy from Princeton University and an MFA in Performance and Teaching from Purchase College, SUNY. She joined Riedel Dance Theater in 2007 and is currently a member of Lane & Co., York Dance Works, Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theater and 360 Dance Company. She has also had the pleasure of dancing with AdrienneCelesteFadjoDance, a-core-dance-arts, Kathleen Dyer/KDNY and Amy Marshall Dance Company. Ms. Ginsburg has had original solos created for her by David Dorfman, Paul Matteson, Daniel Gwirtzman, and Asun Noales, and has performed solo and duet repertory by Jose Limon, Robert Battle, Anna Sokolow, Lester Horton, Pauline Koner, Kazuko Hirabayashi and Valerie Bettis. She has performed professionally in Norway, Spain and Japan, and attended The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard for three consecutive summers where she served as Dance Assistant to founder Patricia N. Nanon for the final two years of her life. Hana currently serves as Co-Managing Director for Dances Patrelle, General Manager for Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theater and 360 Dance Company, and Executive Director for Dance New York International. She is thrilled to be a part of RDT and would like to thank Jonathan, Lisa, and the other dancers for being such generous, inspiring people.
Julia Kelly (Dancer) hails from Hampton, Virginia, where she grew up gallivanting in musical theater. Julia holds a BA in Dance and Theatre from Barnard College of Columbia University, which culminated in theses in research, performance and directing. It has been her privilege to perform the dances of Jose Limón, Doris Humphrey, Martha Graham and Paul Taylor, as well as contemporary work by Elisa Monte, Alan Danielson and Geraldine Cardiel, among others, throughout New York City. A graduate of the Limón Institute's professional studies intensive, she currently trains on scholarship with the Limón Dance Company. She has delighted in dancing with RDT since 2007.
Robert M. Valdez, Jr. (Dancer) (San Francisco, CA) affectionally known as "Buddy", received his dance training at the San Francisco Academy of Ballet and the San Francisco School of the Arts. He earned a BFA from The Juilliard School in 2008. Some of the choreographers Valdez has had the privilege to study and perform works by include: Alex Ketley, Christian Burns, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Septime Weber, Eduardo Vilaro, Vicente Nebrada, Francisco Aviña, Merce Cunningham, Ohad Naharin, Robert Battle, Alvin Ailey, Mats Ek, Jirí Kylián, José Limón, Doug Varone, Paul Taylor, Eliot Feld, Mark Morris, and Nacho Duato. Valdez has danced professionally with Luna Negra Dance Theater, Octavia Cup Dance Theater, and is excited to be performing with Riedel Dance Theater.