We, Riedel Dance Theater, are storytellers through dance. With music, movement, and drama we bring our stories to life. Be they comedic, tragic, narrative or poetic, our dances are visually striking, innately musical, emotionally resonant, and pyschologically complex.
Jonathan Riedel (Artistic Director, Choreographer) began choreographing professionally in 1996 with his first of several pieces for the Limón Dancers’ Choreography Project. In 2002, he staged his breakaway hit, The Unsightful Nanny, on the Limón 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 Cretién. He has since created additional works for Limón, the Albany Berkshire Ballet, the Purchase Dance Company, Pace University's Commercial Dance Program, the Yard, Good Moves Dance Consort. He also 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.
Jonathan’s work has been presented at such prestigious venues as the Kennedy Center, The Joyce Theater, Joyce SoHo, The Egg (Albany), Fringe NYC, and the PAC at Purchase.
A native of Rye, NY, he 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 Limón Dance Company from 1996 to 2006, touring globally and performing works by such renowned artists as Doris Humphrey, Antony Tudor, Donald McKayle, Murray Louis, Jírí Kylián, Lar Lubovitch, Doug Varone, and Mark Haim. He has also been featured in many of Jose Limón's masterpieces including Chaconne, Orfeo, Psalm, There is a Time, and The Moor's Pavane. Heralded by critics, he was labeled "the Limón Company's reigning male star" by Allan Ulrich of the San Francisco Examiner. Tobi Tobias of ArtsJournal declared him to be "surely one of the most fascinating dancers the company has harbored." In 2011, he returned to Purchase College, receiving his masters degree in dance and choreography.
Jonathan is currently on faculty at Purchase College. He has taught at the Juilliard School, Brown University, LABAN (UK), the Limón Institute, and HB Studio, and been on the faculties of The Boston Conservatory, Westchester Community College, and Pace University.
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, The New York State Council on the Arts, a Harkness Space Grant, and a space grant from the Steffi Nossen School of Dance.