PRESIDENT & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR | FOUNDER & CHOREOGRAPHER
Jonathan Hollander is one of the outstanding choreographers of his generation and has taken a leadership role in international cultural exchange and social activism. He founded Battery Dance Company in New York City in 1976 and has choreographed over 75 works that the Company has presented in major theaters and festivals across five continents. In 1982, he created the Downtown Dance Festival (now renamed Battery Dance Festival) which has since become New York City’s longest-running dance festival. He established arts education residencies at the primary, middle and high school levels in New York City public schools; and served as Fulbright lecturer on dance in India in 1992, and Fulbright Specialist in Malaysia in 2011. Notable performances of Hollander’s works have been presented at Lincoln Center, Beijing International Modern Dance Festival, Taipei Arts Festival, Open Look Festival in St. Petersburg, Stockholm’s Moderna Museet, Alexander Theater and Tampere Biennale in Finland, Hyogo Performing Arts Center in Japan, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Krizanke Theater in Slovenia, National Dance Theatre in Budapest, Varna Festival and European Cultural Month in Bulgaria, and on national tours and television broadcasts in Poland and India. Hollander’s work has been supported by the Educational and Cultural Affairs Bureau of the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Embassies and Public Diplomacy Offices of Regional Bureaus; National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Ford Foundation and many others. Hollander received the Silver Mask of the Silesian Dance Theatre (Poland), the USable Award (Germany) and the Arts & Business Council’s Encore Award. Under Hollander’s leadership, Battery Dance Company actively supports the commissioning of new musical scores and the inclusion of live musical performance in its productions. Hollander has lectured on Arts Management and Arts Education in countries as diverse as France, Greece, India, Mongolia, Paraguay, Poland and Taiwan. He is collaborating with iKapa Dance Theatre in creating the Cape Town International Dance Festival. Hollander has facilitated U.S. tours by many of India’s leading dance companies and co-founded the Indo-American Arts Council in 2000.