Los Angeles-based Jacob Jonas The Company is gaining a international profile for its honest storytelling, visceral performances and visual content creation. The company, led by 26 year old namesake, has toured North America since its birth in 2014, bringing its mix of contemporary ballet, breakdance, and acrobatic movement to stops including The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, The Kennedy Center Arts Summit in Washington DC, Ford Theaters presented by The Music Center in Los Angeles, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York City, and Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe. The company will return to The Wallis in the 18/19 season as their Company-in-Residence.
Beyond performance, JJTC is known for its film and photography work and robust social media presence. The company has choreographed and danced for branded campaigns including James Perse, Sony, Nike and others. In partnership with dance companies, cultural institutions and photographers the company has initiated #CamerasandDancers photography meet-ups with social influencers and cultural institutions including Metropolitan Museum of Art, The J. Paul Getty Center, Seattle Public Library, Whitney Museum, New York City Ballet, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Pilobolus, and countless others, gaining millions of impressions online.
“When Jacob Jonas The Company performs, energy doesn’t just seem to bounce off the walls, it reverberates off of bodies.” – Los Angeles Times
Jacob Jonas is a choreographer, director and Artistic Director of Jacob Jonas The Company. He has been named “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine, “Best New Force in LA Dance” by LA Weekly, and “30 Under 30” by Jewish Journal. He was introduced to the art of dance at thirteen by the Calypso Tumblers, a street-performing group on the Venice Beach boardwalk. Jacob’s works have been performed around North America including at The Kennedy Center, The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and The Music Center. As a filmmaker, Jacob has directed and choreographed original dance films that have premiered on NOWNESS and in festivals including Dance Camera West and San Francisco Dance Film Festival.
As an educator, Jacob has been invited to lecture and give workshops at universities and cultural institutions including USC Kaufman School of Dance, UCLA World Arts and Culture, USC Marshall School of Business, Western Arts Alliance, CalArts, Axis Connect and UC Irvine. In addition, Jacob was an invited participant to the 2017 annual Arts Summit hosted by The Kennedy Center and Yo Yo Ma for his arts advocacy and innovative use connecting dance and social platforms.
As a producer and activist for dance, Jacob started To the Sea: Dance Concerts on the Pier a free Santa Monica dance festival. He has presented artists including Pilobolus, The 7 Fingers, Vincent Patterson, Ill-Abilities, Tony Testa, and The Seaweed Sisters.
Jacob founded his company, Jacob Jonas The Company, in 2014 to bring dance to a wider audience through collaboration, technology, education, and performance.