Jacob Jonas The Company is gaining an international profile for its honest storytelling, visceral performances, and visual content creation.
JJTC’s first full-length work, “In a Room on Broad St.”, debuted in 2014 at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica and then toured to New York City’s Ailey Citigroup Theater. The production was reviewed by the New York Times and mentioned in the Los Angeles Times‘ “Best of 2014”. In 2015, JJTC was invited to perform at Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Festival, lauded worldwide as the “the dance center of the nation” (The New York Times). That same year, JJTC toured to Vancouver, performing as one of three Launchpad artists (and the only dance company) for Western Arts Alliance through the nomination of Renae Williams Niles (USC Kauffman School of Dance, Chief Operations Operations).
In 2016, JJTC self-produced a sold-out show with an extended run, Side Door Series, which premiered two works. The Los Angeles Times noted “explosive display of the company’s vitality and range”. JJTC was also commissioned by the City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs to perform an original work in Tongva Park. In partnership with clothing line James Perse, JJTC choreographed and modeled for their 2016 Resort Campaign (the line’s first dance initiation). Jacob Jonas The Company was also named “Best New Force in L.A. Dance” by LA Weekly.
In January 2017, JJTC was presented by The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills— the youngest dance company to be presented. The sold-out show premiered two works including short film, “Grey”, made in partnership with The J. Paul Getty Trust. Jacob Jonas was also named “30 under 30” by Jewish Journal and the company had a featured spread in Basic Magazine. During the spring of this year, JJTC conceptualized and produced the 1st annual To the Sea:Dance Concerts on the Pier – a free two night dance festival featuring seven national and international artists performing on the Santa Monica Pier. The program was made possible with support from the City of Santa Monica and Santa Monica Cultural Affairs and had around 1,200 attendees. JJTC also premiered a new work, One Pair Off, as part of the festival. In May 2017, Jacob Jonas was an invited participant to The Kennedy Center Arts Summit in Washington D.C.- an annual summit to connecting arts leaders from around the world. The company performed at The Kennedy Center for the attendees of the summit, including Condoleezza Rice, David Rubenstein and host Yo Yo Ma, and received a standing ovation.
Beyond performance, JJTC brings dance into the world in new and exciting ways. In partnership with performing centers, museums and cultural institutions, the company has initiated #CamerasandDancers – an Instameet that brings photographers, dancers and organizations together to collaborate. #CamerasandDancers harnesses the power of social media through Instagram and provides strategic grassroots marketing for all involved. Twenty-four events have been held around the world, cohosted by leading organizations- including New York Public Library, The Royal Ballet, De Young Museum, Jacob’s Pillow- and the top influencers on Instagram, reaching millions of followers. #CamerasandDancers has been called “a revolutionary movement in contemporary art” and has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Instagram’s blog, ArtsBeatLA, and Newsworks.