Jacob Jonas is an award winning choreographer, director and Artistic Director of Jacob Jonas The Company. 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, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and The Music Center. He was recently commissioned by Benjamin Millepied’s LA Dance Project to create a new work that will premiere in 2019.
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, winning the 2018 Audience Favorite Award. He has worked in advertising and fashion for a variety of clients including Dolby, James Perse, Sony, and Nike, working alongside artists including Oscar-winning director Alejandro González Iñárritu and cinematographer, Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki.
As a producer and activist for dance, Jacob initiated #CamerasandDancers -a monthly and location specific Instameet combining the art forms of dance and photography through partnerships with significant cultural institutions, dance companies, and social media influencers including The Metropolitan Museum, Seattle Public Library, Whitney Museum, The Royal Ballet, Paul Taylor Dance Company, New York City Ballet, LINES Ballet and the top influencers on Instagram, reaching millions of followers. Additionally, Jacob annually produces To the Sea: Dance Concerts on the Pier a free Santa Monica dance festival presenting national and international artists to celebrate street, commercial and concert dance.
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 an educator, he has also given lectures and workshops at universities and cultural institutions including Jews and Jewishness Through Dance Conference at Arizona State University, USC Kaufman School of Dance, UCLA World Arts and Culture, USC Marshall School of Business, Western Arts Alliance, CalArts, Axis Connect and UC Irvine.
He has been named one of eight “innovative movers and shakers of LA’s art scene” by Angeleno Magazine, “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine, “Best New Force in L.A Dance” by LA Weekly, and “30 Under 30” by Jewish Journal. Jacob founded his company in 2014 with partner, Jill Wilson, and lighting designer, Will Adashek, to bring dance to a wider audience through collaboration, performance, media, and education. (@jacobjonasthecompany)