Obstacles looks through the lens of Mallory Smith, a twenty-three year old with Cystic Fibrosis, to discover how to overcome a challenge, the repetitive nature within, and the intense physicality between the person and their obstacle. 

Choreography: Jacob Jonas and Marissa Labog
Lighting Design: William Adashek
Premiere: Side Door Series, March 2016
15 minutes


Performance History:
Side Door Series (Los Angeles, CA)
March 18-20, 2016
April 29-30, 2016

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (Beverly Hills, CA)
January 13, 2017

Zoellner Arts Center (Bethlehem, PA)
January 27, 2018


“This work had a profound effect as it brilliantly unified the physical skills of the dancers with the choreographic craftsmanship and their ability to eloquently tell dramatic stories through insightful use of the physical body” –LA Dance Review, Beth McGill

He has created a universal piece about life” –Emphasis Dance, Laura Bleiberg
“Obstacles is a beautiful work” –BachTrack, Jeff Slayton

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Performance photography by Matthew Brush.