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
15 minutes


Performance History:

Lensic Peforming Arts Center (Santa Fe, NM) May 3, 0218

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

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

Side Door Series (Los Angeles, CA) March 18-20, 2016 & April 29-30, 2016 (premiere)


“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

“It was one of the most moving, powerful, deep, personal dance creations I have seen in years… Their pas de deux is gripping, breathtaking, deeply, deeply personal, and unforgettable.” –exploredance.com, Judith Fein

“Obstacles is a beautiful work” –BachTrack, Jeff Slayton

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Performance photography by Matthew Brush.