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Jacob Jonas The Company will close out its triumphant 2018–2019 season as the Wallis Company-in-Residence with two performances this weekend.

Daniel Ezralow will join company founder Jacob Jonas to dance in the world premiere of their new work viceversa. The evenings will end with a second world premiere: THERE’S BEEN A STUDY, choreographed by Jonas to an original score by vocalist and pianist Nicole Miglis—lead singer of Hundred Waters—which she will perform live.

Also on the bill: TO THE DOLLAR, Jonas‘ dance interpretation of Senator Elizabeth Warren‘s 2016 speech on income inequality:

“Today is Equal Pay Day. By the sound of it, one would think it is some sort of historic holiday commemorating the anniversary of a landmark day that our country guaranteed equal pay for women, but that is not what it is about—not even close. Because in the year 2016, at a time when we have self-driving cars and computers that fit on our wrists, women still make only 79 cents for every $1 a man makes, and we are still standing in the U.S. Congress debating whether a woman should get fired for asking what the guy down the hall makes for doing exactly the same job…

“Equal Pay Day isn’t a national day of celebration. It is a national day of embarrassment.”


Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11, at 7:30 pm.

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

9390 Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills.

Jacob Jonas The Company in performance at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, May 10, 2019, from top: Daniel Ezralow and Jacob Jonas, viceversa, Ezralow (left) and Jonas; Jacob Jonas, Crash, Jill Wilson and Nicolas Walton; Crash (from left), Lorrin Brubaker, Emma Rosenzweig-Bock, Danielle Coleman, Joy Isabella Brown, Wilson, Walton, and Mike Tyus; Jacob Jonas, To the Dollar, Brown (left) and Walton; To the Dollar, Rosenzweig-Bock (left) and Brubaker; Jacob Jonas, There’s Been a Study, Rosenzweig-Bock and Tyus; viceversa, Ezralow (left) and Jonas. Photographs by Matthew Brush.


This week, Jacob Jonas The Company will present five premieres at the Wallis’ intimate Lovelace Studio Theater.

The nightly program includes three world premieres choreographed by company founder and director Jacob JonasMAKE A TOAST, CRASH, and the opening number TRANSFER, in which Jonas—joined by company veterans Lamonte Goode, Jacob “Kujo” Lyons, Mike Tyus, and Jill Wilson—will dance.

Also on the bill are the world premieres of Donald Byrd’s UNKNOWN TERRITORIES and Omar Román De Jesús’ CUPIDO.

CRASH, which closes the evening, features a live score composed and performed by Okaidja Afroso.


Wednesday through Saturday

October 24, 25, 26, and 27, at 8 pm.

Saturday, October 27, at 2:30 pm.

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Lovelace Studio Theater

9390 Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills.

From top:

Jacob Jonas, Crash, Joy Isabella Brown and Emma Rosenzweig-Bock in top photo, and Lamont Goode—with Okaidja Afroso in background—in photograph second from top.

Jacob Jonas, Transfer, Jonas and Jill Wilson.

Donald Byrd, Unknown Territories, Jacob “Kujo” Lyons at center.

Transfer, Wilson and Mike Tyus.

All photographs by Lawrence K. Ho.


Jacob ‘Kujo’ Lyons didn’t intend to start out a career in dance. As an international b-boy, circus acrobat, and choreographer, it’s surprising to learn that his entire life path happened by accident. After a bit of bad teenage behavior landed him in a new school, a group of classmates he mistook for a gang ‘hit him up.’ Assuming they wanted to fight, Lyons was happy to discover they meant dance, and he agreed to give it a try….”*

See the complete Endpain interview with Lyons—who danced in the premiere of Jacob JonasON ME in August, 2017 at the Ford Amphitheatre—and Alison Hersel:


Jacob “Kujo” Lyons Pictame.

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ON ME, dancer/choreographer Jacob Jonas’ new work, will premiere this weekend at the Ford Amphitheatre.

Commissioned by The Music Center On Location, ON ME is set to the music of Tim Hecker—who will perform live, joined by Kara Lis-Coverdale.

The artists performing Saturday night are: Joy Isabella Brown, Lamonte “Tales” Goode, Jacob “Kujo” Lyons, Brooklynn Reeves, Emma Rosenzweig-Bock, Keanu UchidaNicolas Walton, and Jill Wilson.


Saturday, August 19, at 8:30 pm.

Ford Amphitheatre

2580 Cahuenga Boulevard East, Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles.

Jacob Jonas The Company, from top: Nicolas Walton (left) and dancers in On Me at the Ford Amphitheatre, August 19, 2017; Jonas (foreground right), Walton (left) and dancers rehearse On Me, 2017; On Me rehearsal pile-up; On Me performance, Ford Amphitheatre. Ford photographs by Matthew Brush, rehearsal images courtesy Jacob Jonas The Company.


Jacob Jonas The Company made its local “big theater debut” at the Wallis this past January, and after the opening number (In a Room on Broad St., choreographed by Jonas) it was clear that this troupe had entered the first rank of Los Angeles dance companies:

“An explosive display of the company’s vitality and range. If break dancing and concert dance had a baby, it would be the Jacob Jonas company.” — Christina Campodonico, Los Angeles Times

This weekend in Santa Monica, Jonas and Dance Camera West are hosting TO THE SEA: DANCE CONCERTS ON THE PIER. In addition to JJTC, the line-up includes Montreal’s Les 7 Doigts de la MainTony Testa; the Cirio Collective (with work by Gregory Dolbashian); Jillian Meyers, Dana Wilson, and Megan Lawson of The Seaweed SistersAndrea Schermoly (formerly with the Nederlands Dans Theater and Boston Ballet); and Andrew Winghart.

The weekend, the first in what could become an annual event, is dedicated to the memory of legendary street dancer Vincent Foster, known as “Mr. Animation, who passed away last September. Foster was a mentor and inspiration to many, Jonas included.


TO THE SEA, Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30 at 6pm. Free with r.s.v.p.:




Jacob Jonas Image credit: Jacob Jonas The Company

Jacob Jonas
Image credit: Jacob Jonas The Company