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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.



Twyla Tharp had her Nine Sinatra Songs, and at the Wallis this week, Bodytraffic presents its take on the Great American Songbook with Matthew Neenan’s A MILLION VOICES, a new dance work set to five Peggy Lee performances, featuring standards by Arlen and Mercer, Irving Berlin, Leiber and Stoller, and, of course, Benny Goodman—the bandleader with whom Lee started working when she was 22.

Is that all there is? For this tenth anniversary engagement, Bodytraffic will open the show with BEYOND THE EDGE OF THE FRAME (choreographed by Sidra Bell) and an excerpt from FRAGILE DWELLINGS (Stijn Celis), and after the intermission audiences will see the company premiere of Ohad Naharin’s GEORGE & ZALMAN.

The evening will close with a return to jazz: O2JOY, by Richard Siegal, set to songs by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields, and performances by Billie HolidayCount Basie, Ella FitzgeraldOscar Peterson, and Clark Terry.


BODYTRAFFIC, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, May 31 through June 2, at 7:30 pm.

THE WALLIS, 9390 Santa Monica Boulevard North, Beverly Hills.



The company includes Tina Finkelman Berkett, Lorrin Brubaker, Joseph Davis, Haley Heckethorn, Natalie Leibert, Jessica Liu, Guzmán Rosado, and Jamal White.

Above: Choreographer Richard Siegal rehearsing O2Joy (in performance below).

Photograph below by Christopher Duggan.