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Jacob Jonas The Company’s CRASH ft. Okaidja Afroso and other works


Jacob Jonas The Company (JJTC) advances human narratives through the creation and presentation of exceptional dance. Together with a community of diverse collaborators, JJTC creates socially relevant works and strives to make dance a more visible and valued art form.

CRASH is a collaboration between Jacob Jonas The Company and Okaidja Afroso, who composed and will perform an original score live. The piece is inspired by the formation and patterns of waves — a source of inspiration for both Santa Monica, CA-based choreographer Jacob Jonas, and Afroso.

“The ocean is never still. Waves crash continuously. While observing from the shore, we expect to see waves on the horizon. One never crashes the same as another. Never the same height, pressure, distance or rhythm. Waves transmit energy, not water. Once crashed, a specific whitewater formation appears, then disappears. I have taken a series of still images of these whitewater formations from the Santa Monica Pier to inspire and imitate the patterns and directions choreographically.” – Jacob Jonas

Sponsored by Barclay-Shelton Dance Centre, Matthew & Nicole Cox, and Ray Liaw & Joseph Gregory.

This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Thank you to our 2021-2022 Media Partner KCTS-9.