Taking to non-traditional outdoor venues, in October and November 2021 Jacob Jonas The Company (JJTC) will present ACTIVATE LA in association with the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts with performances at Century Park in Century City, ROW Downtown Los Angeles, and the Water Garden in Santa Monica. ACTIVATE LA will include seven performances featuring two premiere programs.
JJTC was co-founded by Jacob Jonas and Jill Wilson and since its inception has grown caught the attention of critics and audiences throughout the country. With Jonas’ collaborations with photographers and the creation of Films.Dance, this recognition has expanded globally. Jonas’ connection with The Wallis extends back when JJTC had very first Los Angeles performance there which led to JJTC’s 2018/2019 Company-in-Residence at The Wallis.
Jonas’ movement style has been described as the fusion of contemporary ballet, breakdance and acrobatic movement. I would add contemporary modern to that list of dance styles. The work is high energetic, physically challenging to the performers and sometimes teeters on the edge of concert dance and entertainment. JJTC’s website describes the company this way: “JJTC consists of choreographers, makers, creative thinkers, cultural researchers, educators, futurists, activists, and administrators. Our work engages diverse and untapped populations, increasing the visibility of dance as an art form in Los Angeles and globally through live performance and media landscapes.”
ACTIVATE LA will be presented at Century Park, an outdoor park in the heart of Century City at the Westside’s premier office destination on October 1 and 2, 2021 at 7:30 pm PT; at ROW DTLA, an outdoor rooftop with sweeping views of DTLA October 22-24, 2021 at 7:30 pm PT; and Water Garden Santa Monica, an outdoor garden oasis at the premiere tech hub of the westside on November 12 and 13, 2021 at 7:30 pm PT. At Century Park and Water Garden, JJTC will present At Work, with live music composed by Steve Hackman, a Los Angeles-based composer, conductor, and producer who has worked with orchestras including San Francisco, Seattle, Pittsburgh and such artists as Kanye West and Doja Cat. At ROW DTLA, JJTC will premiere Juxtapose, with live music composed by LA based composer, sound artist, movement performer, and educator Anibal Sandoval.
All performances are held outdoors and attendees are requested to socially distance. Please refrain from attending a performance if you are experiencing a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or any other symptoms associated with COVID-19, or if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or exposed to someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
WHAT: Jacob Jonas The Company presents ACTIVATE LA in association with The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.
WHERE and WHEN:
October 1-2 – Century Park (Century City) – 7:30 pm PT
October 22-24 – ROW DTLA (Downtown Los Angeles) – 7:30 pm PT
November 12-13 – Water Garden (Santa Monica) – 7:30 pm PT
Century Park tickets starting at 2 for $100
ROW DTLA tickets starting at $35
Water Garden Santa Monica tickets starting at 2 for $100
Tickets prices for the three programs vary. For tickets and information, click HERE or call 310-746-4000 (Monday – Friday, 10 am to 6 pm).
To learn more about Jacob Jonas The Company, please visit their website HERE.
To visit the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts website, click HERE.
About Century Park, click HERE.
About ROW DTLA, click HERE.
About Water Garden in Santa Monica, click HERE.
By Jeff Slayton
Featured image: Jacob Jonas The Company – Photo courtesy of The Wallis