On our second episode of Dance Trends month, your co-hosts YeaJean and Reyna interview choreographer, creative director and the Artistic Director of Jacob Jonas The Company, Jacob Jonas. In this episode, we go behind the screen and talk about family, curiosity, integrity, what it means to be a successful artist, protecting company image/brand and dancer’s, return on investment for dance degrees, cultural relevancy, tips for growing online communities, and advice for how to spend time creatively during COVID-19. Special thanks to Matt Kent of Pilobolus for connecting us for this interview.
This week on DANCE BEHIND THE SCREEN PODCAST…
[0:28] Reyna and YeaJean introduce Jacob Jonas
QUESTIONS WITH JACOB JONAS
[1:17] Reyna asks: “Can you tell us who Jacob Jonas is outside of dance?”
[2:24] Reyna asks: “Can you tell us what is interesting to you about culture?”
[5:02] Reyna asks: “How does connection live within the life of Jacob Jonas and your company and what you do?”
[6:29] YeaJean asks: “I love the values curistisity, family, and integrity. What makes your company really unique? And as an artistic director what is your role?”
[9:29] YeaJean asks: “You also mention non-traditional collaboration on your website. Can you talk about what that means to you?”
[11:15] Reyna asks: “What led you into being a filmmaker?”
[13:04] Reyna asks: “Do you see dance through the lens of film?”
[16:32] YeaJean asks: “You also have worked in advertising and fashion for a variety of clients including Nike, James Perse, Sony, and The Getty Museum. What is your experience working with these companies? Perhaps you might encounter difficulties in working with dancers?”
[18:44] Reyna asks: “Can you talk about why it’s so important to protect your dancers?”
[26:59] Reyna asks: “What advice do you have for those looking to grow their online communities? Or if someone just created their company what is the 1 thing they need to do? ”
[28:53] Reyna asks: “How can we at kNOwBOX dance help advocate for you and what you stand for?”
[30:33] Reyna asks: “What advice would you give your younger self?”
[31:35] Reyna asks:
1- If you had to recommend a resource to our audience what would it be?
Show- Abstract: The Art of Design on Netflix
[32:08] YeaJean asks:
2- What was the first dance you saw?
“The Lion King”
[32:27] Reyna asks:
3- Do you think social media has a positive influence on the dance world (yes or no)?
[32:39] YeaJean asks:
4- What is your favorite social media platform?
#JacobJonas Recommended Resources
Educational Consultant- Sir Ken Robinson, http://jacobjonas.com/the-company/collaborators/sirkenrobinson/
Work- There’s Been a Study, http://jacobjonas.com/the-work/performance/theres-been-a-study/
Quote- “If you don't know where you are going any road can take you there”- Lewis Carroll
Artist- Ryan Heffington, https://www.ryanheffington.com/
Artist- Donald Byrd, https://spectrumdance.org/about/donald-byrd/
Artist- Jill Wilson, http://jacobjonas.com/the-company/performingartists/jill-wilson/
Intensive- Digital Intensive, http://jacobjonas.com/the-work/education/digitalintensive/