Elana Jacobs //Artistic Director
Whether through film, music, dance or whatever medium may be readily available to her, Elana strives to find beauty from the moments otherwise known as “in between”. She revels in the details of the human condition and will do anything to highlight them.
A native of the Boston area, Elana earned a BS Cum Laude in Dance with a minor in Exercise Science from Skidmore College in 2010. Commencing in 2011, Elana co-founded and has served as Artistic Director of the performance art company CabinFever, where she has been able to realize a concept that she had envisioned years before.
By creating original multi-media site-specific performance art works in people’s homes, barns, retreat centers, and historical mansions as its primary venues, CabinFever has achieved Elana’s main goal of reaching new audiences for contemporary dance and movement art. In addition to reaching new audiences, these spaces encourage the company to perform and base its work on intimate (albeit universal) subjects. A documentary of CabinFever’s 2014 five city west coast tour was shown to critical praise in the Boston area’s West Newton Cinema and at Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum, where one critic concluded: “unlike many dance documentaries this one takes the dancers out of the studio and places them in people’s homes, giving it breathing room, embracing the creative possibilities of dance and giving the often ignored histories of houses an unexpected second life through movement.”
CityArts Magazine listed Elana as one of 12 on their Future List 2015; Artists and innovators to shape the year to come. Elana was also selected to be Artist in Residence at Seattle’s prestigious Town Hall in 2014. Elana was also recognized by Skidmore College when the Dance Department invited her back after graduation as the substitute instructor for the "Improvisation" Course and to conduct workshops and lectures for "Living the Liberal Arts."
Now based in Chicago, Elana wants CabinFever to continue to create evening length works inspired by family memories, architecture, and the triumphant stories that unfold when we live in a home over time. So far in Chicago, Elana has had the privilege to create works for a Bertrand Goldberg designed House, The Soho House Chicago, and Theaster Gates' Stony Island Arts Bank. Look out for Elana + CabinFever at the Museum of Contemporary Art April 29th.
Elana is also a classical Pilates instructor who teaches private lessons at multiple studios in Chicago, as well as in-home private sessions.