Elana Jacobs //Artistic Director

Whether through film, dance, music, 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. 

Jacobs is the cofounder and artistic director of performance company CabinFever.  She has created many original performances, most notabley a well-received run of performances at The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (Respire - 2017), Soho House Chicago (Ghosts of the White City 2016), Theaster Gates' Stony Island Arts Bank (with Kiara Lanier QiQi 2016),  and Link’s Hall Chicago (A PSA from the Night Herself - 2016) . Jacobs was featured on CityArts Magazine’s Future List 2015 and has conducted guest dance workshops and lectures at Skidmore College.

A native of the Boston area, Elana Jacobs graduated with a BS Cum Laude in Dance from Skidmore College in 2010. In 2011, she co-founded and has since served as the artistic director for CabinFever, a performance company that produces original multi-media, site-specific performance artworks inspired by and performed inside people’s homes and historical spaces. The company, which consists of a steady roster of dancers and musicians from five different cities, has self-produced two tours that included original works performed in California, Colorado, New Mexico, Washington, Illinois, New York, Vermont, and Massachusetts.  

Additionally,  New Music USA offered a grant to CabinFever musicians for their original score created for Respire at the MCA Chicago. 

Other notable accomplishments include receiving the first-ever residency at the Historic Florsheim Mansion for a performing arts group and an artist residency at the prestigious Town Hall in Seattle. CabinFever was featured in a Documentary titled “Salutations,” which premiered at the Northwest Film Forum and screened at the Newton Cinema in Massachusetts as well as Comfort Station in Chicago. 

She regularly teaches Classical Pilates in studios around Chicago and teaches a body-mind class entitled Art & Core