Jason Akira Somma is a practicing choreographer, director, and photographer based in NYC who has been merging his two backgrounds as a visual artists and choreographer experimenting on ways of transcending dance from the ephemeral state on stage to the walls of galleries. Jason has danced for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co., and the Pearson/Widrig Co. among others. His dance film work has been featured on the Sundance Channel, Independent Film Channel, PBS, NY Dance Film Festival, MTV Europe, American Dance Festival, Dance Theatre Workshop (NYC), Seoul (Korea) Film Festival, SPEX Magazine (Germany), Impulz Tanz (Vienna), Cinedans Festival (Amsterdam) and in the Performatica Festival (Mexico City). His photography and film work have also been featured in The Deitch Project (SoHo), P.S. 1 (MoMA), Robert Altman Gallery, Chrysler Museum of Art (Norfolk, VA), and the Anderson Gallery (Richmond, VA) His photography work has also been featured in numerous periodicals and magazines in the U.S. and Europe to include the New York Times, Dance Magazine, Dance Europe Magazine, Village Voice, Time Out NY, and LA Times to name a few. Jason has been commissioned by the BBC Bigscreens Moves festival in the UK and was a guest artist at the Center of Contemporary Art in Glasgow. Jason was also the first American to receive the Rolex Arts Initiative for Dance and he is presently setting a piece on the Lyon Opera Ballet, premiering a work at Saddler Wells Theatre in London, and collaborating with Jiri Kylian on a dance piece commemorating the Nederlands Dans Theater’s 50th anniversary.