Jacob Boehme is a Melbourne born and based artist, and a descendant of the Narangga and Kaurna nations of South Australia.
Jacob is an independent artist and the Artistic Director of IDJA: Melbourne based Indigenous contemporary dance theatre, established in 2011. Jacob is a trained dancer/choreographer (Diploma in Dance, NAISDA, 2000), puppeteer (Post Graduate Diploma & Masters in Puppetry, Victorian College of the Arts, 2006/2007) and playwright (Masters in Writing for Performance, Victorian College of the Arts, 2014) creating multi‐disciplinary theatre, dance and ceremony for stage, screen and large-scale public events and festivals including Melbourne Festival Tanderrum, ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, FINA World Swimming Championships & Dreamtime at the G.
Jacob’s contemporary theatre practice is influenced by and has its foundations in traditional Aboriginal dance and storytelling. Jacob has worked with elders (Song Men and Song Women) and youth from remote and rural Aboriginal communities for over 20 years, leading inter-generational cultural maintenance programs and the research and revival of traditional dance, ensuring traditional Aboriginal culture remains a living and contemporary practice.
Jacob is alumni of the British Council’s ACCELERATE Indigenous Leaders Program 2014 and recipient of Asialink 2010, working across disciplines of puppetry and dance, with Ishara Puppet Theatre in New Delhi. Jacob is currently developing his solo dance theatre work Blood on the Dance Floor premiering in 2016.