Portuguese-born Jonas attended Chapitô school, where he spends three years with teachers like Sofia Neuparth, Amélia Bentes, and António Pires; he took part to an artistic residency in Italy, completed an internship at the São Luiz theatre and contemplated the view of the Tagus river over lunch.
Upon completion of his studies, he emigrated to London where he attended classes at the Pineapple Dance Studio.
Nostalgic for Portuguese olive oil, he returned to Lisbon to record Rosa Negra´s album Fado Mutante, released in 2011 and winner of the 2012 Carlos Paredes award. He entered Escola Superior de Dança, where he began creating his own work in collaboration with Lander Patrick.
Jonas feels truly privileged to have traveled, learned and worked with artists like Margarida Bettencourt, Tiago Guedes, Sofia de Portugal, Jérôme Bel, Maria João e Mário Laginha among other
Lander has worked around the world with people he admires, such as Luís Guerra, Tomaz Simatovic, Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Alejandro Ahmed, Margarida Bettencourt, and Jonas Lopes, among others. After winning two awards in choreography – 1st prize at the Koreografskih Minijatura Festival (Serbia) for Noodles Never Break When Boiled and 2nd prize at the No Ballet International Choreography Competition (Germany) for Cascas d’OvO (“Eggshells”) – he found the motivation to work in the field of choreographic creation rather than at a call centre. Cascas d’OvO was selected for Aerowaves Priority Company 2014 and his work has been presented in Portugal, Italy, Sweden, USA, Germany, Brazil, France, England, Spain, Serbia, Poland, Switzerland, etc.