Jessica Lang Dance


Hailed “a master of visual composition” Jessica Lang seamlessly incorporates striking design elements and transforms classical ballet language into artfully crafted, emotionally engaging contemporary work. Lang challenges the collaborative process and excels in her unconventional collaborations.


“Lang has a gift for conveying emotion with exquisite simplicity.” (The Washington Post)


The program


Solo Bach

Choreography: Jessica Lang
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach
Lighting Design: Nicole Pearce
Costumes Design: Bradon McDonald

Works from Bach The Six Sonatas & Partitas for Violin Solo;
Lara St. John, violin performed courtesy Ancalagon Records and Lara St. John. Partita No. 3 in E Major, BMV 1006: Gavotte en Rondeau.


Sweet Silent Thought

Choreography: Jessica Lang
Original Score: Jakub Ciupinski
Lighting Design: Nicole Pearce
Costume Design: Bradon McDonald
This work has been made possible by a commissioning grant from the O’Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation

This work inspired by Shakespeare's sonnets features readings from sonnets 30, 64, 40, 105, and 71.  Vocals by Nilanjana Bose-Ciupinska, Chukwudi Iwuji, and Chris Myers.


Thousand Yard Stare

Choreography: Jessica Lang
Music: Ludwig van Beethoven
Lighting Design: Nicole Pearce
Costume Design: Bradon McDonald

 This work was generously underwritten by Geoff Fallon and was co-commissioned by Des Moines Performing Arts.
Ludwig van Beethoven, String Quartet No. 15, Op 132. Third movement: Adagio “Heiliger Dankgesang eines Genesenen an die Gottheit, in der lydischen Tonart" (Holy song of thanksgiving of a convalescent to the Deity, in the Lydian Mode).  Performed by Takás Quartet.


The Calling (excerpt from Splendid Isolation II)

Choreography: Jessica Lang
Music: Trio Mediaeval
                                              Costume Concept: Jessica Lang
Costumes: Elena Comendador
Original Lighting: Al Crawford, Recreated by Nicole Pearce

Commissioned by Ailey II.

“O Maria, stella maris” Performed by Trio Mediaeval (p) ECM Records 2005. Used by arrangement with ECM Records, Munich.

A Dance on Film
Choreography and Direction: Jessica Lang
Director of Photography: Shinichi Maruyama
Editor and Compositor: Tetsushi Wakasugi and Jackson Notier
Music: Edward Grieg
 Costumes: Elena Comendador

This work was created during Lang’s Joyce Theater Residency
with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.



Choreography: Jessica Lang
Video Editor/Compositor: Tetsushi Wakasugi and Jackson Notier
Original Score: Jakub Ciupinski
 Costumes: Elena Comendador
Lighting: Nicole Pearce
Video Art KUSHO: Shinichi Maruyama



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