History Has Its Eyes on Jessica Lang Dance: 7 Stand-Out Moments in 7 Years

Jessica Lang started her career as an aspiring student at The Juilliard School. From there, she blossomed into the inspiring, engaging and modern choreographer she is today, an inspiring woman running her own successful dance company. To the disappointment of many dance enthusiasts, Lang announced that the company will be ending in April 2019. The troupe will perform for the last time in Michigan on January 24 at Wharton Center.

We wanted to highlight the astonishing seven years the group had with what we see as their shining moments in dance history.

1. First Performance as a Company, November 2011

The inception of the group was in 2011, which is also when Jessica Lang Dance first performed. At the Joyce Theater’s Soho location, Lang presented a piece untitled and apparently a work-in-progress, and it was performed almost flawlessly. Before Lang started her own company, she has choreographed more than 74 pieces, including some for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and American Ballet Theatre.

2. Jessica Lang Dance Official Company Debut, July 2012

July 30, 2012. Anything is possible if you put your mind to it. The performance took place at Doris Duke Theater at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival with eleven company members dancing in five different pieces. The performance of Lang’s famous piece ‘The Calling’ is below from this infamous festival.

3. Lang Wins 2014 Bessie for “Outstanding Emerging Choreographer,” July 2014

The Bessies have saluted outstanding and groundbreaking creative work by independent dance artists in NYC for 33 years. At their press conferences announcing the award nominees, the Bessies award Emerging Choreographers for their miraculous work. This was Jessica Lang in 2014. Lang was recognized for her the elegant works created for her newly formed company after becoming an artistic director.the bessies press con 2014-60

4. Steven Holl Collaborates with Jessica Lang Dance Company, December 2015

Holl is an architect whose work has been described in the same way Lang’s performances have been emulated in reviews, ” as fluid as a dancer’s limbs.” The two recognized this and soon came together to create the astonishing 20-minute piece called Tesseracts of Time. The two used the proscenium stage of the Harris Theater (beneath Millennium Park) to explore four ways buildings can relate to the ground—under it, in it, on it, and over it—with each inspiring one part of their four-act composition. This partnership was monumental in the dance community, bringing modern aspects to classic ballet. Jessica Lang Dance

5. Jessica Lang Dance wins 2017 Arison Award

The Arison Award, established in 2001, is given annually to an individual (or individuals) who has had a considerable influence on the development of young American artists. Jessica Lang as a choreographer won this prestigious award.1-9-jessica-lang-sarah-arison-jason-moran2-1060x706

6. Stabat Mater at Lincoln Center’s 2017 White Light Festival, November 2017

Lang recreated this Mozart-Pergolesi piece on stage for her Lincoln Center choreography debut. This is a piece she fostered for a few years; hear her talk more about it in the video below:

7. Lang Announces the Closing of Jessica Lang Dance Company, November 2018

Although the dance world is sad to see the company conclude, we are excited to see where Lang goes in her future, as she has announced she will be focusing more on her choreography in these following years. Any opportunity for growth is a good one.

Experience the thrill of this modern ballet dance company at Wharton Center January 24. More information can be found here. Don’t forget to also like us on Facebook here and follow our Instagram here and our Twitter here.

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