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Experience the beauty of movement and music as only Jessica Lang Dance can deliver. Rapidly gaining recognition, the company has performed at world-renowned venues and festivals including Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Joyce Theater, and many more. The evening’s performance is a hypnotizing voyage through Lang’s work, including “Her Road” that perfectly captures the simple, stark beauty of Georgia O’Keefe’s desert Southwest paintings, and the pièce de ré·sis·tance, “Thousand Yard Stare,” that the Chicago Tribune called “a remarkable evocation, minimal yet profound, of soldiers in formation and at war. Moving and masterful.”

This performance is linked to The Z’s 2017/2018 ArtsBridge theme of the Veteran’s Experience. The slate of programming includes Jessica Lang Dance, The Things They Carried, a screening of the documentary Almost Sunrise, and more. The Veteran’s Experience provides an opportunity to reflect on issues that affect our veterans with a focus on the redemptive power of storytelling.

“New York choreographer Jessica Lang has a knack for conceiving a complete universe in each dance—distinctive in its look and mood, sound and atmosphere…Lang’s visual sense is remarkable”
- Los Angeles Times


Her Road
Premiered in 2017 / Dancers: 4 (4 men or 4 women) / Length: 13 minutes

Music: Ludwig van Beethoven
Set Design: Jessica Lang
Set Concept: Jessica Lang
Costume Design: Jim Lang
Costume Concept: Jim Lang
Lighting Design: Nicole Pearce

“I consider myself a visual artist,” Lang said. “I paint and sculpt with movement. I create an environment with music and intention, lines that travel through space.” She said that she had visited the O’Keeffe house and found herself drawn to the simple things there — the shapes of doorways, the stepping stones leading to the door, the windows O’Keeffe had built into the walls of the old adobe structure she remodeled. Looking out those windows, seeing what O’Keeffe saw every day, offered a dichotomy for the choreographer around the idea of home versus the outside world. “It was a quiet and reverent experience. It felt personal. I enjoyed it very much. I can understand the value of being quiet. Quiet time is important to find,” Lang said. Michael Wade Simpson, The Santa Fe New Mexican. May 19, 2017.

This project is supported in part by an award from The National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support provided by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation and The Harkness Foundation for Dance. Created in part with the support from the Made In Wickenburg Residency Program with funding from the R. H. Johnson Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, WESTAF, The Wellik Foundation and Elaine and Peter Schweitzer. Also created in part during a 2016 Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University Fellowship. This work was generously underwritten by Gerald Appelstein.

Thousand Yard Stare
Premiered in 2016 / Dancers: 9 (5 men, 4 women) / Length: 20 minutes

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

Co-commissioned by Des Moines Performing Arts. This work was generously underwritten by Geoff Fallon and co-commissioned by Des Moines Performing Arts.

“Set to the sublime adagio from Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 15, performed live, the rituals of war — marching, crawling, trudging — are rendered with abstract simplicity, while the losses — dancers’ torsos react to invisible blows, arching back with sudden force — rush at one with a throat-catching straightforwardness.” – Janine Parker, Boston Globe. July 6, 2017.

The Calling
Premiered in 2006 / Dancers: 1 (1 man or woman) / Length: 4 minutes

Commissioned by: Ailey II

Restaged on: Jessica Lang Dance (2011 – present), Pacific Northwest Ballet (2015), Francesca Harper Project, excerpt (2010), Ailey II (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)

The Calling is an excerpt from Splendid Isolation II.

“[Kana] Kimura’s ultra-maxidress pools around her, isolating her in a circle of white cloth as she stretches and undulates. The image of her bare back and arms emerging from the column of white is one that will stick for a while, as so many of Lang’s images do.” Tresca Weinstein, Dance Magazine. 2012.


Jessica Lang of Jessica Lang Dance at Zeiterion 2/10/17

Jessica Lang is a choreographer and the artistic director of Jessica Lang Dance. Lang, a recipient of a prestigious 2014 Bessie Award and 2017 Arison Award, has created more than 95 works on companies worldwide since 1999 including American Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet (2013 Manchester Theatre Award nominee), the National Ballet of Japan and Joffrey Ballet, among many others. Additional commissions include new works for the Kennedy Center with the National Symphony Orchestra, The Harris Theater and the Chicago Architecture Biennial in collaboration with architect Steven Holl, the Dallas Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum for its Works and Process series. In 2016, she choreographed San Francisco Opera’s production of Aida, directed by Francesca Zambello which will be performed by Washington National Opera and Seattle Opera in the 2017/18 season. She was a 2015 New York City Center Fellow and a 2016 Fellow at NYU Center for Ballet and the Arts. In 2017, Lang is the Emerging Movement Artist in Residence for Dance Films Association.

Lang’s work has also been performed by numerous educational institutions including The Juilliard School, SUNY Purchase, NYU Tisch School of the Arts and Southern Methodist University, among many others. She was a part of the founding faculty of American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School and a teaching artist for the Make-a-Ballet program.

Lang, a graduate of The Juilliard School under the direction of Benjamin Harkarvy, is a former member of Twyla Tharp’s company, THARP!

Dance Barre – It’s like a book group for dance!

You’re invited to gather on The Z Stage to hear dance experts, watch video performances, and have a glass of wine!

Dance Barre Jessica Lang Dance

Get ready for Jessica Lang Dance!

Dance Deconstructed: How Ballets Come Together & Fall Apart
Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 7:00-8:00PM
Guest Speaker: Sydney Skybetter

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Get ready for Moscow Festival Ballet’s performance of Sleeping Beauty!

A Ballerina’s Life: Blood, Sweat & Tutus
Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 7:00-8:00PM
Guest Speaker: Ballerina Katie Moorhead

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Let’s go to Jacob’s Pillow!

Saturday, June 23

Trip to Jacobs Pillow

Join fellow dance lovers on a day-long excursion to Jacob’s Pillow Dance, home to America’s longest-running international dance festival lauded worldwide as a “hub and mecca of dancing” (TIME Magazine). We’ll take a motor coach roundtrip from The Z to Jacob’s Pillow and enjoy a guided tour, pre-show talk, a mainstage performance and an Inside/Out performance!

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