Jessica Lang Dance
Founded in 2011, Jessica Lang Dance (JLD) is a Long Island City-based dance company dedicated to creating and performing the work of Jessica Lang. JLD enriches and inspires global audiences by immersing them in the beauty of movement and music.
Since the company's inception, marked by Lang's receipt of a Joyce Theater Artist Residency supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, JLD has made rapid success performing at world renowned venues and festivals including Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival, New York City Center's Fall for Dance Festival, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Joyce Theater, the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, The Music Center, Northrop Auditorium, Winspear Opera House and Palacio de Bellas Artes, among others. The company's performances have been named among the best dance events of the year by major publications in Dallas, Chicago, Kansas City and Boston. In 2014, JLD made its Kennedy Center debut with Scape, set to John Adams' Violin Concerto and played live by violinist Leila Josefowicz with the National Symphony Orchestra.
In Summer 2015, JLD performed a rare two-week run of The Wanderer at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. In November 2015, JLD made its critically acclaimed Chicago debut with Tesseracts of Time, co-commissioned by the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial and the Society for the Performing Arts featuring a set by world-renowned architect Steven Holl. In Summer 2017, the company returned to Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival for the fourth time in six years with a world premiere commissioned specifically for the Festival’s 85th Anniversary. In the upcoming 2017-18 touring season, JLD will be presented by venues including The Joyce Theater, Artis-Naples, UMASS Amherst, Carpenter Performing Arts Center, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, WhiteBird’s presenting at the Newmark Theater and SUNY Purchase, among many others. In November 2017, JLD was presented by Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival, performing the company premiere of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater.
This January during APAP 2018, Jessica Lang Dance will be showcased as part of The Joyce Theater's American Dance Platform, curated by Christine Tschida, Director of Northrop at the University of Minnesota. Performances will be Wednesday, January 10 at 7:30PM and Sunday, January 14 at 2:00PM. Visit Joyce.org for tickets.
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, and it has come to characterize her aesthetic." —Laura Bleiberg, LA Times
Her choreographic restraint is a joy – solicitous partnering, an unforced cleaving of space – and the balance that she strikes between lyricism and gravity is as satisfying as it is true to its source." —Luke Jennings, The Guardian
Lang has a gift for conveying emotion with exquisite simplicity." —Sarah Kaufman, Washington Post
Renowned for her visionary scenic collaborations with designers and artists, and her genre-bending contemporary ballet style, Lang creates striking compositions that resist categorical definition." —Angeleno Magazine