Jessica Lang Dance
Founded in 2011, Jessica Lang Dance (JLD) is a New York City based dance company whose mission is to enrich and inspire global audiences by immersing them in the beauty of movement and music.
Creating and performing the work of choreographer Jessica Lang, JLD’s diverse repertoire demonstrates a commitment to artistic collaboration and a style that resists categorical definition. The company has performed at premier venues and festivals worldwide including Lincoln Center's White Light Festival, 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, Winspear Opera House, Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center, Helikon Opera and Palacio de Bellas Artes, among others.
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, White Bird, and SUNY Purchase, among others. In May 2018, JLD will premiere a new work celebrating the music and artistry of legendary singer Tony Bennett.
JLD is committed to engaging and empowering minds of all ages and populations with its Education and Outreach programming. Its unique curriculum called LANGuage emphasizes creative thinking and serves a wide variety of communities in addition to dance students and pre-professionals, including under-served children, special education youth, senior citizens, and veterans.
JLD has received numerous grants and funding from organizations including The New York Community Trust, Howard Gilman Foundation, Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, The SHS Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, the Jerome Robbins Foundation, the Irving Harris Foundation, the O'Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Harkness Foundation for Dance, Dance/NYC and the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.
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