Since the company’s inception in 2011, Jessica Lang Dance (JLD) has been devoted to enriching and inspiring global audiences by immersing them in the beauty of movement and music. JLD’s diverse repertoire of original works, created by Bessie-Award winning Artistic Director Jessica Lang, embodies a genre-bending contemporary movement style that resists categorical definition. Hailed as “a master of visual composition” by Dance Magazine, Lang seamlessly incorporates striking design elements and transforms classical ballet language into artfully crafted, emotionally engaging works that feature gifted, graceful, and athletic performers. “Jessica Lang Dance is to movement what music is to sound.” - Mesa Performing Arts Examiner.
The company has performed their repertoire of 25 unique works for audiences nationally and internationally in over 75 cities, 35 states, and 7 different countries. JLD’s trajectory is strongly influenced by a commitment to artistic collaboration with such renowned artists as architect Steven Holl, costume designer Bradon McDonald, lighting designer Nicole Pearce, and composer Jakub Ciupinski, as well as visual artist Shinichi Maruyama, among others.
In 2017, Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival presented JLD in Lang’s rendition of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater - hailed as “one of the most extraordinary experiences an opera-goer is likely to see … .” Her choreographic genius spans the breadth between these classical works and the legendary music of singer Tony Bennett, with the recent 2018 premiere of This Thing Called Love commissioned by the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College.
Lang’s work has been commissioned by such notable organizations as Jacob’s Pillow, The Joyce Theater, Des Moines Performing Arts, The Chicago Architecture Biennial, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Symphony Orchestra, among others. JLD’s 2018-19 season began with two exceptional residencies to develop new work at White Oak and the coveted Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The company has been awarded additional residencies for new work creation at Jacob’s Pillow, Wickenburg, and Kaatsbaan International Dance Center.
JLD has been presented at premier venues and festivals worldwide including Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, BAM’s Next Wave Festival, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, the Joyce Theater, the White Light Festival at Lincoln Center, Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center, Bolshoi’s Inversion Festival of Contemporary Dance, and Palacio de Bellas Artes, among many others.