From Foreign Lands and People
Jessica Lang Dance performing From Foreign Lands and People...
Photo by Takao Komaru

Premiered in

8 (4 men, 4 women)

20 minutes

Commissioned by
Colorado Ballet

Foundation Support
Made possible by support from Jane and Neil MacDonald.

Restaged on
Jessica Lang Dance (2012 - present)
Dayton Ballet (2014, 2017)
Colorado Ballet (2006, 2007-08)

This piece premiered at the Vail International Dance Festival.

“It's fascinating to watch the near-constant manipulation of the components, as they're laid on their sides, tilted, propped on others to form slides, erected as pillars, and built into structures for dancers to climb and hang from. Lang skillfully reconfigures the space with constructions both human and inhuman.”
- Deborah Jowitt, Arts Journal, August 1, 2012
“Visually stunning, emotionally touching, and brilliantly choreographed...”
“Compared to Taylor and Tharp, whose places in dance history are assured, Lang, 31, is a neophyte. But her 20-minute work, "From Foreign Lands and People," tucked into the middle of the program, is in no way overshadowed by the two veterans' selections. Expect big things from Lang. She is a major choreographic talent.”
- Kyle MacMillan, Denver Post, March 07, 2006
“This is evocative dance that fires the imagination, unfolding seamlessly and never running out of ideas.”
“Lang's composition was alive with fresh movement as modern dance suggests, and as beautifully tailored as classical dance.”
- Laura A. Ball, Vail Daily, August 04, 2005
“This is a smooth-flowing work, rather constricted in its propulsive accents. For those who enjoy poetry as a flow of emotions, Lang has succeeded with subtle art and deft surprises.... That the Colorado Ballet was the vehicle for the Vail International Dance Festival's commission marks a major advance in the company's reputation. And the company has a winner in Jessica Lang.”

Robert Schumann

Set Design
Jessica Lang

Costume Design
Elena Comendador

Lighting Design
Todd Clark

Past Performances
August 3, 2005Beaver Creek, ColoradoMore Info
March 9 - April 1, 2006Denver, ColoradoMore Info
August 3-5, 2007Alberqurque, NMMore Info
September 12-14, 2008Denver, COMore Info
July 25-29, 2012Becket, MAMore Info
September 14, 2012Richmond, VAMore Info
August 16-17, 2013New York, NYMore Info
March 20-23, 2014Dayton, OHMore Info
March 30-April 2, 2017Dayton, OHMore Info
August 20, 2013NY TimesMore Info
September 16, 2012Richmond Times DispatchMore Info
August 1, 2012Dance MagazineMore Info
August 1, 2012Arts JournalMore Info
July 30, 2012Financial TimesMore Info
July 30, 2012Eye on Dance and the ArtsMore Info
July 28, 2012The Rural IntelligenceMore Info
March 16, 20065820 MagazineMore Info
March 07, 2006Denver PostMore Info
August 05, 2005The Rocky Mountain NewsMore Info
August 04, 2005Vail DailyMore Info
August, 2005The Denver PostMore Info
March 05, 2006The Denver PostMore Info