The Calling (excerpt from Splendid Isolation II)
Jessica Lang Dance performing The Calling (excerpt from Splendid Isolation II)
Photo by Sharon Bradford

Premiered in

1 (1 man or woman)

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 and can be programmed on its own as a complete work.

“...a work of substance, as if watching a statue come to dignified life.”
- Adrian Chamberlain, Times Colonist, November 19, 2016
“remarkably dynamic...terrifyingly beautiful.”
“a marvel to watch.”
- Philippa Kiraly, The SunBreak, November 8, 2015
“A surreal essay”
“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, August 1, 2012
“Minimalist and deceptively simplistic”
- Alan C. Smith, Bernews, January 25, 2012
“A heavenly ballet ...The beautiful movements seamlessly moved from the long and lyrical to urging and angular, leaving the audience completely mesmerized.”

Trio Mediaeval

Costume Design
Elena Comendador

Costume Concept
Jessica Lang

Lighting Design
Al Crawford

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