Thousand Yard Stare
Jessica Lang Dance performing Thousand Yard Stare
Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Premiered in

9 (5 men, 4 women)

20 minutes

Commissioned by
Co-commissioned by Des Moines Performing Arts

This work was generously underwritten by Geoff Fallon and co-commissioned by Des Moines Performing Arts.

“the rituals of war are rendered with abstract simplicity, while the losses rush at one with a throat-catching straightforwardness.”
- Janine Parker, Boston Globe, July 6, 2017
“plainly a masterpiece...a study in tight camaraderie and repeated loss...the connection between dancers- as between soldiers- couldn't be more trusting or visceral.”
“a mesmerizing work of symbolic and revealing movement...evoking loyalty, terror, sacrifice, and the many complexities and tensions of individuals at war.”
“Pride, honor, hope, fear, friendship, loss and helplessness are all there, as are shock, trauma and mourning. Thousand Yard Stare puts humanity itself under the microscope.”
- Lauren Gallagher, DanceTabs, June 22, 2016
“evoked the desperation for fellow humanity and loss and longing that seem to define life, whether in a war zone or not.”
- Alexandra Villarreal, Huffington Post, June 21, 2016
“a disturbing, haunting, visceral, resonant and beautiful work, filled with images of violence and loss, of hope and despair.”
- James D. Watts, Jr., Tulsa World, April 13, 2016
“This ballet is spare yet evocative, gorgeous throughout.”
“a remarkable evocation, minimal yet profound, of soldiers in formation and at war. Moving and masterful.”
“creates an all-too-vivid underworld of loss, of camaraderie and isolation, and of the mind that's trapped there.”

Ludwig van Beethoven

Costume Design
Bradon McDonald

Lighting Design
Nicole Pearce

Past Performances
January 30, 2016Birmingham, ALMore Info
February 11, 2016Des Moines, IAMore Info
February 19, 2016Irvine, CAMore Info
April 2, 2016Lyndon Center, VTMore Info
April 12, 2016Tulsa, OKMore Info
May 28, 2016Tivoli, NYMore Info
June 14-19, 2016New York, NYMore Info
July 26, 2016San Luis Potosi, MexicoMore Info
July 29-30, 2016Mexico City, MexicoMore Info
October 1, 2016Kansas City, MOMore Info
October 28-29, 2016Vancouver, BCMore Info
November 10-12, 2016Seattle, WAMore Info
November 18-19, 2016Victoria, BCMore Info
December 1, 2016Meridian, MSMore Info
December 9, 2016Dallas, TXMore Info
January 13, 2017Park City, UTMore Info
January 27-28, 2017Boston, MAMore Info
February 8, 2017Boone, NCMore Info
February 9, 2017Clemson, SCMore Info
February 17-19, 2017Los Angeles, CAMore Info
February 25, 2017Indianapolis, INMore Info
February 28, 2017East Lansing, MIMore Info
March 4, 2017Cleveland, OHMore Info
March 7, 2017Interlochen, MIMore Info
March 10-11, 2017New York, NYMore Info
March 23, 2017Iowa City, IAMore Info
April 5-9, 2017Philadelphia, PAMore Info
April 12, 2017University Park, PAMore Info
April 14, 2017Bloomsburg, PAMore Info
April 20-22, 2017Tel Aviv, IsraelMore Info
May 13, 2017New Orleans, LAMore Info
May 20, 2017Houston, TXMore Info
May 23, 2017Santa Fe, NMMore Info
July 5-9, 2017Becket, MAMore Info
October 7, 2017Long Beach, CAMore Info
October 20, 2017Annapolis, MDMore Info
October 21, 2017Reading, PAMore Info
December 2-3, 2017Moscow, RussiaMore Info
January 20, 2018Danville, KYMore Info
January 26-27, 2018Notre Dame, INMore Info
February 2, 2018St. Joseph, MNMore Info
February 5, 2018Naples, FLMore Info
February 8, 2018Amherst, MAMore Info
February 10, 2018New Bedford, MAMore Info
March 8-10, 2018Portland, ORMore Info
March 17, 2018Madison, WIMore Info
March 24, 2018Brookfield, WIMore Info
April 14, 2018Portland, MEMore Info
April 18, 2018Storrs, CTMore Info
April 21, 2018Burlington, VTMore Info
May 5, 2018Purchase, NYMore Info
May 10, 2018Omaha, NEMore Info
May 18, 2018Louisville, KYMore Info
September 20, 2018Fayetteville, ARMore Info
October 5, 2018Boulder, COMore Info
November 7, 2018Gainesville, FLMore Info
November 12, 2018Charlotte, NCMore Info
November 14, 2018Gettysburg, PAMore Info
November 16, 2018Princeton, NJMore Info
January 11-12, 2019Lake Worth, FLMore Info
February 2, 2019Ogden, UTMore Info
February 7, 2019Denver, COMore Info
February 21, 2019Santa Barbara, CAMore Info
February 28-March 2, 2019San Francisco, CAMore Info
March 5, 2019Malibu, CAMore Info
March 14, 2019Aiken, SCMore Info
April 14, 2019Norfolk, VAMore Info
May 19, 201889.3 WFPLMore Info
March 22, 2018Oregon ArtsWatchMore Info
February 15, 2018The Massachusetts Daily CollegianMore Info
July 8, 2017Arts JournalMore Info
July 6, 2017Boston GlobeMore Info
April 7, 2017phindieMore Info
April 6, 2017Broad Street ReviewMore Info
January 30, 2017The Arts FuseMore Info
January 28, 2017Boston GlobeMore Info
December 20, 2016Theater JonesMore Info
December 10, 2016Dallas NewsMore Info
December 1, 2016Seattle DancesMore Info
November 19, 2016Times ColonistMore Info
November 11, 2016Seattle TimesMore Info
November 11, 2016Seattle PiMore Info
November 1, 2016Vancouver ObserverMore Info
October 2, 2016The Kansas City StarMore Info
June 22, 2016DanceTabsMore Info
June 21, 2016Huffington PostMore Info
June 18, 2016Eye on the ArtsMore Info
June 16, 2016Center on the AisleMore Info
April 13, 2016Tulsa WorldMore Info
February 22, 2016Los Angeles TimesMore Info
February 1, 2016artsBHAMMore Info
November 9, 2015Art InterceptsMore Info
November 7, 2015Chicago TribuneMore Info
February 15, 2017Los Angeles TimesMore Info
December 23, 2016Kansas City StarMore Info
November 17, 2016Times ColonistMore Info
December 18, 2015Chicago Sun-TimesMore Info
December 10, 2015Chicago TribuneMore Info