Final Bow for Jessica Lang Dance at Annenberg Center Live, Nov 30-Dec 1

Jessica Lang Dance (JLD) and Selby Artists Management (SAM) announce today that after the incredible success of the last seven years, Jessica Lang Dance has decided to close on April 30, 2019, which is the end of its 19-city, 2018-19 season. Ms. Lang will continue her creative work as a choreographer, working with companies around the world.

JLD has experienced tremendous success with a repertoire of 25 dances choreographed by Artistic Director and Founder Jessica Lang. JLD has performed for audiences nationally and internationally in over 75 cities, 35 states, and 7 different countries and the creativity will continue through this season: Late in the Fall of 2018 JLD will perform a world premiere of another dance by Lang at the Zellerbach Theatre in Philadelphia.

Commenting on the closure, Lang stated: “It has been an honor and deeply rewarding for me to establish a company and to lead its phenomenal growth—in creativity, quality and rigorous touring—for the past seven years. I’m profoundly grateful to our dedicated dancers, board members, staff, donors, presenters, audiences and our agent, Margaret Selby and Selby Artists Mgmt., who made JLD a success.”

Bucks County native Jessica Lang is a superstar in the dance world. Her ballet-based yet contemporary-driven works are rich with stunning movement, compelling musicality and beautiful cinematic composition. The Annenberg Center program, composed of all Philadelphia premieres, includes the world premiere of Lang’s newest creation, us/we, and This Thing Called Love (2018), celebrating the music of Tony Bennett. The inspiration behind us/we is unity of the human population. Her collaborators on the work are visual artist José Parlá and designer Moriah Black. The music is as diverse as the inspiration of the ballet. The piece begins and ends with movements from composer David Lang’s work, the national anthems. The ballet also includes a soundscape of New York City street sounds as well as spoken word and pop/rock music.

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.

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. JLD’s 2018-19 season began with two exceptional residencies to develop new work at White Oak and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

The company has performed their repertoire of 25 unique works for audiences nationally and internationally in over 200 cities, 38 states, and 7 different countries. 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.

Jessica Lang Dance
Friday, November 30, 8 PM
Saturday, December 1, 2 PM
Saturday, December 1, 8 PM
Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

The program includes:

  • Solo Bach (2008)
  • Aria (excerpt) (2010)
  • glow (2017)
  • us/we (world premiere)
  • This Thing Called Love (2018) Celebrating the music of Tony Bennett

The November 30 performance will be followed by a post-show talk with Annenberg Center Executive and Artistic Director, Christopher A. Gruits

***Photo credit: Christopher Jones

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