Jessica Lang

Her Notes
Splendid Isolation III


Jessica Lang is a choreographer and the artistic director of Jessica Lang Dance. Lang, a recipient of a prestigious 2014 Bessie Award has created more than 90 works on companies worldwide since 1999 including Birmingham Royal Ballet (2013 Manchester Theatre Award nominee), the National Ballet of Japan and Joffrey Ballet, among many others. Additional commissions include new works for the Kennedy Center with the National Symphony Orchestra, The Harris Theater and the Chicago Architecture Biennial in collaboration with architect Steven Holl, the Dallas Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum for its Works and Process series. For opera, Lang made her directorial debut creating Pergolesi's Stabat Mater at the 2013 Glimmerglass Opera Festival. She was a 2015 New York City Center Fellow.

Her receipt of a Joyce Theater Artist Residency supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation helped launch her own company, Jessica Lang Dance (JLD) in 2011. JLD has been presented by major venues including The Kennedy Center, The Harris Theater, New York City Center, Northrop Auditorium, Winspear Opera House, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and BAM Fisher and will tour to more then 20 cities in the upcoming 2016-17 season. 

Lang’s work has also been performed by numerous educational institutions including The Juilliard School, SUNY Purchase, NYU Tisch School of the Arts and Southern Methodist University, among many others. She was a part of the founding faculty of American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School and a teaching artist for the Make-a-Ballet program.

Lang, a graduate of The Juilliard School under the direction of Benjamin Harkarvy, is a former member of Twyla Tharp's company, THARP!  She is currently a Fellow at NYU Center for Ballet and the Arts and her upcoming commissions include a world premiere on Pacific Northwest Ballet (July 2016), American Ballet Theatre (October 2016) and choreography for San Francisco Opera’s production of Aida, directed by Francesca Zambello (November 2016).

Lang has choreographed several works for the ABT Studio Company. The main Company previously performed her Splendid Isolation III in 2008. Her Notes is Lang’s first work for American Ballet Theatre.

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