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Jessica Lang


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Jessica Lang is an American choreographer originally from Bucks County, PA. She is a graduate of the Juilliard School under the direction of Benjamin Harkarvy and a former member of Twyla Tharp’s company, THARP!

Since 1999, Lang has created more than 100 works on companies worldwide including American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet (2013 Manchester Theatre Award nominee), the National Ballet of Japan and Joffrey Ballet. A recipient of the prestigious 2014 Bessie Award and 2017 Arison Award, Lang’s additional commissions include 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. In 2016, she choreographed San Francisco Opera’s production of Aida, directed by Francesca Zambello, which was presented at Washington National Opera and Seattle Opera in the 2017/18 season. She was a 2015 New York City Center Fellow and a 2016 Fellow at the NYU Center for Ballet and the Arts.

Jessica Lang is also Artistic Director of Jessica Lang Dance. Founded in 2011, the company has performed for audiences in over 75 cities presented by major venues including Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, LA Music Center, The Kennedy Center, The Harris Theater, New York City Center, Northrop Auditorium, Winspear Opera House, Tel Aviv Opera House, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, BAM Fisher and Helikon Opera.

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. She was a part of the founding faculty of the American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School and a teaching artist for the Make a Ballet program.