Jessica Lang Dance
February 28–March 2, 2019 | 7:30pm
The Blue Shield of California Theater at YBCAVenue Information
Lyric Pieces, The Calling, 1000 Yard Stare, and This Thing Called Love (West Coast Premiere)
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About This Performance
San Francisco Performances introduces choreographer Jessica Lang and her company, with three pieces and the Bay Area premiere of This Thing Called Love, set to music performed by Tony Bennett, in a very musical program that includes live performances of Grieg and Beethoven, with a pianist and a string quartet.
Jessica Lang is Artistic Director of Jessica Lang Dance. Lang leads the creative vision of the organization which has garnered remarkable acclaim since the company’s founding in 2011. Under her artistic leadership, the company now offers more than 50 performances annually at some of the world’s most prestigious performing arts centers. Noted for her dedication to educational activities, Lang developed a unique curriculum for JLD called LANGuage, which is offered as part of the company’s programming on tour and locally in New York City, focusing on the Queens community.
As one of the most celebrated choreographers of her generation, Lang choreographs and teaches throughout the world. She has created original works for companies including American Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, the National Ballet of Japan, and Joffrey, among many others. Lang has also worked in opera on the production Aida, directed by Francesca Zambello, for San Francisco Opera and Washington National Opera. She is the recipient of a 2014 Bessie Award and the 2017 Arison Award.
Lang grew up in Bucks County, PA and has a diverse dance training background. She is a graduate of the Juilliard School under the direction of Benjamin Harkarvy and a former member of Twyla Tharp's company THARP!