Jessica Lang To Perform at The Music Center, 2/17-19

Jessica Lang To Perform at The Music Center, 2/17-19

The Music Center continues its 2016-2017 season of Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center with performances by Jessica Lang Dance (February 17-19, 2017) at The Music Center's Ahmanson Theatre, including the West Coast premiere of Tesseracts of Time, created in collaboration with world renowned architect Steven Holl. The three-day engagement also includes Thousand Yard Stare, a new work created by choreographer Jessica Lang in 2015, audience favorite, Droplet, and Lang's iconic gem, The Calling. The program highlights Lang's keen ability to create emotionally accessible work using modern themes. From incorporating architecture, shapes and patterns into her work, to developing pieces based on veterans' battle experiences, Lang offers a fresh perspective on contemporary dance for the 21st century.


Inspired by music, poetry, architecture and the physical connection between two individuals, Lang is described as a visual artist whose medium is dance. Her work often blends contemporary dance and ballet to present striking visual images and express an emotional experience through movement. In Tesseracts of Time, Lang collaborated with Holl to develop a piece that fuses choreography with architecture. Thousand Yard Stare sheds light on the theme of war and those who have been affected by it, while Droplet, an intimate excerpt from i.n.k., crosses genres by incorporating mixed media and connecting dancers and video through dramatic, highly fluid interaction. Finally, The Calling stuns audiences with its delicate grace and impactful beauty.


"Jessica Lang Dance brings a level of passion and creativity to the Ahmanson stage that will inspire Angelenos to explore emotions and complicated themes expressed by her dancers through simple movement," said Rachel Moore, president and CEO of The Music Center. "The Music Center is thrilled to present such an evocative choreographer who shapes dance into an approachable and meaningful experience for aficionados, as well as those who may be experiencing a dance performance for the first time."

"The Music Center is challenging the preconceived notions of classical ballet and exploring the realm of contemporary expression with its 2016-2017 dance season," said Michael Solomon, vice president, presentations and education. "Jessica Lang Dance provides the balance between traditional and modern forms of expression, and does so in a beautiful and meaningful way that appeals to audiences both visually and viscerally."

Project Runway Season 12 finalist and Lang's fellow Julliard classmate, Bradon McDonald designed costumes for both Tesseracts of Time and Thousand Yard Stare. McDonald and Lang worked together to create costumes inspired by the choreography and subject matter of each dance. Tesseracts of Time pushed McDonald to reimagine the shapes of traditional clothing so that, much like a tesseract, the items look simple at first glance, but become much more complicated and fluid once the dancers start moving. For Thousand Yard Stare, McDonald incorporated sketches collected from a veterans' art therapy class into the fabric of the androgynous fatigues worn by each dancer. His goal was to create a uniform presence, much like a military troop, for the dancers from the front, while but revealing veterans' individual perspectives from the back of the costume.

The Calling
Choreography: Jessica Lang
Music: Trio Mediaeval
Lighting Design: Nicole Pearce
Costume Design: Jessica Lang

The Droplet
Choreography: Jessica Lang
Music: Jakub Ciupinski (Commissioned Score)
Lighting Design: Nicole Pearce

Thousand Yard Stare
Choreography: Jessica Lang
Music: Ludwig van Beethoven
Lighting Design: Nicole Pearce
Costume Design: Bradon McDonald