Jessica Lang

Since 1999, Jessica Lang has attained rare levels of success as a female choreographer continuously working with ballet companies across the U.S. and abroad. She is noted for her artfully crafted, emotionally engaging work and has been described for having 'established a reputation for concocting ingenious choreographic interactions between dancing bodies and the movements of striking set and costume pieces.' Lang has created more than 75 works on companies including Joffrey Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Ailey II, ABT II, Hubbard Street 2, and New York City Ballet's Choreographic Institute, among many others. Lang has received commissions from the Dallas Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum for its Works and Process series and TITAS for a new creation on San Francisco Ballet principal dancer Yuan Yuan Tan and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater guest artist Clifton Brown. Lang's work has also been performed by The Juilliard School, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, The Ailey/Fordham BFA Program, Purchase College, Southern Methodist University, Princeton University and University of Richmond, among others. For American Ballet Theatre, she is on the faculty of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, the ABT / NYU Steinhart Masters Program, as well as a teaching artist for their Make A Ballet program.

Lang has received numerous grants from organizations including the the NEA, the Choo San Goh Foundation, and the Jerome Robbins Foundation. She is the recipient of a 2010 Joyce Theater Residency, generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, helping her to launch her own company, Jessica Lang Dance. Since its inception in 2011, JLD performances have included The Joyce Theater's 9/11 commemoration event, NY City Center's Fall for Dance Festival, and New York's Fashion Week. This summer, JLD will make its full company debut during its weeklong engagement at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. Lang, a graduate of The Juilliard School, is a former member of Twyla Tharp's company, THARP!