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Ballet Guest Artist in Residence: Jessica Lang

Release date: May 13, 2009

Goucher College Dance Department

October 16-24, 2009

The Goucher College Dance Department welcomes Jessica Lang as a ballet guest artist in residence for the fall semester.  To critical acclaim Ms. Lang is known for her inventive vision, deep artistry and emotionally spellbinding choreography. Lang has created and restaged her work on companies including American Ballet Theatre, Colorado Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Washington Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Saint Louis Ballet, ABT II, Ailey II, Hubbard Street 2, Ballet de Monterey, and New York City Ballet's Choreographic Institute, among others. Her choreography has been performed throughout the U.S. and abroad including Japan, Germany, France, Mexico, and South Africa. She has also received unique commissions from the Dallas Museum of Art to create a new work for their Henri Matisse Exhibition as well as from The Juilliard School for its Centennial Celebration Concert. In 2008. Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts presented An Evening of Works by Jessica Lang performed by Richmond Ballet marking her triple bill premiere in NYC. Currently, ABT Principals Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky are performing her work Splendid Isolation III in ballet galas around the world including for ABT's opening night gala at the Metropolitan Opera House in 2008. Commercially, Ms. Lang has choreographed for BMW International Industrials as well as for Cirque du Soleil when she served as the evaluator for their NYC auditions. She has received numerous grants for her choreography including three NEA grants in sole support of new creations and a Choo-San Goh award.

Ms. Lang has taught and choreographed at universities and prestigious institutions including The Juilliard School, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, The Ailey School/Fordham BFA Program, Texas Christian University, Bucknell University, Princeton University, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts, Interlochen Arts Academy, Kaatsbaan International'sExtreme Ballet, Perry-Mansfield and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. She is on faculty at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre as well as for ABT's summer programs in NYC.

Jessica Lang is a graduate of The Juilliard School, under the direction of Benjamin Harkarvy. Upon graduation, she became a member of Twyla Tharp's company "THARP!" where she performed in major dance festivals around the world. She also worked with Ms. Tharp in her Diabelli Project that premiered in Palermo, Italy in 1998.

Upcoming commissions in 2009 include Joffrey Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, returns to Richmond Ballet and Cincinnati Ballet as well as residencies and commissions from Ailey/Fordham BFA Program, University of Richmond, Texas Christian University, Goucher College and a new work for the National Dance Foundation of Bermuda 2009 Gala.

Ms. Lang will be teaching ballet classes and setting a work on selected students for the Dancers in Action Fall Dance Concert.  Master classes are open to high-intermediate and advanced ballet dancers.

Call 410-337-6390 for class schedule

Class Fee: $20