Press Release: Celebrity Series Presents Jessica Lang Dance

January 27-28, 2017, 8pm — Boch Center Shubert Theatre

For Immediate Release
Contact: Stephanie Janes PR, (617) 419-0445, stephanie@stephaniejanespr.com

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(Boston) Celebrity Series of Boston will present Jessica Lang Dance January 27-28, 2017, at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre, 270 Tremont Street, Boston, MA. The performances will take place on Friday, January 27 at 7:30pm and Saturday, January 28 at 8pm. The Dance Series is sponsored by the Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, the Royal Little Family Foundation and the Cynthia and John S. Reed Foundation.

Tickets start at $65, and are available online at www.celebrityseries.org, by calling CelebrityCharge at (617) 482-6661 Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., or at the Shubert Theatre Box Office, 270 Tremont Street, Boston, MA.

This performance marks the Boston Debut of Jessica Lang Dance.

Founded in 2011, Jessica Lang Dance (JLD) is a New York City-based dance company dedicated to creating and performing the work of Jessica Lang, a former dancer with Twyla Tharp, who was hailed as a “master of visual composition” by Dance Magazine. The recipient of a 2014 Bessie Award, JLD seamlessly incorporates striking design elements and transforms classical ballet language into artfully crafted, emotionally engaging contemporary works.

Since the company’s inception, marked by Lang’s receipt of a Joyce Theater Artist Residency supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, JLD has made rapid success performing at renowned venues and festivals throughout the country including Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, New York City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Joyce Theater, the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Northrop Auditorium, and the Winspear Opera House, among others. The company’s performances have been named among the best dance events of the year by major publications in Dallas, Chicago and Boston. In 2014, JLD made its Kennedy Center debut with Scape, set to John Adams’ Violin Concerto and played live by violinist Leila Josefowicz with the National Symphony Orchestra.

In the summer of 2015, JLD performed a rare two-week run of The Wanderer at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, marking the company’s third Pillow season since its company debut at Festival 2012. In November 2015, JLD made its critically acclaimed Chicago debut with Tesseracts of Time, co-commissioned by the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial and the Society for the Performing Arts featuring a set by world-renowned architect Steven Holl. In the upcoming 2016-17 touring season, JLD will be presented by venues including the Dallas Winspear Opera House, Kauffman Center in Kansas City, the Meany Center in Seattle, and the Music Center in Los Angeles, with more to be announced.

Jessica Lang is a choreographer and the artistic director of JLD. Lang has created more than 90 works since 1999, including Birmingham Royal Ballet (2013 Manchester Theatre Award nominee), the National Ballet of Japan and Joffrey Ballet, among many others. Additional commissions include new 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. She was a 2015 New York City Center Fellow.

PROGRAM:

Solo Bach

Commissioned by Global Dance Theater – Japan

Premiered in 2008

Music: Johann Sebastian Bach

 

Sweet Silent Thought

Premiered in 2016

Music: Jakub Ciupinski

 

Thousand Yard Stare

Premiered in 2016

Music: Ludwig van Beethoven

Costume Design: Bradon McDonald

Lighting Design: Nicole Pearce

 

Intermission

 

The Calling

(excerpt from Splendid Isolation II)

Commissioned by Ailey II

Premiered in 2006

Music: Trio Mediaeval

Costume Design: Elena Comendador

Costume Concept: Jessica Lang

Lighting Design: Al Crawford

 

White

Premiered in 2011

Music: Edvard Grieg

Costume Design: Elena Comendador

Collaboration: with Shinichi Maruyama, Edited by Tetsushi Wakasugi

 

i.n.k.

Premiered in 2011

Music: Jakub Ciupinski (Commissioned Score)

Costume Design: Elena Comendador

Lighting Design: Nicole Pearce

Video Art: KUSHO by Shinichi Maruyama, Edited by Tetsushi Wakasugi and Jackson Notier

 

About Celebrity Series of Boston

Celebrity Series of Boston was founded in 1938 by pianist and impresario Aaron Richmond. Over the course of its 78-year history, Celebrity Series has presented an array of the world’s greatest performing artists, including Sergei Rachmaninoff, Arturo Toscanini, Ignace Paderewski, Artur Rubenstein, Vladimir Horowitz, Glenn Gould, Fritz Kreisler, Jascha Heifetz, Isaac Stern, Andrés Segovia, Kirsten Flagstad, Marian Anderson, Luciano Pavarotti, Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky, Martha Graham, Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Mstislav Rostropovich, and the New York City Opera Company.

The Celebrity Series has been bringing the very best performers–from orchestras and chamber ensembles, vocal and piano music, to dance companies, jazz, and more–to Boston’s major concert halls for 78 years. The Celebrity Series of Boston believes in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experiences, transform lives and build better communities. Through its education initiatives, the Celebrity Series seeks to build a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience–on stages, in schools, at home– everywhere.

The Celebrity Series of Boston, Inc. receives generous support from Amy & Joshua Boger, Leslie & Howard Appleby, the Boston Cultural Council, The Boston Foundation, the Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, Charlesbank Capital Partners LLC, the Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation, Deloitte LLP, Donna & Mike Egan, Foley & Lardner LLP, Gabor Garai & Susan Pravda, David & Harriet Griesinger, Zachary Haroutunian and the Garbis & Arminé Barsoumian Charitable Foundation, the Charles and Cerise Jacobs Charitable Foundation, Paul L. King, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Joseph McNay, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New England Foundation for the Arts, Eleanor & Frank Pao, The Peabody Foundation, PTC, the Cynthia and John S. Reed Foundation, the Royal Little Family Foundation, the Stifler Family Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Henri A. Termeer, Michael and Susan Thonis, Tufts Health Plan, Sanjay & Sangeeta Verma, Nancy Richmond Winsten, Anonymous, and many others.

 

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