Founded in 2011, Jessica Lang Dance (JLD) is a New York City based dance company whose mission is to present and perform dance works around the world that immerse global audiences in the beauty of movement and music.
JLD's diverse repertoire demonstrates a commitment to artistic collaboration and a style that resists categorical definition. The company has performed at premier venues and festivals worldwide including Lincoln Center's White Light Festival, 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, The Music Center, Winspear Opera House, Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center, Helikon Opera and Palacio de Bellas Artes, among others.
In the upcoming 2017-18 touring season, JLD will be presented by venues including The Joyce Theater, Artis-Naples, UMASS Amherst, Carpenter Performing Arts Center, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, White Bird, and SUNY Purchase, among others. In May 2018, JLD will premiere a new work celebrating the music and artistry of legendary singer Tony Bennett.
JLD is committed to engaging and empowering minds of all ages and populations with its Education and Outreach programming. Its unique curriculum called LANGuage emphasizes creative thinking and serves a wide variety of communities in addition to dance students and pre-professionals, including under-served children, special education youth, senior citizens, and veterans.
JLD has received numerous grants and funding from organizations including The New York Community Trust, Howard Gilman Foundation, Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, The SHS Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, the Jerome Robbins Foundation, the Irving Harris Foundation, the O'Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Harkness Foundation for Dance, Dance/NYC and the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.