Jessica Lang is an American choreographer originally from Bucks County, PA. She is a graduate of the Juilliard School under the direction of Benjamin Harkarvy and a former member of Twyla Tharp's company, THARP!
Since 1999, Lang has created more than 95 works on companies worldwide including American Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet (2013 Manchester Theatre Award nominee), the National Ballet of Japan and Joffrey Ballet, among many others. A recipient of the prestigious 2014 Bessie Award and 2017 Arison Award, Lang's 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. In 2016, she choreographed San Francisco Opera's production of Aida, directed by Francesca Zambello which appeared at Washington National Opera and will be a part of Seattle Opera in the 2017/18 season. She was a 2015 New York City Center Fellow and a 2016 Fellow at the NYU Center for Ballet and the Arts.
Lang’s work has also been performed by numerous educational institutions including The Juilliard School, SUNY Purchase, NYU Tisch School of the Arts and Southern Methodist University, among many others. She was a part of the founding faculty of American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School and is a teaching artist for the Make-a-Ballet program.
In 2011, Lang received a Joyce Theater Artist Residency supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation which provided the launch of the organization Jessica Lang Dance (JLD). JLD's mission to present and perform dance works around the world immerses audiences everywhere in the beauty of movement and music. The company has been presented in major venues including Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, The Kennedy Center, New York City Center, The Harris Theater, The Music Center, Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center, Winspear Opera House, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, BAM Fisher, and Helikon Opera, among others. JLD offers a unique educational program called LANGuage that intrigues and inspires the imaginations of all ages and populations - dancers and non-dancers alike - cultivating creative thinking and enriching each community it visits. For more information on this organization visit jessicalangdance.com.