La Belle Danse
Richmond Ballet performing La Belle Danse
Photo by Aaron Sutton

Premiered in
2007

Dancers
10 (5 men, 5 women)

Length
20 minutes

Commissioned by
Richmond Ballet

Foundation Support
Made possible by support from Dr. Richard E. Toscan and Ms. Sharon Walker.

Restaged on
The Ailey / BFA Program (2013)
Marymount Manhattan College (2012)
Point Park University (2012)
Richmond Ballet (2012)
Cincinnati Ballet (2009), (2012)
the JKO School at American Ballet Theatre, excerpts (2009)


“It's an extraordinary work; gracious, spirited and good-hearted.”
“Dynamic partnering, rapid-fire pirouettes and women leaping in rapid succession into their partner's arms matched the vibrancy of the classical music in a manner reminiscent of the high athleticism of Paul Taylor's 1975 masterpiece Esplanade...”
“The choreography is superb, with each dancer or couple having moments in which to shine amid beautifully structured ensemble passages.”
- Philip Gardner, Oberon's Grove, May 5, 2012
“A complete pleasure...Lang has created visual music.”
- Susan Howson, RVA News, March 26, 2012
“a lush and lovely piece”
“"La Belle Danse" began the evening with a well-plotted burst of joyous dancing”
- Jennifer Dunning, New York Times, March 04, 2008
“a new work by prolific young choreographer Jessica Lang”

Music
George Frideric Handel, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Arcangelo Corelli, Josquin des Prez

Set and Lighting Design
MK Stewart

Costume Design
Tamara Cobus

Past Performances
September 11- 16, 2007Richmond, VAMore Info
March 1, 2008Brooklyn, NYMore Info
April 16, 2008Charlotteville, VAMore Info
March 27-28, 2009Cincinnati, OHMore Info
April 5, 2009New York, NYMore Info
March 22 - April 1, 2012Richmond, VAMore Info
May 3-12, 2012More Info
August 17-18, 2012Akron, OHMore Info
September 6-16, 2012Cincinnati, OHMore Info
November 16 - December 2, 2012Pittsburgh, PAMore Info
November 12-13, 2013New York, NYMore Info
Reviews
September 9, 2012The Community Press and RecorderMore Info
August 19, 2012Akron Beacon JournalMore Info
May 5, 2012Oberon's GroveMore Info
March 26, 2012RVA NewsMore Info
March 24, 2012Richmond Times DispatchMore Info
March 28, 2009The Cincinnati EnquirerMore Info
March 04, 2008New York TimesMore Info
September 13, 2007Richmond Times DispatchMore Info
 
Articles
September, 2007Richmond Times DispatchMore Info