Splendid Isolation III
Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky, principals of American Ballet Theatre performing Splendid Isolation III
Photo by Sara Krulwich

Premiered in

2 (1 man, 1 woman)

10 minutes

Commissioned by
Golden Ballet Costar / NBA Ballet

Restaged on
Ballet San Jose (2012)
American Ballet Theatre (2008)
Kansas City Ballet (2009)
TITAS Gala (2011) for dancers Alicia Graff (former Principal of Dance Theater of Harlem and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater) and Jamar Roberts (Principal of Alvin Ailey Ame

“the clear audience favorite was choreographer Jessica Lang's unique and fascinating Splendid Isolation III”
- Michelle Phelan, BayDance, April 14, 2012
“...in freeze-frame and subtle lighting it makes a remarkable stage picture.”
“Performed by Alvin Ailey's graceful principal dancer Alicia Graf Mack and the powerful Jamar Roberts, it was a love story of a man who longed for a woman shielded by walls of isolation.”
“As the curtain went up for the last piece in the first act, the audience collectively gasped at the beautiful portrait...The genius of Jessica Lang's choreography is the symbolism of the train.”
“Lang's expressionistic movement vocabulary and ingenious use of the skirt are stunning...”
“It was an evocative metaphor for intimacy and a perfect platform for their intense emotional and physical range.”
- Stephanie Burridge, The Straits Times, Singapore, October 09, 2009
“Selected for 2008 Year in Pictures”
- The New York Times, December 29, 2008
“Olivier Theyskens [artistic director of French Fashion house Nina Ricci] still couldn't stop talking about That Dress [the luminous white gown worn by Irena Dvorovenko in Lang's Splendid Isolation III]. 'When the lights came up and I saw her there, I think I stopped breathing,' exclaimed Theyskens. 'That was, like, the most amazing thing I've ever seen.”
- Maya Singer, Style.com, May 23, 2008
“[Lang's] duet to Mahler's soaring Adagietto - was a perfect fit for Dvorovenko's high theatricality and Beloserkovsky's passionate physicality. Dvorovenko deftly manipulated a stunning, tent-like skirt, a symbol of both imprisonment and enshrinement.”
“Both principals from American Ballet Theater premiered a pas de deux by Jessica Lang, Splendid Isolation III, to standing ovations. The dance left the audience with a high ...”

Gustav Mahler

Costume Design
Elena Comendador

Costume Concept
Jessica Lang

Lighting Design
MK Stewart

Past Performances
August 4-5, 2007Tokyo, JapanMore Info
September 22-24, 2007Paris, FranceMore Info
November 4, 2007Cordoba, Veracruz, MexicoMore Info
November 5, 2007Coatazcoalos, Veracruz, MexicoMore Info
November 6, 2007Xalapa, MexicoMore Info
November 8, 2007Mexico City, MexicoMore Info
February 9-11, 2008Tokyo, JapanMore Info
February 20-22, 2008Tokyo, JapanMore Info
March 30, 2008Irvine, CAMore Info
April 5, 2008Dallas, TXMore Info
May 19, 2008New York, NYMore Info
October 24-November 5, 2008Berlin, GermanyMore Info
February 13, 2009New York, NYMore Info
February 22-26, 2009Berlin, GermanyMore Info
August 5, 2009Cortona, ItalyMore Info
October 3, 2009SingaporeMore Info
October 15-18, 2009Kansas City, MOMore Info
March 13, 2010Boca Raton, FLMore Info
March 30, 2010Abu Dhabi, UAEMore Info
April 1, 2011Abu Dhabi, UAEMore Info
April 23, 2011Dallas, TXMore Info
May 16, 2011New York, NYMore Info
February 14, 2012New York, NYMore Info
March 4, 2012London, EnglandMore Info
April 13-15, 2012San Jose, CAMore Info
April 30, 2012San Francisco, CAMore Info
March 15-24, 2013Kansas City, MOMore Info
January 4-5, 2014TaipeiMore Info
March 19, 2013KCMetropolis.orgMore Info
April 14, 2012BayDanceMore Info
March 4, 2012The Bristish Theatre GuideMore Info
April 26, 2011Dallas Dance ExaminerMore Info
April 25, 2011The Dallas Morning NewsMore Info
October 20, 2009KCMetropolis.orgMore Info
October 16, 2009Kansas City StarMore Info
May 23, 2008Style.comMore Info
March 31, 2008The Orange County RegisterMore Info
March 30, 2008Ballet Dance MagazineMore Info
December 29, 2008The New York TimesMore Info