[PhiladelphiaDANCE.org Listserv] Jessica Lang Dance performs April 5-9

Anne-Marie Mulgrew AnneMarie at danceaffiliates.org
Wed Mar 22 17:53:26 EDT 2017

Jessica Lang Dance (JLD) returns with Philadelphia premieres and repertory favorites including its masterwork, The Calling, performed by guest artist /Alvin Ailey dancer Kanji Segawa, Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street, April 5-9. The program is choreographed by artistic director, Bessie Award winner and Philly native Jessica Lang.

Performances take place Wednesday, April 5 at 7:30pm; Thursday, April 6 at 7:30pm; Friday, April 7 at 8:00pm; Saturday, April 8 at 2:00pm and 8:00 pm; and Sunday, April 9 at 3:00pm. Tickets are $20-$60 and can be purchased in person at the Prince Theater box office, by phone 215-422-4580 or online at http://princetheater.org/next-move. $10<http://princetheater.org/next-move.%20There%20are%20$10> Student Rush tickets and $20 Industry tickets are available one prior to the performance at the box office.

Solo Bach (2008) kicks off the program followed by Among the Stars (2010), a romantic balletic duet about a couple who meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar cycle to Ryuichi Sakamoto's ethereal music.

Thousand Yard Stare (2015), a powerful full-ensemble work, is a tribute to war veterans. Set to Beethoven's "String Quartet no. 15," the title refers to the blank gaze of soldiers going into battle. The work features dancers in camouflage costumes designed by Project Runway finalist Bradon McDonald. Inspired by Lang's work with military veterans, Lang's choreography incorporates basic-training maneuvers, drills, foot stomping, parades and geometric staging.  Soldiers' drawings were also integrated into the costumes.

Alternating performances are two works Sweet Silent Thought (2016) and Her Road (2017). Inspired by Shakespeare's sonnets. Sweet Silent Thought, so named from the first line of sonnet 30, is a quartet celebrating the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare's death.  Her Road 2017 is inspired by the life of and work of American painter Georgia O'Keeffe's "Road Series."  Set to music by Beethoven, Her Road features four women in white dresses dyed sky blue at the bottom connected to a blue-colored fabric that stretches from the floor to the stage wing designed by Jessica and Jim Lang.

The program also includes Lang's The Calling (excerpt from Splendid Isolation II) (2006) to music by Trio Mediaeval featuring a solo dancer in a 12-foot-wide flowing white dress.

In addition to the six performances, the company will conduct outreach activities. These include a Student Discovery Matinee, Friday, April 7 at 10:30am, a master class, Friday April 7 at 1pm, and post-performance chats after the Thursday 7:30pm and Saturday 2pm performances. There will also be a special post-performance chat after the Friday 8pm performance with Philadelphia Museum of Art's Jessica T. Smith The Susan Gray Detweiler Curator of American Art, and Manager, Center for American Art and Jessica Lang moderated by Randy Swartz, Artistic Director of NextMove Dance.

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