Society For The Performing Arts Magazine — Fall Vol. 1: 2013-14
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Jessica Lang Dance

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Lines Cubed
Choreography: Jessica Lang
Music: John Metcalfe, Thomas Metcalf
Set Design: molo designers Stephanie Forsythe and
Todd MacAllen in collaboration with Jessica Lang
Costumes: Lisa Choules
Lighting: Nicole Pearce

Clifton Brown, Todd Burnsed, Julie Fiorenza, Sarah Haarmann, Kirk Henning, Kana Kimura, Claudia MacPherson, Laura Mead, Milan Misko


Kana Kimura with Clifton Brown, Todd Burnsed, Kirk Henning, Milan Misko

Julie Fiorenza, Sarah Haarmann, Laura Mead

Claudia MacPherson and Milan Misko
Julie Fiorenza and Clifton Brown
Laura Mead and Kirk Henning


Molo: softblocks + softwalls. Parkstone, Constant Filter by John Metcalfe. © 2008 St. Rose Music Publishing Co., Inc. o/b/o Manners McDade and McCleary Music Ltd. Used by Permission. A, B, E, F from album ‘ONE’ by Thomas Metcalf available online at Costumes:

Mendelssohn / Incomplete
Choreography: Jessica Lang
Music: Felix Mendelssohn
Costumes: Elena Comendador
Lighting: Nicole Pearce

Todd Burnsed, Julie Fiorenza, Sarah Haarmann, Kirk Henning, Claudia MacPherson, Milan Misko
This work was created during Lang’s Joyce Theater Residency with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Among the Stars
Choreography: Jessica Lang
Music: Ryuichi Sakamoto
Costumes: Elena Comendador
Lighting: Nicole Pearce

Laura Mead and Clifton Brown

Commissioned by TITAS with support from the Strelizia Foundation. Premiered in 2010. SNOWY VILLAGE & THE GIRL Written by Ryuichi Sakamoto (ASCAP) ©2007 KAB America Inc. (ASCAP) All Rights Administered by Sony/ATV Tunes LLC (ASCAP) 8 Music Sq.W., Nashville, TN. 37203 All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission.

The Calling (excerpt from Splendid Isolation II)
Choreography: Jessica Lang
Music: Trio Mediaeval
Costume Concept: Jessica Lang
Costumes: Elena Comendador
Original Lighting: Al Crawford, Recreated by Nicole Pearce

Kana Kimura
Commissioned by Ailey II.
“O Maria, stella maris” Performed by Trio Mediaeval (p) ECM Records 2005. Used by arrangement with ECM Records, Munich.

A Dance on Film
Choreography and Direction: Jessica Lang
Director of Photography: Shinichi Maruyama
Editor and Compositor: Tetsushi Wakasugi
Music: Edward Grieg
Costumes: Elena Comendador

Julie Fiorenza, Kana Kimura, David Leventhal, Hanan Misko, Kanji Segawa, Andrea Weber

This work was created during Lang’s Joyce Theater Residency with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Choreography: Jessica Lang
Video Editor/Compositor: Tetsushi Wakasugi and Jackson Notier
Original Score: Jakub Ciupinski
Costumes: Elena Comendador
Lighting: Nicole Pearce

Video Art KUSHO: Shinichi Maruyama

Clifton Brown, Julie Fiorenza, Sarah Haarmann, Kirk Henning, Kana Kimura, Claudia MacPherson, Milan Misko

Inspired by the work of Shinichi Maruyama, i.n.k. was created during Lang’s Joyce Theater Residency with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The third movement of this piece was originally created for The New York Choreographic Institute’s 10th Anniversary Celebration in November 2010 and redeveloped with permission. Additional funding for i.n.k. was provided by The Rockefeller Brothers Fund through a DRA Major Sponsorship.

Production Manager/Lighting Supervisor Nicole Pearce
Stage/Company Manager James Latzel
Rehearsal Director Clifton Brown
Director of Administration Julie Fiorenza
Publicity and Social Media Manager Todd Burnsed
Graphic Designer Jim Lang
Photographers Todd Burnsed, Milan Misko, Takao Komaru
Website Allan Hatta

Dancewear and dance shoes courtesy of Gayle Miller & Capezio NYC.

JLD would like to thank its Board of Directors and generous donors who made our 2013 season possible.

Tour Booking: Margaret Selby - President, CAMI Spectrum,, 212.841.9554

The taking of flash photographs and the use of recording devices is prohibited.

Please turn off all cell phones and pagers.


Founded in 2011, Jessica Lang Dance (JLD) is a New York City-based dance company dedicated to creating and performing the work of Jessica Lang. JLD enriches and inspires global audiences by immersing them in the beauty of movement and music. Hailed as “a master of visual composition” by Dance Magazine, Lang seamlessly incorporates striking design elements and transforms classical ballet language into artfully crafted, emotionally engaging contemporary works. Since the company’s inception, marked by Lang’s receipt of a Joyce Theater Residency supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, JLD has garnered significant attention and acclaim, thrilling audiences and selling out major venues throughout the country including two consecutive seasons at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and a New York City debut at the Joyce Theater in 2013. JLD has received numerous grants and funding from organizations including the Jerome Robbins Foundation, the O’Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Japan Foundation New York and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. In 2014, JLD will premiere a new work by Lang commissioned by the Kennedy Center and accompanied live by the National Symphony Orchestra. For more information on the company, visit

JESSICA LANG (Artistic Director) has attained rare levels of success as a female choreographer continuously working with ballet companies across the United States and abroad since 1999. Described as having “established a reputation for concocting ingenious choreographic interactions between dancing bodies and the movements of striking set and costume pieces” (Kansas City Star), Lang has created more than 80 works on numerous companies including Birmingham Royal Ballet and The Joffrey Ballet. American Ballet Theatre presented her work at the Metropolitan Opera House in 2008 and 2011 while her ballet Lyric Pieces, commissioned and performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet earned a nomination for a coveted 2013 Manchester Theatre Award in the UK. She has received commissions from the Dallas Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum for Works and Process. Lang’s work has been performed by numerous educational institutions throughout the country. She is on faculty of American Ballet Theatre’s JKO School as well as a teaching artist for the Make A Ballet program. Lang recently directed and choreographed Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater at the Glimmerglass Opera Festival. Upcoming commissions include new works for The National Ballet of Japan, and the Kennedy Center for JLD. Lang, a graduate of The Juilliard School under Benjamin Harkarvy, is a former member of Twyla Tharp’s company, THARP!

CLIFTON BROWN (Dancer) has danced with Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. He has restaged the work of Earl Mosley and Alvin Ailey. As a guest he performed with Nevada Ballet, Miami City Ballet and Rome Opera Ballet. He was nominated for a Critics Circle National Dance Award (UK) for best male dancer, received a Black Theater Arts Award and a NY Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award. Brown assisted Lang in her creations for Birmingham Royal Ballet and Glimmerglass and is a founding member of JLD.

TODD BURNSED (Dancer) received a B.F.A. from The Juilliard School. He has toured extensively with Moses Pendleton’s MOMIX and Twyla Tharp’s Movin’ Out. Burnsed was in the original Broadway cast of Tharp’s Come Fly Away and her Las Vegas production, Sinatra: Dance With Me. He has performed works by Paul Taylor, Hans Van Manen, Igal Perry, Kevin Wynn, Daniel Ezralow, Sonya Tayeh, Doug Varone, The Next Stage Project and Mark Stuart Dance Theater. He appeared in The Metropolitan Opera’s productions of Parsifal and Les Troyens. Burnsed joined JLD in 2012.

JULIE FIORENZA (Dancer) earned a B.F.A. from The Ailey School/Fordham University and has performed as a member of Ailey II, Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company and Adams Company Dance. Fiorenza has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera in Turandot and Mark Morris’ Orfeo ed Euridice. She has also performed with the Mark Morris Dance Group in Romeo & Juliet: On Motifs of Shakespeare, The Hard Nut and L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato. Fiorenza is a founding member of JLD.

SARAH HAARMANN (Dancer) earned a B. F.A. from Marymount Manhattan College where she performed works by Benoit-Swan Pouffer, Jessica Lang, Lar Lubovitch, Larry Keigwin, Shen Wei and Pam Tanowitz, with whom she also currently dances. Haarmann was selected to participate in the Cunningham repertory workshops sponsored by the Merce Cunningham Trust. She joined JLD in 2013.

KIRK HENNING (Dancer) was a member of Dayton Ballet, Richmond Ballet and currently dances with Suzanne Farrell Ballet. Henning has performed works including Lang’s Lines Squared and To Familiar Spaces in Dream, as well as lead roles in Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Hamlet, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, Romeo and Juliet and Apollo. He received the Josie Award for most outstanding performer and the Movado Future Legend’s Award. Henning is a founding member of JLD.

KANA KIMURA (Dancer) graduated from The Juilliard School and danced with Wally Cardona Quartet, performing at BAM’s Next Wave Festival, Dance Theater Workshop and The International Festival of Arts and Ideas at Yale University. She appeared in Nixon in China at The Metropolitan Opera choreographed by Mark Morris, an installation work with Brooke Broussard in Shanghai and with J-Collabo in NYC. Kimura is a founding member of JLD.

CLAUDIA MACPHERSON (Dancer) received a B.F.A. from The Ailey School/ Fordham University. She has worked with Eva Dean Dance, Kevin Wynn Collection, Tattooed Ballerinas, SuriCo and collaborated with soprano, Noemi Lugo. She has performed with Mark Morris Dance Group in The Hard Nut, Romeo & Juliet: On Motifs of Shakespeare and L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato and in Mr. Morris’ production of Orfeo ed Euridice at the Metropolitan Opera. MacPherson has restaged Lang’s work on several universities and assisted Lang at Glimmerglass. She is a founding member of JLD.

LAURA MEAD (Dancer) received a B.F.A. from The Juilliard School. She originated the principal role of Betsy in Twyla Tharp’s Broadway musical Come Fly Away, for which she received an Astaire Award nomination. Mead served as Dance Captain on a national tour of Tharp’s Movin’ Out. She has also performed with American Repertory Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera and Morphoses. Mead joined JLD in 2012.

MILAN MISKO (Dancer) holds a B.F.A. from the Purchase College Conservatory of Dance. He has worked with Kansas City Ballet, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Merce Cunningham Dance Company RUG, Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theater, Adams Company Dance and Setsuko Kawaguchi Ballet. He has choreographed for Take Dance, Bucknell University, and directed his first short dance film, Transportation, which was selected for Lincoln Center’s Dance on Camera Festival 2013. Misko joined JLD in 2012.

JAKUB CIUPINSKI (Composer), a Polish composer living in New York City, has collaborated with Lang on her works i.n.k. and Within the Space I Hold for JLD, Eighty One for Ballet San Jose and Droplet for The NY Choreographic Institute. His concert music has been commissioned by the Metropolis Ensemble, The New Juilliard Ensemble and violinists Anne Akiko-Meyers and Philippe Quint, among others. His works have been performed at prestigious venues such as Tonhalle in Zurich and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Ciupinski studied composition at The Juilliard School, the Cracow Academy of Music and the Birmingham Conservatoire.

SHINICHI MARUYAMA (Visual Artist), born in Japan, studied at Chiba University and was a member of Hakuhodo Photo Creative, as well as a freelance photographer from 1992 to 1998. In 2003 Shinichi Maruyama moved to New York City and created his Kusho series, exhibited at Bruce Silverstein Gallery in 2009. His most recent series, Gardens was also on exhibit there in 2011. The Peabody Essex Museum in Boston displayed Maruyama’s work from 2011 to 2012. Maruyama has collaborated with JLD for i.n.k. and White and with Lang for his print and video series entitled NUDE.

NICOLE PEARCE (Lighting Design) has worked with Lang for Lyric Pieces (Birmingham Royal Ballet) and Crossed (The Joffrey Ballet), in addition to her designs for JLD. She has also worked with Mark Morris, Aszure Barton, Robert Battle, Larry Keigwin, Andrea Miller and Alex Ekman, and companies including The Joffrey Ballet, Ballet Memphis, Boston Ballet, Introdans, Mark Morris Dance Group, Hubbard Street Dance Company, Philadanco and Nederlands Dance Theater.

MOLO (Set Design), based in Vancouver, Canada, is a design studio led by Stephanie Forsythe and Todd MacAllen. Dedicated to an exploration of sensory experience in space making combined with experiments in manufacturing, materials and structure, molo works within the overlapping realms of art, architecture and design. Recognized for poetic beauty and pragmatic innovation, Forsythe + MacAllen’s products and buildings have received numerous international awards and have been acquired into museum collections worldwide including MoMA, New York.