The Presenting Series maintains its reputation as a leading source of contemporary dance with performances by Jessica Lang Dance in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center’s Patricia George Decio Theatre. The presentations take place on Friday, January 26 and Saturday, January 27 at 7:30 p.m. and are made possible by the Robert M. and Ricki Conway Dance Series.
The New York-based choreographer Jessica Lang awes audiences by immersing them in the beauty of movement and music. A prolific choreographer, she creates dazzling works for her own dancers as well as the world’s most celebrated companies including American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and National Opera. The company’s South Bend debut includes Lang’s masterpiece, Thousand Yard Stare, which the Chicago Tribune called “a remarkable evocation, minimal yet profound, of soldiers in formation and at war. Moving and masterful.” Stabat Mater, which includes Notre Dame Ritornello Orchestra and vocalists from the Sacred Music Program at Notre Dame, and The Calling complete the program.
Lang made her opera directorial debut creating Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater at the 2013 Glimmerglass Opera Festival, which was performed by her company as part of Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival in 2017. In 2016 she choreographed San Francisco Opera’s production of Aida, directed by Francesca Zambello which is part of Washington National Opera and Seattle Opera’s 2017–2018 season’s. Her accolades include the prestigious 2017 Arison Award, 2014 Bessie Award, a 2016 Fellowship at NYU Center for Ballet and the Arts, and a 2015 New York City Center Fellowship.
Her receipt of a Joyce Theater Artist Residency supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation helped launch her own company, Jessica Lang Dance (JLD) in 2011. JLD has been presented by major venues including The Kennedy Center, The Harris Theater, New York City Center, Northrop Auditorium, Winspear Opera House, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and BAM Fisher and has toured in over 70 cities around the world.
Lang, a graduate of The Juilliard School under the direction of Benjamin Harkarvy, is a former member of Twyla Tharp’s company, THARP!
STABAT MATER (THE MOTHER STOOD)
The Stabat Mater, which words translate from their Latin to mean “the mother stood,” descends to us today from a 13th-century poem of Italian provenance. Under likely Franciscan auspices it soon spread as a liturgical hymn that celebrates Jesus’ mother, Mary, as Our Lady of Sorrows, a title that had begun to gain popularity in the preceding century. Read More