Jessica Lang is a choreographer and artistic director who can lay claim to an array of prestigious awards and accolades in the realm of dance. Her work has been featured prominently in ballet productions all over the country culminating in a Joyce Theater Artist Residency which proved to be a catalyst for the launch of her own company, Jessica Lang Dance (JLD) in 2011.
In one of their latest productions, noted as a poignant piece about the price of war by the Boston Globe, the JLD troupe employed dozens of pairs of shoes from LED Shoe Source in their piece.
One of a handful of choreographers to be producing work at the Ted Shawn Theater for the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Lang’s production is garnering acclaim. The festival, held at the Jacob’s Pillow dance center in Becket, Massachusetts is known for playing host to the oldest summer dance festival in the United States. With such a storied history, it should be no surprise that the facility was declared a National Historic Landmark District over a decade ago.
The overarching feel of the production is perhaps seen most prominently in its final piece. As described by Globe writer Janine Parker, the “Thousand Yard Stare” is “set to sublime adagio from Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 15, performed live, the rituals of war -- marching, crawling, trudging -- are rendered with abstract simplicity.”
All of that provides a bit of context to just how monumental all of this is and why we’re so happy to have been able to provide Lang with the LED shoes she required to make the “Glow” piece so emotional, touching and successful.
If you’re in New York you can catch Jessica Lang Dance at the 13th annual Fall For Dance Festival held at the New York City Center in Manhattan. Otherwise, the troupe will be finding its way to a city near you.