MASTERCLASS w/ Jessica Lang Dance
Thursday October 27th, 12pm-1:30pm
Teacher: Laura Mead
Laura Mead grew up in Austin, TX and Berkeley, CA. She received a B.F.A. in Dance from The Juilliard School, where she performed works by Jessica Lang, Ronald K. Brown, Eliot Feld and Paul Taylor, among others. Mead 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, Morphoses, Post:Ballet, and Los Angeles Dance Project. She has helped to stage Lang’s work on various schools and companies. Mead has been a member of JLD since the full company’s debut in 2012.
Jessica Lang Dance made their Chicago debut November 6 th at the Harris Theater, which the Chicago Sun-Times called “Moving and masterful”. The company premiered Jessica’s newest work in collaboration with famed Architect, Steven Holl and commissioned by the Harris Theater, the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, The Joyce Theater, and The Society for the Performing Arts in Houston. Utilizing visually arresting sets and costumes, enabling three-
dimensional interactions with bodies and objects, Jessica evokes emotion and tangible sensation.
Jessica Lang Dance company members will be hosting a repertory class in which students will have the opportunity to be guided through a warm-up and to learn movement phrases featured in JLD’s upcoming performances.
photo by Todd Rosenberg
Jessica Lang Dance make their Canadian debut in Vancouver with a program of mixed repertoire that includes their latest work—Thousand Yard Stare. This piece for nine dancers, set to Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 15, Opus 132
at Vancouver Playhouse on October 28 & 29 2016 at 8pm.
Co-presented with DanceHouse