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Beauty in Movement: Jessica Lang Dance to Perform in Shannon Hall

Press Release

For immediate release

Contact: Esty Dinur, edinur@wisc.edu, (608) 262-3907 


Expect a night of wonder and movement as the Wisconsin Union Theater welcomes to the stage theJessica Lang Dance Company on Saturday, March 17th at 8pm. Pricing is as follows: General Public: $48/$44/$25, UW-Madison Student: $10, Union Member/Non UW Student: $44/$40/$25, UW Faculty/Staff: $46/$42/$25 and Youth: $20.

Jessica Lang Dance is a New York City-based dance company that captures and enrapts international audiences through the beauty of movement and music. Founded in 2011, the company has performed at the Lincoln Center's White Light Festival, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival, New York City Center's Fall for Dance Festival, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center, among others.

The program includes Thousand Yard Stare, a dance about war, soldiers and PTSD. It was created after numerous discussions with veterans and with therapists and psychiatrists who specialize in PTSD. According to Jessica Lang, veterans who have seen the piece have been moved and touched by its authenticity.

Artistic Director Lang is an icon in herself. Originally from Bucks County, PA, Lang has transcended into international fame as an innovative and inspiring choreographer. She has choreographed works for companies like American Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, the National Ballet of Japan, and Joffrey, and many more.

“To describe Lang's production as superlative is an understatement…the mood that settled throughout the auditorium was one of tenderness, an acceptance that one's grief is a source of healing, that catharsis yields a new path in life”- Barnett Serchuk, BroadwayWorld.com


The performance is presented by the Wisconsin Union Theater’s Performing Arts Committee. It was supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support was provided by the H. Douglas and Elizabeth Weaver Fund for the Performing Arts and the Wisconsin Union Theater Endowment Fund.