December 15, 2014, BY Kathryn Kopchik

The Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University will present modern dance ensemble Jessica Lang Dance on Saturday, Jan. 31, at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center.

The dance program will include Lines Cubed (2012), an excerpt from Aria (2010), Among the Stars (2010), The Calling (2006), an excerpt from Splendid Isolation II, and Scape (2014).

Lang will give a free lecture and demonstration Friday, Jan. 30, at noon in the Lobby of the Weis Center. Members of the public are invited to attend.

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. 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.

The Guardian says, "Lang was formerly a dancer with Twyla Tharp and, like Tharp, she has the gift of cramming together an eclectic range of colors and ideas without losing thought with her individual sensibility."

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 at major venues throughout the country.

In 2014, JLD received rave reviews for Scape, commissioned by the Kennedy Center and the National Symphony Orchestra to John Adams' Violin Concerto and played live by violinist Leila Josefowicz with the NSO.

In December 2014, JLD made its BAM debut as part of the 2014 Next Wave Festival with Lang's world premiere of The Wanderer, an evening-length work with live music to Schubert's song cycle Die schöne Müllerin.

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.

This tour engagement of Jessica Lang Dance is made possible by a grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment of the Arts.

Tickets for the performance are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors 62+, $10 for youth 18 and under, $10 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2), and $10 for non-Bucknell college students (limit 2).

Special code for youth taking dance classes or studying dance! $5 youth tickets, $10 for accompanying parent/guardian. Use promo code NYCDANCE online only — use the promo code at checkout — www.Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice

Tickets can be purchased online at www.bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or by calling the Campus Box Office at 570-577-1000.

For more information about this performance, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by email at lisa.leighton@bucknell.edu.

The next event in the Weis Center's 2014-15 Series is a contemporary ballet performance by BalletX on Friday, Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center. The Philadelphia-based company unites distinguished choreographers with an outstanding company of world-class dancers to forge new works of athleticism, emotion, and grace. Tickets for the performance are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors 62+, $10 for youth 18 and under, $10 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2), and $10 for non-Bucknell college students (limit 2).

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to www.bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or www.facebook.com/WeisCenter

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