American Ballet Theatre in rehearsal for Jessica Lang's Her Notes. Photo by Susie Morgan Taylor.
“I was always creative,” says Jessica Lang, the Bessie-winning choreographer whose work is shown by companies around the world. She’s been making dances for close to two decades, using a signature calling card of textured emotion and strong visuals to create the effect of shape painting sound. New York audiences will have the opportunity to witness this ethos in a world premiere, Her Notes, commissioned by American Ballet Theatre.
is set to and inspired by the
music of Fanny Mendelssohn, the lesser-known but the equally gifted sister of Felix
Discouraged against publishing her work due to the family’s high social
standing, Mendelssohn produced over four hundred compositions, many of them for
piano, the instrument in her home.
Lang says, “Fanny's most famous work, "Das Jahr" (The Year), is the focus of my ballet. The Year was written as she and her husband took a yearlong journey. At the end of each month, she wrote a musical reflection of their experience. The score, which is written on different colored pieces of paper, has a drawing and a poem by her husband inspired by the music.”
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