Tesseracts of Time: Jessica Lang Dance + Steven Holl

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Event Description

The Harris Theater for Music and Dance is proud to present the world premiere of Tesseracts of Time; a brand new collaboration between renowned choreographer Jessica Lang and celebrated architect Steven Holl, performed by Jessica Lang Dance and commissioned by the Chicago Architecture Biennial. After being called a “can’t miss” performance by the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Magazine, and many other publications, this is a premier highlight of the Fall dance season, arriving at the Harris on Friday, November 6 at 8PM.

Tesseracts of Time relates to the four types of architecture: Under, In, On, and Over. Tesseracts of Time demonstrates
how the two worlds of architecture and dance merge with respect to time; architecture is one of the arts’ longest in
duration, while the realization of a dance piece can be a quick process where the work disappears as the performance of
it unfolds. In this work, one can imagine the four stages like the four seasons which are compressed into just twenty
minutes. This compressed ratio would render an average human life as four years.

"The body moving through space in time is a central experience of both architecture and dance,” said Steven Holl. “To
collaborate on a ‘Dance for Architecture’ with Jessica Lang is an inspiring chance to experiment with the merging of the
two arts, focusing on time, form, light, and movement."
“Collaboration is an essential part of making great art,” said Jessica Lang. “Having the opportunity to work intensely with
architect Steven Holl on Tesseracts of Time has been a valuable process that will inform my work well beyond the
creation of this piece. Together, we have pushed the boundaries of dance and architecture and the result will awaken
the human imagination.”

Jessica Lang has been hailed as “a master of visual composition” by Dance Magazine and is known for her striking design
elements, and emotionally engaging contemporary works. Lang is a New York City Center Fellow for 2015 and the
recipient of the prestigious 2014 Bessie Award. Her company, Jessica Lang Dance, was created through Lang’s receipt of
a Joyce Theater Artist Residency and has made rapid success performing at renowned venues and festivals around the
country including Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, New York City Center's
Fall for Dance Festival, the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, the Joyce Theater and the Winspear Opera House in Dallas, TX.

Considered one of America's most important architects, Steven Holl is recognized for his ability to blend space and light
with great contextual sensitivity and to utilize the unique qualities of each project to create a concept-driven design. He
specializes in seamlessly integrating new projects into contexts with particular cultural and historic importance. Holl has
been honored with Japan’s Praemium Imperiale (2014), the AIA Gold Medal (2012), Royal Institute of British Architects
Fellowship (2002) and the Grand Medaille d’Or (2001) among many other awards and is a tenured Professor at Columbia
University's Graduate School of Architecture and Planning. Steven Holl Architects have realized cultural, civic, university,
and residential projects in the U.S. and around the world, most recently the Reid Building at The Glasgow School of Art in
Glasgow, United Kingdom (2014), and currently the Expansion Project for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing
Arts, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the new wing for the Mumbai City Museum.

“Seeing the creative process behind Tesseracts of Time and working with Jessica and Steven, and the Chicago
Architecture Biennial, to bring it to life has been an especially rewarding mission,” said Harris Theater President and
Managing Director Michael Tiknis. “The natural collaboration between these two visionaries was magic, and the work is
so rich as a result. Presenting the world premiere of Tesseracts of Time will be the Harris’ distinct honor. With the Joyce
Theater Foundation and Houston Society for the Performing Arts as co-commissioners alongside the Harris, this
collaboration will continue to make its mark across the country.”

Dance Styles
Modern / Contemporary


Harris Theater for Music and Dance

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