Liz Gerring, Pam Tanowitz, and Michelle Dorrance, photographed by Matt Karas.
At City Center, what you see onstage is just the beginning. Behind the back wall of the theater is a hive of creative activity: nine stories of rehearsal rooms, offices, and dance studios that were inaugurated by Balanchine in the 1940s. You might find the likes of Twyla Tharp, Wendy Whelan, and Kyle Abraham rehearsing there on a given afternoon. This season, three acclaimed choreographers will take up residence, thanks to City Center’s Choreography Fellowship program: Liz Gerring, Pam Tanowitz, and Michelle Dorrance.
Choreographer Jessica Lang has embarked on spellbindingly elegant collaborations with architects, photographers, and musicians over the course of a career that led Dance Magazine to declare her “a master of visual composition.” Lang has created more than 85 works as a freelance choreographer since 1999; wondering “what it would be like to make dance on the same group of people,” she founded Jessica Lang Dance in 2011. The company has since performed at BAM, Jacob’s Pillow, the Kennedy Center, and the Joyce Theater. We caught up with the 2015 City Center Choreography Fellow by email.