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Dancing with a Tent-like Skirt Provides Challenges

photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR
Choreographer Jessica Lang and the Kansas City Ballet's Ballet Master James Jordan during a rehearsal of Splendid Isolation III.

Contemporary choreographer Jessica Lang's works have been described as passionate with almost tangible emotions in performance. Lang's pas de deux, or dance for two, called "Splendid Isolation III" is included in the Kansas City Ballet's fall program.

By Laura Spencer


Kansas City, MO – Some might argue there's a third character: a long white skirt. KCUR's Laura Spencer visited a rehearsal at the Ballet studios recently and provides this preview.

Kansas City Ballet Fall Performance
October 15-18, 2009
Lyric Theatre

Choreography: William Whitener
Music: Rodion Shchedrin after Georges Bizet
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"Frescoes (from The Little Humpbacked Horse)"
Choreography: Arthur Saint-L?on
Music: Cesare Pugni

"Le Corsaire Pas de Deux"
Choreography: Lev Ivanov
Music: Riccardo Drigo

"Splendid Isolation III"
Choreography: Jessica Lang
Music: Gustav Mahler

Choreographer Jessica Lang spent a month in Kansas City, creating a new work for the Kansas City Ballet to premiere in the spring and staging "Splendid Isolation III." Here, Lang describes the challenges of dancing in the tent-like skirt.

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