, at Glimmerglass,” recalls Christensen. Recognizing something extraordinary, Christensen invited Jessica Lang Dance to Houston. Saturday marks SPA’s second visit by the company, this time with an interesting Houston twist: Tesseracts of Time
, which makes its Texas premiere, is a dance for architecture, co-commissioned by SPA, with massive sets designed by Steven Holl Architects. (In his spare time, Holl is busy putting his stamp on the MFAH’s campus expansion.) Christensen tells us that Holl will also discuss his collaboration at 7 p.m. May 19 at MFAH ($5 to $10).
8 p.m. Saturday. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas. For information, call 713-227-4772 or visit spahouston.org
. $43 to $103.
Jessica Lang Dance, founded only a few years ago in 2011, has quickly become one of the nation’s preeminent companies, enriching and inspiring global audiences with immersive performances flush with the beauty of movement and music. Their newest work, Tesseracts of Time, merges together the art forms of architecture and dance. This “dance for architecture” –commissioned in part by Society for the Performing Arts, along with the Harris Theater and the Chicago Architecture Biennial—is divided into four parts, like the seasons compressed into twenty minutes. Including massive sets specifically designed for the piece by Steven Holl Architects, Tesseracts of Time aims to reevaluate the art of architecture. The piece also includes music specifically chosen by choreographer (Lang) and architect (Holl).
It was a lightning-in-a-bottle moment. June Christensen, CEO of Society for the Performing Arts, spotted New York-based choreographer Jessica Lang about five years ago in New York. “I was at [festival] Jacob’s Pillow that summer and Jessica was making her opera directorial debut, Pergolesi’s