The Joyce has designed this ballet festival to recognize the many dancers and choreographers who are creating work outside the traditional large company milieu and are forming their own small companies. Featured are companies from across the US, whose work represents a range of ballet styles, from neo classical to contemporary. Having created over 75 works for ballet and modern companies in the last thirteen years, choreographer Jessica Lang's own contemporary ballet company makes its Joyce debut with a diverse program showcasing Lang's acclaimed talent for seamlessly incorporating striking design elements into her emotionally engaging work. Live music adds a rich layer to the first of two NY premieres, From Foreign Lands and People, an elegant, comical ballet set to Schumann's Kinderszenen Opus 15, while i.n.k. incorporates visual artist Shinichi Maruyama's video projections and an original score created from liquid sounds by Jakub Ciupinski.