Lang’s newest work, love fail, premieres June 29 at the New Haven International Festival of Arts and Ideas. Performed by the legendary vocal ensemble Anonymous 4, love fail is an evening-length work that weaves together snippets of medieval courtly love narratives, short stories by MacArthur Fellow Lydia Davis, scraps from the libretto of Wagner’s opera Tristan and Isolde, and text by Lang himself.
Out of these sources, Lang has conjured a single story, in which two unnamed lovers meet each other, love each other, and lose each other—not necessarily in that order. The piece includes lighting design by MacArthur Fellow Jennifer Tipton. The commissioners include: the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, The Kennedy Center, the Secrest Artist Series at Wake Forest University, the University of Iowa (Hanover Auditorium), and the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival. Read a review of the work here. The work is performed 6 more times this year: Wake ForestThursday, October 47:30 p.m.Wait Chapel Duke PerformancesFriday, October 5, 2012 | 8:00 pm University of Iowa, Hanscher AuditoriumThursday, October 11, 7:30 pmSt. Mary’s Catholic Church Kennedy CenterWed., Nov. 28, 2012, 7:30 PM UCLASat, Dec 1, 2012 at 8:00 PMRoyce Hall BAM (NY premiere)Dec 6—8, 2012 at 7:30pm