Academics: Faculty

T. Lang Premieres 'Post Up' 

Award-winning choreographer and Spelman College assistant professor of dance T. Lang recently presented the Atlanta premiere of her work, "Post Up."

With her latest work, Lang embarks upon a new artistic relationship with John Osburn, a collaborative sound artist who composes and improvises music for modern dance and visual artists.

Inspired by the literature of Heather Andrea Williams' Help Me Find My People, "Post Up" focuses on the delusional hope of being reunited with a loved one. Referring to newspaper “posts” by freed slaves attempting to find a loved one,  the phrase "Post Up," and Lang's piece, relate to the strong need to belong, and to ground oneself in a sense of community.

Lang recovers these lost historical artifacts, connects them to modern day, and pushes the boundaries of dance to create a multimedia experience that plunges the audience into a rich audio and visual adventure.  Her goal is to uncover the untold truths -- the jarring and sour notes in our history -- in order to encourage community recognition and dialogue.

"Post Up" incorporate the work of composer John Osburn and video interactive engineer Deigratia Daniels, to offer dancers a platform within an immersive virtual environment.

Biographical Sketch

Assistant Professor in Dance
Director of Spelman Dance Theater
Department of Drama and Dance
350 Spelman Lane SW, Box 1499
Atlanta, GA 30314-4399
Office: 404-270-5474
Fax: 404-270-5484

T. Lang is a native of Chicago and former dancer with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Marlies Yearby's Movin Spirit Dance Theater and Nia Love's Blacksmith Daughter Dance Theater. T. Lang established her now Atlanta base company, in 2006 in New York City. Since then, she has been creating a singular body of work that has accumulated critical acclaim.

She is a recent recipient of the 2014 Idea Capital grant. Awarded to nine Atlanta artists working in diverse media, the grant celebrates risk takers in film, visual art, literature and dance. Lang will use her award to enhance dance through her project "Post Up," a meditation on love and loss using sensors and software to add a new technological dimension to the expressive language of dance.

Each artist will receive grants from $500 to $1,500 for a total of $10,000 in awards. Idea Capital’s mission is to recognize innovative, risk-taking works unlikely to be funded by more traditional revenue streams.

T. Lang's works have been presented throughout numerous venues which include The Kennedy Center, The Alliance Theater, The Goat Farm Arts Center, Southwest Arts Center, Dance Space Project at St. Mark's Church and Movement Research at Dance Theater Workshop, Wave Rising Festival, P.S. 122, DUMBO Dance Festival, Dance New Amsterdam, Cool New York Dance Festival, Reverb Festival, Fertile Ground, Throw, The Flea, WAX and Dixon Place.

T. Lang's newest work, M O T H E R/ M U T H A,  which delved deeply into the complexities of American history, was presented at Atlanta's Goat Farm Arts Center in June 2012. "Creative Loafing" and "Arts America"  called this work a "powerfully thought provoking … masterfully blended work of unsettling genius."

In 2011, T. Lang was commissioned to create a work in collaboration with Grammy award-winning artists Sweet Honey in the Rock. This work, "4 Little Girls," was presented at a Gala Concert during the historic unveiling of the King Monument in Washington, D.C.

In addition to leading her own company, T. Lang is an assistant professor in dance at Spelman and director of the Dance Theater. She also founded  the Atlanta summer dance intensive, SWEATSHOP, and is a faculty member at  the Staibdance Summer Intensive in Sorrento, Italy.

In 2013, T. Lang joined the faculty of the  American Dance Festival which the New York Times
considers "One of the nation's most important institutions"; and what the New York Post calls,   "The world's greatest dance festival."

Lang holds a Bachelor in Fine Arts degree in performance and choreography from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, and a Masters in Fine Arts in performance and choreography from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.