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T. Lang, M.F.A.: Cultivating the Next Generation of Artists

October 2017

fac_tlangT. Lang is redefining the way the world views African women and their contributions to U.S. history through creative storytelling and dance. Lang is the chair of Spelman College’s newly formed Department of Dance Performance and Choreography. In and outside of the classroom, she continues to lean forward and inspire the next generation to take risks and cultivate change through movement. Lang has a substantial portfolio of work that tells the story of the African Diaspora from slavery to present. She continues to set a precedent for modern-day feminism.

“At Spelman we emphasize Black feminist theory because we want our [dance] students to be well informed about their identities and have an anchor about who they are as women of the African Diaspora,” said Lang, associate professor and artistic director of T. Lang Dance.

In 2016, the Chicago native was named “Best Choreographer” by Creative Loafing.  In her powerful, thought-provoking piece, “Mother/Mutha,” Lang took her audience back in history to witness what life was like for African women who were forced to bear enslaved children. The show was presented at Atlanta's Goat Farm Arts Center in June 2012. Additional works include her recently completed series – "Post Up," "Post Up in the House," "LIT Variations #1-10" and "POST."

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

She teaches several courses including Dance and Performance, Intermediate Modern Dance Technique, Dance Improvisation and Choreography II.

Lang can provide perspective on the following topics: dance, choreography and performance through the lens of Black feminism.

Related Articles:

Spelman College: The Department of Dance Performance and Choreography Teaches Through the Lens of Black Feminist Theory

Creative Loafing: T. Lang The Dancer/Choreographer Melds the Technical and the Spiritual


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