Emerged: an interview with choreographer T. Lang

This is the first in a series of interviews with an already emerged choreographer in order to give a perspective of what lies ahead. 

Supporting the positive events occurring in the world of female choreographers reflects the core of Kaleidoscopic Arts. However, the urge to write about them was heavily influenced by an interview we held last week with choreographer T. Lang.

tlangheadshotLang is the artistic director of T. Lang Dance – based in Atlanta, Georgia – and an associate professor at Spelman College. A Graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of The Arts she moved to Atlanta in 2008 after dancing professionally in New York and has been choreographing and developing her company/repertoire ever since.

We sat down to a video call with her to ask about the process of becoming an emerged female choreographer and the obstacles she faced and occasionally still faces today. Here are our questions and briefs of the answers and insights that she gave us.

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Progress for women choreographers in dance

When it comes to talking about women choreographers in contemporary dance it can be easy to focus solely on identifying problems. Pointing fingers, and raising red flags to inequality is occasionally necessary – after all awareness is the first step to change. However, we here at Kaleidoscopic Arts feel it is just as important to discuss the progress that is occurring within the world of contemporary dance in regards to opportunities for and discussions about female choreographers. We are all fortunate today for the social discussion about women choreographers to even be open. It is through attending new platforms, writing, tweeting, supporting new artists, and holding more discussions that societal norms can evolve. Choreographer, dancer, supporter; whatever you may be the attention to the new positive developments in the scene are going to strengthen the discourse.

That being said here are just some examples that prove our discussion – as a community – is strong. We highly recommend you follow along with these events.

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