Edwaard Liang was born in Taipei, Taiwan. He was raised in Marin County, California, and began his ballet training at the age of five at Marin Ballet. In 1989, Liang entered the School of American Ballet. He joined New York City Ballet (NYCB) in the spring of 1993, and that same year he was a medal winner at the Prix de Lausanne International Ballet Competition and the Mae L. Wien Award.
Liang was promoted to soloist in 1998 and danced with NYCB until 2001, when he joined the Broadway cast of Fosse, performing a leading principal role. In 2002, Liang became a member of acclaimed Nederlands Dans Theater 1, where he danced, choreographed and staged ballets. After returning from Holland, Liang returned to NYCB from 2004 to 2007. He has also performed as a guest artist with varies companies, such as the Norwegian National Ballet and Complexions.
Liang has choreographed a number of works, starting with Nederlands Dans Theater 1 workshop, FLIGHT OF ANGELS, which has since been staged for many companies. He was invited to do a piece for the 2004 New York Choreographic Institute and choreographed a piece for the opening Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. Liang's DISTANT CRIES, danced by NYCB principal dancers Peter Boal and Wendy Whelan, was premiered to rave reviews from the New York Times for the Joyce Theatre, the New York City Ballet gala, and at New York City Center.
Liang has since choreographed ballets for many companies and projects such as NYCB, Pacific Northwest Ballet, the Kirov Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet, the San Francisco Ballet, the Shanghai Ballet, the Washington Ballet, Hubbard Street 2, National Ballet of Novosibirsk, the Guggenheim Works and Processes, and MOROHOSES/The Wheeldon Company. Liang was named one of the TOP 25 to Watch for 2006 by Dance Magazine for choreography, winner of the 2006 National Choreographic Competition, and invited to be a part of the 2007 National Choreographers Initiative. Liang was featured in the New York City Ballet Workout book and its accompanying video and Richard Corman's book of photographs - Glory. Liang's television appearances include the nationally televised Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Great Performances broadcast Dance in America: From Broadway: Fosse which has subsequently been made into a DVD. He was also nominated for the Golden Mask Award for Choreography in Russia.
For more info on Liang:
Liang's official website
New York City Ballet
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