Edwaard Liang



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, Mr. Liang entered the School of American Ballet. He joined New York City Ballet 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. He was promoted to Soloist in 1998. Mr. Liang danced with NYCB until 2001, when he joined the Broadway cast of Fosse, performing a leading principle role. In 2002, Mr. Liang became a member of acclaimed Nederlands Dans Theater 1, where he danced, choreographed and staged ballets. After returning from Holland, Mr. Liang returned to New York City Ballet from 2004-2007. Mr. Liang has also performed as a Guest Artist with various companies like the Norwegian National Ballet and Complexions.

Edwaard 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. Mr. Liang was invited to do a piece for the 2004 New York Choreographic Institute and choreographed a piece for the opening Cedar Lake Dance Company. Mr. Liang's Distant Cries, danced by NYCB, was premiered to rave reviews from the New York Times for the Joyce Theatre, New York City Ballet Gala, and City Center. Mr. Liang has since choreographed ballets for many companies and projects such as New York City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Shanghai Ballet, Washington Ballet, Hubbard Street 2, National Ballet of Novosibirisk, Guggienhiem's Works and Process, and Morphoses the Wheeldon Company. Mr. 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. Mr. Liang's television appearances include the nationally televised 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.