Pearl Lang

(b. 1922)

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(b Chicago, 29 May 1922)

US dancer, choreographer, and teacher. She studied with Graham, Horst, M. Stuart, and others and danced with Page in Chicago before joining Graham's company in 1941. As soloist (1942–52, and occasional guest after 1952) she created roles in Diversion of Angels (1948), Canticle for Innocent Comedians (1952), and Ardent Song (1954), and danced many other major roles, to which she brought a powerful lyricism and moral force. In 1952 she formed her own company for which she created many works including Rites (1953), Shirah (1960), and The Possessed (1975), as well as solos for herself including Moonsong and Birdsong (both 1952). She also appeared in several musicals and worked as a guest choreographer with various companies including Dutch National Ballet and Batsheva Dance Company. She taught and lectured widely.

Subjects: Dance.

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