Paul Langland

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Paul Langland (photo by Johan Daveus)

Paul Langland (born February 6, 1951) is an American dancer, singer, choreographer and Arts Professor at New York University.


Langland's professional career began in 1972. In his work as a dancer and choreographer he has spanned many disciplines, among them the creation and development of "Allan Wayne Work" a dance technique named after his mentor.[1] Langland is a longtime practitioner and teacher of contact improvisation.[2] He was also a member of the Meredith Monk ensemble.[3]

In December 1984, Langland choreographed and performed Circa 1950–51, along choreographer Le Schaetzel at Bessie Schönberg Theatre.[4] In October 1989, Langland performed in the same theatre's Nuts (Homage to Freud).[5]

In 1990, Langland perform in Sharon Wyrrick's Full Circle Company at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater.[3] Langland has also performed with Steve Paxton, Mary Overlie, Barbara Dilley, Ping Chong, David Gordon, Simone Forti, Andrea Klein[6] and Channel Z. Other members of Channel Z included Daniel Lepkoff, Diane Madden, Robin Feld, Randy Warschaw, Stephen Petronio, and Nina Martin. His many choreographic works include "Almost Rapture" co-choreographed with Brendan McCall,[7] which was a North America Division Finalist for Choreography in the 1998 Sixth Recontres Internationales Choreographique de Seine-Saint-Denis.


Langland has been a professor at New York University Tisch School of the Arts since 1983.[2] He teaches movement to students at the Experimental Theatre Wing, and was promoted to the position of Arts Professor in 2012. In addition to NYU, Langland has taught at University of Michigan, Amherst College and the International Theatre Workshop, amongst others.[8] In recognition of his significant service to arts education, Langland was awarded the prestigious Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) Arts Educator Award in 2014.[1]

In 2009, New York University's Fales Library for Special Collections created The Paul Langland Papers, an archive to house Langland's extensive performance memorabilia from the 1920s through to the present day.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Langland is the son of poet Joseph Langland.[10] He is married to painter Colin Cochran. They live between New York and Santa Fe.[11]


  1. ^ a b McCall, Brendan (March 26, 2014). "Paul Langland: Portrait of the Artist as a Moving Canvas". Cultural Weekly. Retrieved March 18, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Simpson, Michael Wade. "Lessons in experiment: Students perform pieces by Meredith Monk and Simone Forti". The Santa Fe New Mexican. Retrieved August 30, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Sommers, Pamela (November 9, 1990). "Wyrrick Comes in Full Circle". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 19, 2017.
  4. ^ Anderson, Jack (December 1, 1984). "Dance: "Fresh Tracks," Young Choreographers". The New York Times. Retrieved March 19, 2017.
  5. ^ Anderson, Jack (October 18, 1989). "Review/Dance; First Impressions of Freud". The New York Times. Retrieved March 19, 2017.
  6. ^ Burke, Siobhan (December 7, 2014). "Andrea Kleine's Take on Yvonne Rainer at Chocolate Factory". The New York Times. Retrieved March 18, 2017.
  7. ^ Anderson, Jack (August 10, 1997). "What Touches the Heart Can Puzzle the Mind". The New York Times. Retrieved March 18, 2017.
  8. ^ "International Theatre Workshop in Amsterdam". NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
  9. ^ "Guide to the Paul Langland Papers 1926–2015". Fales Library. April 29, 2016. Retrieved March 19, 2017.
  10. ^ "Obituary: Joseph Langland, noted poet, longtime professor". University of Massachusetts Amherst. Retrieved August 30, 2017.
  11. ^ "NMH Magazine 2014 Spring". issuu. Retrieved August 30, 2017.

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