MTSU Dance Program is pleased to hosts a wide range of Nationally and Internationally recognized Guest Artists residencies. Guest artists make meaningful contributions to the development and growth of our students throughout the year. The Guest Artist Program at Middle Tennessee State University creates an environment that is supportive, substantive and inclusive of diversity. The guest artist series actively engages the dance program, campus and the community in special activities and programs that focus on multicultural issues within art and society. The extended residencies by innovative and acclaimed artists give students, faculty, and staff new materials and perspectives to integrate into their professional work and development. Select students will have the opportunity to perform in dance works choreographed by each artist in residence.
T. Lang - September 22 - 27
T. Lang, founder and Artistic Director of T. Lang Dance, is dedicated to exposing the arts and emerging communities to the creative impact and genius of dance. Lang earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in performance and choreography from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) and her Masters of Fine Arts in performance and choreography from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. In the early part of her career, Lang danced with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Marlies Yearby’s Movin Spirit Dance Theater, and Nia Love’s Blacksmith Daughter Dance Theater.
In 2008, Lang relocated T. Lang Dance from New York City to Atlanta. She continues to develop, direct, and produce high-impact work that blends traditional and experimental contemporary movement. In 2011, T. Lang was commissioned to create a work in collaboration with Grammy award winning artists Sweet Honey in the Rock. This work, 4 Little Girls, was presented at the Gala Concert during the historic unveiling of the King Monument in Washington, D. C. The following year (2012), her work M O T H E R/ M U T H A was presented at Atlanta’s Goat Farm Arts Center. Creative Loafing and Arts America called this work a “powerfully thought provoking … masterfully blended work” of “unsettling genius.” M O TH E R/ M U T H A delves deeply into the complexities of American history. It thoroughly examines the origin of objectifying African American women, a topic rarely examined so vividly and honestly through the lens of dance.
On June 6 – 8, 2014, The Goat Farm Arts Center will present Lang’s newest work. Post Up pushes the boundaries of dance to create a multi-media experience of rich audio and visual adventure. T. Lang Dance is also working on a new collaborative project, Doxology Ring Shout, with American playwright Paul Carter Harrison, legendary choreographer Dianne McIntyre and award winning composer Dwight Andrews. The National Black Arts Festival will present this work in September 13 -14, 2014. Following Doxology Ring Shout, The High Museum of Art commissioned Lang to create a new work for the Mi Casa, Your Casa installation October 10 and 24, 2014.
As an Assistant Professor in Dance and Director of Spelman Dance Theatre at Spelman College and founder of SWEATSHOP, the Atlanta summer dance intensive, Lang stays engaged with the next generation of artists. Her recent invitation to serve as a faculty member at The American Dance Festival only reinforces her resolve to broaden the range, scope, and impact of dance as a powerful performing art.
Our Past Guest Artist: