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Guide to the Paul Langland Papers
1926-2015
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Biographical Note

Paul Langland is a choreographer, dancer and educator. He studied closely under dancer and choreographer Allan Wayne, and continues to teaches his technique (Allan Wayne Work), as well as contact improvisation. Langland received a BA in sculpture and performance from the California College of arts and Crafts in 1973, where he also began his involvement with contact improvisation under dancer Steve Paxton.

Paul Langland moved to New York in the mid-1970s, where he became a student at Dance Theater Workshop, where he began working with choreographer and performer Meredith Monk. In 1974, Langland first performed with Monk in her piece Chacon, beginning his eleven year tenure with her company. Under Monk's company, Langland performed dance pieces as well as worked as a part of the vocal ensemble, most notably on Monk's album Dolmen Music.

Paul Langland is a choreographer, dancer and educator. Langland received his BFA in Sculpture and Performance from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1973. While in California, Langland began his involvement with the Contact Improvisation dance technique, studying under its founder Steve Paxton.

After moving to New York City in the 1970s, Langland began working with choreographer and performer Meredith Monk, whose company he later joined. Langland remained a member of the Meredith Monk Vocal Ensemble until 1985.

During his time in New York City, Langland also studied closely under dancer Allan Wayne. After Wayne's death in 1978, Langland began teaching his technique, under the name "Allan Wayne Work," and continued to develop his work.

Throughout his career, Langland has performed at various notable performance spaces and with various performance groups including The House, Danspace, Dance Theater Workshop, LaMama, The Kitchen, and Franklin Furnace, among others. Langland has also held a number of fellowships and residencies, leading to performances and workshops throughout North America, Europe, Korea, Venezuela and Cuba. He is currently a master teacher at New York University's Experimental Theater Wing.

Choreography Timeline
1984 Fame and Money, Performance Space 122, New York City
1983-1986 Channel Z, Movement Research, New York City
1986 Rapture, Danspace at St. mark's Church, New York City
1989 Boomerang, University of Alabama
Boneyard, Performance Space 122, New York City
1990 Full Flora Smak, Ballet Academy, Gottenburg, Sweeden
The Ghost of a Flea, Performance Space 122, New York City
Jonah, Spectra Arts, New York City
1991 Normal Kansas, New York University Experimental Theather Wing and International Theater School Festival, Amsterdam
1992 In The Field, New York University Experimental Theater Wing
1994 Full Flora Smak (new version), New York University Experimental Theater Wing
1996 Normal Dog Time, DanceFest 6 at Columbia-Greene College, New York City
1998 Honor, Danspace at Saint Mark's Church, New York City
Almost Rapture, Dancespace at Saint Mark's Church, New York City
2000 Heat, Movement Research at Judson Church, New York City
2001 Rooms and Buildings (Collaboration with Mary Overlie and Wendell Beavers), Judson Church, New York City
Getting Ready to Really Leave, Amherst College Dance Institute, Massachusetts
2003 Storyteller, University Settlement, New York City
Self-Erasure (Collaboration with Dana Salisbury), Here Theater, New York City