Photo by Martha Swope, courtesy of Dance Magazine archive

Like a pearl, an artist who can devote herself equally to performing, choreographing and teaching is uniquely rounded. Pearl Lang (1921–2009) was just such a person, and she made no hierarchical distinctions in her three-pronged career. Lang's devotion to her craft led her to become one of the mid-century's most heralded modern dancers and choreographers, famous for fusing contemporary dance with Jewish culture, and an impassioned teacher who carried on Martha Graham's technique for three decades. Among those who developed through her ministrations are former Boston Ballet Artistic Director Bruce Marks, former Graham principal Christine Dakin, choreographer Pina Bausch, Eliot Feld and even Madonna. Prominent companies like Dutch National Ballet, Boston Ballet and Batsheva Dance Company have performed her original works.

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