Edwaard Liang was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and was raised in Marin County, California, where he began his ballet training at the age of five at Marin Ballet. In 1989, Mr. Liang entered the School of American Ballet. He joined New York City Ballet in the spring of 1993 and was promoted to soloist in 1998. Mr. Liang danced with New York City Ballet until 2001, when he joined the Broadway cast of Fosse. In 2002, Mr. Liang became a member of the acclaimed Nederlands Dans Theater, where he danced, choreographed and staged ballets. After returning from Holland, Liang danced with New York City Ballet until 2007.
Mr. Liang has choreographed a number of works, beginning with Flight of Angels for the Nederlands Dans Theater workshop. Flight of Angels has since been staged for Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and Configurations. Mr. Liang was invited to choreograph a piece for the 2004 New York Choreographic Institute and also choreographed a work for Cedar Lake Dance Company. His Distant Cries, performed by New York City Ballet principal dancers Peter Boal and Wendy Whelan, was premiered to rave reviews from The New York Times at the Joyce Theatre, New York City Ballet and City Center of Music and Drama. Mr. Liang has since choreographed ballets for companies and projects, including New York City Ballet, Shanghai Ballet, Hubbard Street, Guggenheim Museum’s Works and Process series, Sadler’s Wells Theatre and Christopher Wheeldon’s Morphoses company. He was named one of the “Top 25 to Watch” for 2006 by Dance Magazine, won the 2006 National Choreographic Competition and was invited to be part of the 2007 National Choreographers’ Initiative.