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Artists in Residence - Edwaard Liang

We invited three celebrated Columbus creatives to design a piece of jewelry that could ultimately benefit their organizations.

Here, meet Edwaard Liang, the Artistic Director of BalletMet. Edwaard teamed with one of our world-class designers to bring to life a beautiful ring that would symbolize Mr. Liang's craft. The ring was auctioned off during BalletMet's MIDNIGHT at the BARRE event. 

The former New York City Ballet dancer is now a prestigious choreographer who creates work for BalletMet and dance companies worldwide. He’s won awards for his dancing (among other achievements, he danced as part of the Tony Award winning Broadway cast of Fosse), for his choreography (including the 2006 National Choreographic Competition) and even for his filmmaking (an Emmy for his short dance film, “Vaulted”).

Learn more about the ring:

Inspired by Mr. Liang's craft, this 14K white gold piece is a bold take on a more traditional ring. It utilizes clean lines and a uniquely set emerald-cut moissanite center stone with black and white diamonds all working in unison to create a contemporary piece that exudes strength, form and beauty. 

Learn more about Edwaard and Ballet Met:

Q: Why are the arts important?

A: In my opinion, it is what defines us as human.

Q: Whose creativity is inspiring you right now?

A: The list is way too long, but examples are: Crystal Pite, Akram Khan, Christopher Wheeldon, and people in the community like Peggy Kriha Dye, Janet Chen, Rossen Milanov, Nannette Maciejunes, David Brown and so many others in Columbus.

Q: Most interesting thing you’ve recently seen, heard or read?

A: I know it’s very commercial, but I was blown away by A Star is Born with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga.

Q: Ultimate Columbus Saturday?

A: Szechuan hot pot with my husband.

Q: If you could swap jobs with anyone in the world for a day, who would it be, and what would you do?

A: I would get to work on any project with Meryl Streep. So it could be anything from being her shadow, her assistant, her cook, her best friend—sky’s the limit!

Q: If you could choreograph a ballet to a live performance by any musician in the world, who would it be?

A: I can’t narrow it down to one, but I can give at least a small starting list. It would be: Rufus Wainwright, Lady Gaga, Fleet Foxes, Sufjan Stevens and Panic! At The Disco.

Q: What is the most meaningful piece of jewelry you own, and why?

A: My engagement/wedding ring. Not only because of the significance and the emotional connection with this piece of jewelry, but also because it cost so damn much! Hello diamond eternity band!

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