Hannah Schwadron, Ph.D, MFA is Assistant Professor of Dance History at Florida State University, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in critical theory and dance history, choreography and performance as analytical curiosity and series play. Her creative and scholarly research focuses on the intersections of identity and performance, agitprop parody and representational politics. Dancing and writing on these themes led to Hannah’s first book, The Case of the Sexy Jewess: Dance, Gender and Jewish Joke-work in US Pop Culture (Oxford University Press, forthcoming), which tells the story of contemporary Jewish female performers across contemporary stage and screen genres. Related essays have been published in Dance and American Perspectives, Eds. Jen Atkins, Sally Sommer, and Tricia Young (University of Florida Press, forthcoming), Oxford Handbooks Online in Music, Ed. Alexander Rehding (2017), and the Oxford Handbook of Dance and Politics, Eds. Rebekah J. Kowal, Gerald Siegmund and the late Randy Martin (2017). As part of ongoing theory-practice research, Hannah curates Field Studies, an annual creative development lab that allows performer-writers the space to workshop new projects with live audiences and peer review. Her collaborative dance film Klasse (2015), made with director Malia Bruker and a cast of middle school students, won the Production Grant from Dance Film Association (NYC), and has been shown at American Dance Festival (Durham and Boone), Antimatter [Media Art] (Victoria, BC), Tiny Dance Film Fest (SF), Israelitische Töchterschule (Hamburg), Third Coast Dance Film Festival (Houston), where it won the Spirit of the Festival award, and ScreenDance Miami, where it won the Audience Choice award. Her newest dance film Between I and Thou (2017) documents an improvisation dance practice with collaborators from Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Germany, and the US on the subjects of migration, relationship, and exchange. Hannah’s writing on the project has been published in Dancer-Citizen journal, Issues 3 (2016) and 4 (2017).
Bachelors in American Civilization, Brown University
Master of Fine Arts in Experimental Choreography, University of California, Riverside
Doctor of Philosophy in Critical Dance Studies, University of California, Riverside
Choreography, Improvisation, Dance Theory/History, GFS