Annie Hanauer

Annie Hanauer is an independent dance artist based in London, UK, working internationally. Originally from the USA, she holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Minnesota. She has performed, choreographed, toured, and taught extensively around the world for 15 years. She is currently touring her works UPDRAFT, looking at the body in relation to weather, landscape, and the elements, and A space for all our tomorrows, looking at the idea of utopia through a disability lens. In addition to her own choreography, Annie has created touring work for Candoco Dance Company (soft shell), Theater Münster (Madrigale von Krieg und Liebe), Mobius Dance (Curious Playground), ZHdK Zurich University of the Arts (paper landscapes), and as Cowles Visiting Artist 2020 at the University of Minnesota (IMPULSE).

Annie is passionate about building inclusive & accessible artistic practices, and wants to joyfully disrupt assumptions of what a dancing body is. She is interested in the power, wisdom, creativity, and resilience of people who have been 'othered', stemming from her own lived experience as a disabled person. Her work relies on curiosity, presence, deep connection, and full-bodied dancing, and has often played with the contrast between the body’s power to hold that which is felt, and the concreteness of language. Joy and pleasure are important ingredients in her dancing universe.

In an active and evolving artistic practice, Annie aims to keep discovering & celebrating the bespoke movement techniques and support structures that disabled artists keep inventing. She is interested in creating supportive working environments and pathways into the professional world for emerging disabled artists.

Annie currently performs around the world with long-time collaborator Rachid Ouramdane, choreographer & director of Chaillot Theatre National de la Danse (France). She frequently leads inclusive workshops, choreographic residencies, and professional classes around the world. Alongside Sarah Blanc & Vicky Malin, Annie is one-third of AnnieVickySarah (AVS), a collective of 3 independent artists interested in developing a range of accessible creative practices, launched in 2017.

Annie's choreographic work has been supported by LAC - Lugano Arte & Cultura (CH), Teatro Danzabile (CH), Migros Cultural Percentage Dance Festival Steps (CH), IntegrART(CH), Arts Council England (UK), Siobhan Davies Dance (UK), CCN2 Grenoble (FR), Candoco Dance Company (UK), and The Place (UK).  She is a member of the UK’s Equity Dance Committee.

As a dancer she has performed with the Paris Chamber Orchestra (Baby Doll), Cie For Want of a Better (PUSH), Nic Conibere / Normal Conditions (Caretakers), Emanuel Gat Dance (SUNNY), Lea Anderson (Getting Dressed), Wendy Houstoun (Stupid Women), Lucy Suggate (Spirit Compass), Boris Charmatz (Levée des Conflits), created a film portrait for Jonathan Burrows, Matteo Fargion & Hugo Glendinning's 52 Portraits, and collaborated on research & creative projects with many independent artists. She danced with Candoco Dance Company from 2008-2014, where she performed works by Trisha Brown, Nigel Chanok, Sarah Michelson, Hofesh Shechter, Thomas Hauert, in a solo by Lea Anderson, Rachid Ouramdane, Emanuel Gat, Wendy Houstoun, Marc Brew, Claire Cunningham, Rafael Bonachela, and in the Olympic handover ceremony in Beijing and the Paralympic closing ceremony in London.


BFA in Dance 2008

Honors Program

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA

Selected Performance 2013-2022

UPDRAFT, choreography Annie Hanauer

A space for all our tomorrows, choreography Annie Hanauer

Caretakers, Nic Conibere / Normal Conditions (UK)

EDEN, Rachid Ouramdane (France)

Variation(s), Rachid Ouramdane (France)

PUSH, Cie. For Want of a Better (France)

Baby Doll, Orchestre Chambre de Paris, direction Marie-Eve Signeyrole (France)

Franchir la Nuit,  Rachid Ouramdane (France)

Spirit Compass, Lucy Suggate (UK)

SUNNY, Emanuel Gat Dance (France)  

TORDRE, Rachid Ouramdane (France)       

Tenir le Temps, Rachid Ouramdane (France)  

52 Portraits (solo video creation), created in collaboration with Jonathan Burrows, Matteo Fargion, Hugo Glendinning / Sadlers Wells (UK)

Getting Dressed, Lea Anderson, Southbank Centre (UK)        

Levée des Conflits, Boris Charmatz (France) Tate Modern, London

Stupid Women, Wendy Houstoun (UK), for Nottdance Festival, Nottingham                          

POLICES!, Rachid Ouramdane (France)        

Candoco Dance Company 2008 - 2014, London, UK (company dancer):

Notturnino - Thomas Hauert; Set and Reset/Reset - Trisha Brown; Miniatures - solo - Lea Anderson; Still - Nigel Charnock; 12 - Claire Cunningham; Looking Back - Rachid Ouramdane; And Who Shall Go to the Ball? - Rafael Bonachela - Film version; Imperfect Storm -Wendy Houstoun; In Translation - Emanuel Gat; The Hangman - Sarah Michelson; The Perfect Human - Hofesh Shechter; Parallel Lines - Marc Brew; Paralympic Closing Ceremony, London 2012 Games - Kim Gavin; Olympic & Paralympic Handover Ceremony, Beijing Games 2008 - Kate Prince


2023 UPDRAFT - an outdoor, site-responsive solo Annie choreographed for herself, with live music by Deborah Lennie. Premiered in Greccio, Italy and in Bolzano Danza, Italy.

2023 Madrigale von Krieg und Liebe - an original evening-length work set to Monteverdi's book 8 of operatic Madrigals, choreography Annie Hanauer, for Theater Münster.

2022 soft shell - a new commission for Candoco Dance Company. Premiere at CODA festival, Oslo Oct 2022 and at Sadler's Wells, London Nov 2022.

2022 A space for all our tomorrows - evening-length work, co-produced by LAC & Teatro Danzabile for Lugano Dance Project. Toured in STEPS festival &Lugano Dance Project (Switzerland), Festival Aperto (Italy), Currently on tour.

2022-2023 Off-Centre - accessible group choreography creation with new company Ramped in Leeds, UK. Created for outdoor & non-theatrical spaces.

2021-2022 DoubleDanse - Migros Cultural Percentage - pairing with a Swiss dance artist to exchange artistic practice over the course of 1 year

2021 Artistic Director / choreographer of ZHdK Stage Lab (Zurich) inclusive performance project 'Unforeseen Abilities' third installation. Created paper landscapes for a cast of BA student dancers & artists with disabilities, toured across Switzerland in the IntegrART network (Zurich, Lugano, Basel, Bern, Geneva)

2021 New creation for Mobius Dance company (Leeds, UK) as part of their touring triple bill, Curious Playground

2020 Cowles Guest Artist in residence at University of Minnesota. Created new work IMPULSE.

2019 Cardiff Dance Festival artist in residence, researching improvisation & creation methods with dance students at University of South Wales, panel member for discussion event Unlimited meets Wales at Millennium Centre, lead morning professional class & discussion with Groundwork Pro

2018-2019, ongoing Exercises in Telepathy creation & showing

2017 AnnieVickySarah Take Space: Three new inclusive works presented at The Place, takeover of professional morning classes and Easter Lab session

Selected Teaching

2022 Independent Dance pro morning classes, London

2022 South East Dance pro morning classes, Brighton

2022 Scottish Dance Theatre - company class & workshopping access session Dundee, Scotland

2021 Protein Dance - company class & workshopping access session, London

2021 Guest Teacher at London Contemporary Dance School, BA2 & BA3 programmes

2019 Guest teacher, pro dance class series at CODA festival, Oslo, Norway

2019 Groundwork Pro morning classes & discussion, Cardiff

2019 Inclusive weekend workshop through Making a Difference project initiated by Sophiensaele. Uferstudios, Berlin.

2018-2019 AnnieVickySarah Lab series: 3 one-week accessible artistic development & research labs for artists in Plymouth, Carlisle, and Shrewsbury