Annie Hanauer is an independent dance artist based between London and France, originally from the USA. She works internationally and has performed, choreographed, toured, and taught extensively for over a decade. She sees her work as facilitating people meeting, whether as a performer meeting an audience, directing a group of dancers through a choreographic process, or working with students in a learning environment. Annie is fascinated by human bodies in movement, our bodies' connection to the wider world and how they are read socially, what they carry, their concreteness, their depth, and infinite potential through movement. She believes in our bodies’ capacity to connect empathetically, and their power to express that which is implied, felt, and beyond language. She is interested in the experiences of people who have been 'othered', stemming from her own lived experience as a disabled woman, and wants to dismantle constructed ideas of a normative dancing body.
Her choreographic work has involved developing methodology for group performance improvisation, researching care-giving, motherhood & disability, and often brings disabled and non-disabled artists together. She is currently creating a new evening-length work around utopia & collective imagination, from a disability perspective. She wants to support and share the wisdom, creativity, bespoke movement techniques and support structures, and unique perspectives she continues to witness within the community of disabled artists she meets and works with. She is interested in creating supportive working environments and pathways into the professional world for emerging disabled artists.
Annie's choreographic work has been supported by Arts Council England (UK), Siobhan Davies Dance (UK), CCN2 Grenoble (FR), Candoco Dance Company (UK), The Place (UK), Teatro Danzabile (CH), and LAC Lugano (CH). She is a member of the UK’s Equity Dance Committee.
Annie currently performs around the world with long-time collaborator Rachid Ouramdane, Chaillot (France), with the Paris Chamber Orchestra (France), and is creating new works with Compagnie For Want of a Better (France) and with Nic Conibere / Normal Conditions (UK). She regularly facilitates classes and workshops nationally & internationally. Annie is one-third of AnnieVickySarah (AVS), a collective of 3 female independent artists interested in developing & sharing accessible creative practices, launched in 2017.
As a freelancer she has performed with Emanuel Gat Dance (SUNNY), Lea Anderson (Getting Dressed), Wendy Houstoun (Stupid Women), Lucy Suggate (Spirit Compass), Boris Charmatz (Levée des Conflits), created a 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
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA
Caretakers, Nic Conibere / Normal Conditions (UK)
EDEN, Rachid Ouramdane (France)
Variation(s), Rachid Ouramdane (France)
Baby Doll, Orchestre Chambre de Paris, direction Marie-Eve Signeyrole (France)
Franchir la Nuit, Rachid Ouramdane (France)
SUNNY, Emanuel Gat Dance (France)
TORDRE, Rachid Ouramdane (France)
Tenir le Temps, Rachid Ouramdane (France)
52 Portraits (solo video creation), 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)
Creation & Performance:
Notturnino (Thomas Hauert); Set and Reset/Reset (Trisha Brown); Miniatures (solo by 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)
2021-22 A Space for All our Tomorrows new evening-length work currently in development, for touring in STEPS festival 2022.
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, touring 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. Worked with BA students to create 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 pro class & discussion with Groundwork Pro
2018-2019, ongoing Exercises in Telepathy creation & showing
2017 AnnieVickySarah Take Space: 3 new inclusive works presented at The Place, takeover of professional morning classes and Easter Lab session
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 inclusive professional development & research labs for artists in Plymouth, Carlisle, and Shrewsbury