Hana is a queer, feminist performer, performance-maker, and educator. At the center of their work is a commitment to the questions: How do beliefs and thought shape corporeal life? How do somatic orientations and engagements shape mental space? And, How might examining and playing with (and in) these relationships positively destabilize notions of gender, race, sexuality, work, nature, politics, governance, and death? This inquiry takes the form of performances for the stage and gallery settings, interactive events, community-engaged projects, writing, drawings, and videos.
Hana is based in Troy, NY, where they co-host the queer dance party, Polly, which acts as a fundraiser for a different local social justice or arts initiative each season. They also collaborate with activist and social worker Shanna Goldman on communityLAB, which offers workshops that combine power analysis with inner healing work to empower folks to become change-makers in their communities. Hana is a volunteer with the Troy Bike Rescue’s Youth Shop and teaches dance and stretch classes under the name radial diamond kinetics. They also maintain a private practice in radical sexual education, informed by the Internal Family Systems model.
Hana has been on faculty at Williams College, Marlboro College, and the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam, has worked with refugees at the Psychotrauma Centrum in Den Bosch, the Netherlands, police officers and fire fighters in New York City, community members at Torteaturn in Stockholm, Sweden, and students at Colgate University and Skidmore College. They have performed their work and in others’ work internationally, including at the Hammer Museum, LACMA, Red Cat, Machine Project, The Boston Center for the Arts, SPACE Gallery Portland, The Tang Museum, Williams College Museum of Art, EMPAC, Torteaturn (Stockholm), and Kule (Berlin), and collaborate with numerous artists including Asher Woodworth, Ethan Kiermaier, Tomislav Feller, Jane Pickett, and Senem Pirler. Hana completed an MFA in Dance at UCLA.