Annika Hansen

I am a a dancer and maker, a Minnesotan, a collaborator, a lover of books and plants. I am interested in honest performances with choreography that expresses the range of textures in the body. I am researching what it means to pursue dance with a joyful and socially-aware practice in order to engage other people in conversation. I graduated from Perpich Arts High School in 2013, and then attended the University of Minnesota where I graduated summa cum laude with a BFA in Dance in 2017. In the dance program, I was fortunate to perform works by Justin Jones, The Martha Graham Dance Company, Marcus Jarrell Willis, luciana achugar, Brian Brooks, and Joanie Smith.
I also completed a year at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem, Israel, where I performed works by Ohad Naharin, Vertigo Dance Company, Amir Kolben, Dana Rottenberg, and Noa Zuk. I draw from a lineage of passionate and wise instructors in my work and acknowledge the impact my studies have made. In 2017 I performed works by Jeffrey Peterson Dance in Rhythmically Speaking and the Minnesota Fringe Festival and by Maggie Bergeron and Company for the Hear Here Festival. In 2018 I performed with Alternative Motion Project in works by Sophia Pimsler, Kristin Howe, and Joanna Lees.
I also danced in a work by Emma Marlar for Rhythmically Speaking 2018 and in a work in process to the live music of Purple Funk Metropolis for SLO Dance Company. With my collaborator, Abigail Whitmore, I create dance to fill both theaters and public spaces. We have created performative events at Glam Doll Donuts (You’re Invited) through a UROP grant, at the University Rec Center pool (Run Rinse Repeat); the short film of which was shown at OFF THE WALL video series in Madison, WI in 2017, and at the Casket Arts Building for our curation of Casket Dances – an event that hosted work by Reneé Copeland and Laurie Van Wieren.
In 2018, we led Dance Workout Tours of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden in conjunction with the Walker Art Center’s free summer programming. This Free Thursday event will happen this year as SculpTour on June 6th, July 18th, and August 1st at 6:00 and 7:15pm. Abigail and I are also part of the 2019 Works in Progress program through the Red Eye Theater, and the piece we are developing, To and From:, performs on May 30th-June 2nd.

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