Hannah Dennison is a choreographer who has been making stage and site-specific work in Vermont for nearly 40 years. Hannah is primarily drawn to creating and presenting large-scale site works that explore and celebrate the people, history, and landscapes of our shared locale.
For each of her site pieces, she has extensive community engagement to develop relations with those who live and work in the particular setting. She listens to their stories that become part of the undercurrent of information for the project. Involvement on many levels is welcome and often in the past, people from the community joined the ensemble. She offers performance training specific to her style; presence, availability, deep commitment, and honesty are embedded within her workshops in improvisation. Through her art making, she strives to create connections with people, focusing on what we share in order to find common ground.
Hannah's considerable career has seen her shortlisted to be a featured artist for the National Artists & Community: America Creates for the Millennium in 2000; selected for New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) – Building Communities through Culture 4 year fellowship (1996); highlighted as a featured artist on Vermont Public Television (1983, 1992), and New Hampshire Public Television (1994); on the VT Arts Council Touring Register from 1982 to 1991.
Hannah came out of retirement in 2009 to create Dear Pina (2012), a tribute to Pina Bausch set in the beautiful Breeding Barn at Shelburne Farms, VT. Since then, she has continued to choreograph dances for the stage and specific sites: 1PM Sunday (2010) Flynn Theatre main stage, and Threads and Thresholds (2015) at the Kent Museum in Calais VT. Currently, Hannah has begun developing The Quarry Project, a piece to be performed on floating stages at the Wells Lamson quarry in Websterville, VT. She is the director of Cradle to Grave Arts.