Profile Type: Artist

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.

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I Have Worked With

  • January 2014

    The Vermont Division of Historic Preservation gave me the use of their pre-civil war tavern - The Kent Museum - to create a site piece throughout the building for presentation in 2015. They supported the work with staff assistance, marketing, and site preparations.

  • October 2010

    When Pina Bausch died in 2009, I came out of "retirement" to create a tribute to this choreographer who had a huge impact on my career.   I approached Alec Webb at Shelburne Farms for the use of the Breeding Barn, the only space in Vermont that was appropriate for such a tribute. In 2010, he gave me permission and helped with site preparations, staff support, and marketing.

  • January 2006

    The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts has worked with me for 26 years as a major presenting partner to both my stage work, site work, and teaching mentorships.  In 1991, 1996 and 2001, they gave development space and presentation on the main stage of three pieces. In 2010, they supported the creation of the site piece, Dear Pina with commissioning fee, administrative and marketing support, and staff during the 2012 performances.   


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Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Dance Artist
Mailing Address: 
Physical Address: 
Chelsea, VT 05038
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Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Populations Served: 
General Public
Institution/Business Type: 
Performing Groups
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Community Arts
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Performance / Concert / Reading
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Residency - Production / Development
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
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Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

-Two month-long residential fellowships at The Workspace for Choreographers in Virginia, (2001 and 2002)
-Susan B Anthony from VT YWCA (2001)
-VT Arts Council Citation for long-term commitment and dedication to the arts (1998)
-American Association for State and Local History Award for The Mill Project (1st choreographer ever to receive this national award) (1996)

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
As I am a site artist, I do everything I can to make the site accessible. Sometimes that is only partially possible as it was in the case of the Kent Museum, a pre-civil war tavern, owned by the Vermont Division of Historic Preservation, whose door frames were too narrow for many wheelchairs and had steep stairs to the second floor. In that case, we created a film of what was happening in the second floor for those who could not manage the stairs.