Hannah Yanow and I met at the University of Oregon School of Dance. I graduated in 2008 with a BS from the School of Music and Dance and Hannah graduated in 2009 with a BA in Family and Human Services and a Dance Minor. Our collaboration occurred in the 2009 Spring Student Dance Concert where Hannah presented a work titled ; Forward... Every Moment Moving.
Hannah Yanow built the choreography and I created the costumes.
I had worked with Hannah before in the Dance department, we had danced together in a piece by Sarah Franco in 2008. Working in collaboration with her movement was a delight. She is inventive and explores her options easily with others. I found her process of building movement both dynamic and thoughtful.
After an instance of discrimination based on Hannah's gender, she felt anger and oppression that pushed her to create a strong and constructive message that could be universally understood. The color red represented passion, our passion as women, as a community to be seen and heard. The costumes were constructed based on the body type of the individual dancer. The dancers were chosen based on their movement quality and heart evident in their quality of approach. Hannah wanted to represent a range of bodies and shapes to celebrate the beauty that women possess in contrast with the image media forces upon us. My contribution came in the form of my expertise as to what is most fitting for each size, curve, and fabric to allow for range of motion. I was blessed to not only help with the costumes but also with the formation of the concept for the piece itself and how to best communicate the story behind it.
Hannah Yanow's Dance Bio
Hannah's dance study began at the age of three in tap, then on to modern, ballet, folk dance, and gymnastics. She attended San Francisco High School of the Arts in the dance discipline under the direction of Elvia Marta. Simultaneously she was a part of Khadra International Folk Dance Company. At University of Oregon she completed a Minor in Dance, contributing work toward annual and quarterly performances. She has attended dance intensives with Alonzo King's Lines Ballet, the Mark Morris Dance Group, and LEVYdance. Since graduating University of Oregon in 2009 she was a part of the Ross Dance Company 2010 season, studied with Michael Velez and performed in his work "Mirrored" in 2011's Down and Dirty Dance Series.
Hannah is currently working toward her MA in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University Santa Barbara.