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Dancer with Hoop

Ninotchka Bennahum

Advisory Board

Santa Barbara, CA

Ninotchka Bennahum is Professor of Theater and Dance at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of Antonia Mercé, “La Argentina”: Flamenco & the Spanish Avant-Garde, Carmen, a Gypsy Geography. She co-edited with Judith Chazin-Bennahum (mom) The Living Dance: A Global Anthology of Essays on Movement & Culture and Flamenco on the Global Stage: Theoretical, Historical and Critical Perspectives. She has co-curated exhibitions: Transformation & Continuance: Jennifer Muller & the Re-Shaping of American Modern Dance, 1959–Present; 100 Years of Flamenco on the New York Stage; Radical Bodies: Anna Halprin, Simone Forti and Yvonne Rainer in California and New York, 1955 – 1972, and Border Crossings: Exile and American Modern Dance, 1900–1955. In 2019, she curated a permanent exhibition for the University of Wisconsin-Madison: Radical Pedagogy: Margaret H’Doubler, Anna Halprin, and American Dance, 1916–Present. The resident dance scholar for American Ballet Theatre from 1996 to 2012, she is completing a history entitled Exile and Modernity: American Ballet Theatre in the Shadow of War.

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