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.