Vague Clarities | 2018

choreographed by Hannah Ayasse in collaboration with the dancers, presented by SAFEhouse Arts Fall 2018 Resident Artists Workshop

a devised dance work which explores the alchemy that occurs when opposite forces share space and co-create

Vague Clarities - work sample

Choreography by Hannah Ayasse in collaboration with the dancers - Dominique Nigro, Andrew Rose, Gwen Hornig, and Katherine Neumann

Film by Mark McBeth Projects

Music by Steve Reich, Colin Currie Group, The Westerlies

Edits by Hannah Ayasse

Vague Clarities, full work


Will our life not be a tunnel between two vague clarities?

Or will it not be a clarity between two dark triangles?

Or will life not be a fish prepared to be a bird?"

- Pablo Neruda (excerpt translated by William O’Daly)

Upon Hearing | 2016 - ongoing

Upon Hearing: A Solo

a semi-improvisational solo adapted from the original dance work, 2017-ongoing

in which Hannah combines pre-rehearsed choreography with live improvisational choreography based on written stories provided by the audience on the night of performance. Hannah reads the stories for the first time on stage and creates new movement for each iteration of this work. The solo changes in direct response to those who are there to see it live.

Upon Hearing: A Solo presented at SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts as part of Dynamism Movement's Art Salon on March 14th, 2018.

stories collected from audience on March 14th, 2018

Filmed by Mark McBeth Projects

Upon Hearing: A Solo performed at Periwinkle Palace Performance Primer on December 3rd, 2016 in Oakland, CA

stories collected from audience on December 3rd, 2016

Photo - Kelly Ward Photography

Filmed by Zoe Donnellycolt

Upon Hearing: An Honors Thesis in Dance

choreographed and directed by Hannah Ayasse, The George Washington University, 2016

Upon Hearing is the culmination of a year of methodically collecting stories from strangers and friends and reflecting upon the experience and role of a listener. It is a meditation on identity, empathy, poetry, and movement.

Dancers - Emily Ariz, Hannah Ayasse, Melanie Eccles, Morgan Furnari, Jennifer Meehan

Poets - Hannah Ayasse, Robyn Di Giacinto, Anya Konecki, Connor Muldowney, Linda Ryan, Tanya Thomas, Nayyirah Waheed

Music - Made In Heights, Pascaäl, SoundFORMovement, STWO

Photo - Kayla Williams

Filmed by Christopher Kim and Kayla Williams

Edited by Hannah Ayasse

“Thank you for reminding us that empathy can be physical, that it is in our cells.”
— Marin Leggat Roper, MFA, CLMA

Photo - Kayla Williams