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Hanna Gillgren

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Hanna came to London from Sweden to study dance at London Contemporary Dance School in 1991. Graduating in 1994 with a BA Honours Degree she started off performing in Germany, Belgium and the UK with among others choreographers Michele Noiret, Yael Flexer, Jamie Watton and Istoc Kovac. Since 1999, Hanna has co directed H2DANCE together with Heidi Rustgaard, creating more then 16 works together. They were Associate artists at The Place 2001/02.

In 2005 she collaborated with film- maker Rachel Davies on GOLD that won the IMZ Dance on Screen Award 2005, touring internationally for several years. Hanna was commissioned by Norrdans in 2002 and created Storstark Cowboy on the company, LUDUS in 2003, and The Place in 2005, a film and choreography production in collaboration with film maker Gemma Burditt. H2DANCE was commissioned by Guardians of Doubt and Dance4 to make Choreographus Interruptus with Dance Critic Donald Hutera in 2004.

2012 they were selected for the PlacePrize semifinals with DUET, which won them the audience vote at the finals in April 2013. H2DANCE is still touring DUET as well their intergenerational work Staging Ages. They are currently developing a new work in Scandinavia and the UK titled 'Strangers and Others'. The work will premiere autumn 2017 with performances in the UK and Norway.

Hanna has also delivered commissions for DanceDigital, North Kent Local Authority Arts Partnership,The Victoria & Albert and Natural History Museums in London and choreographed for students at London Contemporary Dance School, CAT (centre for advanced training)and Fanclub Dance. Hanna has taken up artist residencies at Dansens Hus Stockholm, Liikelaituri Finland, Dansit, Union Scene and Scenerommet in Norway, Region Varmland Sweden, Pavilion Dance, Dance East, DanceDigital in Essex, The Place Choreodrome, Metal and Dance4 in the UK, Devir CAPa, (Centro de Artes Performativas do Algarve) in Portugal and Gaara Dance Foundation in Kenya.

Hanna lectures part time at Roehampton University where she teaches choreography and Release technique to MA students and undergraduates. She regularly teaches workshops and professional classes in the UK, Sweden and Norway in a variety of contexts ranging from children to professionals.
She has taken part in research projects and workshops with Jonathan Burrows, Guy Dartnell, Meg Stuart, Linn Snelling and Guy Cools.

Education/Academic qualification

University of Kent

10 Sep 199110 Jul 1994


IMZ Dance On Screen Award 2005

Hanna Gillgren (Recipient), 10 Jun 2005

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

The Place Prize for Dance Finals Audience Vote 2013

Hanna Gillgren (Recipient), 20 Apr 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)