Hannah Stannard

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Hannah Stannard graduated from the International Ballet Academy, Christchurch, in 2003 with a diploma in dance performance. She spent time in New York on scholarship, and after graduating, worked for five years with Footnote Dance performing, teaching, choreographing, and touring around NZ and abroad. Company collaborations included work with WOW (World of Wearable Arts), Capital E, and Fuse Circus. She had the privilege to work with renowned dancers, choreographers and musicians such as Jeremy Nelson, Malia Johnston, Deirdre Tarrant, Eden Mulholland, Erynne Mulholland, and Halina Wolyncewicz. After working with the company she enjoyed various creative ventures and collaborations. She co-directed, choreographed, and performed Heart and Legs as part of the Wellington Fringe Festival. As she embarked on her studies in art history and philosophy, she also founded the Victoria University dance club, with focus on using dance to express and emphasise political, social and spiritual concerns. Hannah spent two years in Japan working as head English conversation teacher for Tokyo Kids ClubAfter returning to NZ, she graduated from Auckland University, continued with studies in theology, and began MakeWings dance school. Hannah has had the pleasure of writing for Theatreview since 2014, and enjoys capturing live performance in words and helping each work find and make its mark.

Hannah Stannard's reviews

In Motion Matariki


21/07/2018 - 21/07/2018

"An exhilarating celebration of Matariki In Motion..



01/11/2016 - 05/11/2016

"As Night Falls puts dancers through their paces..

"Powerful performances from Black Grace dancers..



25/10/2016 - 29/10/2016

"Clever show wraps wisdom in warmth #2..

"Significant issues for the nation, not just the theatre..

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Wellington, Auckland

29/06/2016 - 07/07/2016

"Experiemental and traditional dance works face to face..

"Unforgettable dance experiences..

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Auckland, Wellington

03/03/2016 - 12/03/2016

"Chunuk Stripped Bair..

"Gallipoli libretto gets down to brass tacks..

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27/10/2015 - 31/10/2015

"Polished execution of profound and intricate material..


Auckland, Christchurch

21/05/2013 - 17/10/2015

"A whole new level of terror..

"Infectious pleasure..

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Demigod Half-Human

Dunedin, Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, Hamilton

30/09/2013 - 29/03/2014

"A deep sense of hopelessness..

"Bold and impressive first full-length work..

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