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Hannah Ma is a German- Chinese choreographer. She was born in Berchtesgaden, Bavaria. Hannahs focus lies on contemporary rituals and the translation of archaic roots within our society. Her works are divided in two choreographic directions: “Taming Monsters” (recreations of classical theatre pieces) and “Transformances” (performances that are based on rituals).
She reflects on eurocentrism, (post-) colonialism, racism, sexsism and focuses on diversity- mainstreaming, empowerment of feminist actions, genderfluidity and the translation of cultural heritage in contemporary narratives.
Hannah feels herself as non-binary.
Her choreographic language is creatively mixing elements of dance and theatre, of ballet, dancetheatre and performance.
She was educated at the Conservatory in Vienna and the John-Cranko School, Stuttgart and the University of Hagen (GER).
Hannah was a scholarship student at Kirov Ballet/ St. Petersburg and Hong Kong Ballet. She won several ballet competitions such as: ÖTR- Contest in Vienna and the International Ballet Competitions in Györ, Hungary and Bologna, Italy.
She worked, amongst others, with Theatre Freiburg (GER), Museumsquatier(A), Theatre Trier (DE) and the Expo in Shanghai (CHN).
Since founding hannahmadance (DE, 2014) and The People United asbl (LU, 2015) her productions were invited and co-produced by: Theatre National Luxembourg, (2015/ 2017), Theatre d´Esch, Luxemburg (2017),
Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen / DE (2016), Festival Passages in Metz/ FR (2017), Theater Trier/ DE (2016/2017), German Consulat General/ N.Y. (2016), Arpmuseum am Rolandseck/GER (2016), Alter Schlachthof Eupen/BE (2017), Trois C-L/LU (2015/2016). National Arts Festival Makanda/ZA (2019/ 2020), UJ Arts&Culture- Arts Department University Johannesburg/ZA (2018/ 2020).
As director of her company she was invited to APAP Conference 2017/ New York (work in progress showing “WANDERER” at German Consulate General), to Swiss Dance Days, Geneva /CH 2017, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown /ZA 2017 and Tanzplattform, Essen/ GER 2018.
Hannah won several awards as a dancer and choreographer such as the “Theatermaske” from Richard- Wagner association (DE), the “Brückenpreis Rhinland-Phalatinate “(DE). She was nominated for the German “Engagementpreis“in 2016. Her work "H.E.R.O.E.S" was evaluated and published by the German UNESCO Commission and the Bertelsmann Foundation in "Kunst in der Migrationsgesellschaft-Beiträge der Künste für ein Leben in Vielfalt".
Hannah Mas work focuses on the body as both the witness and the landscape
of political changes in our multi- migrating world as well as thesearch of identity and belonging. Hannah Ma works with artists from allover the world such as Syria, Italy, Brazil, Japan and Europe. Her interest lies within non-verbal communication and finding ways to overcome social and cultural habits as well as prejudice concerning the so called 'foreign and alien'.
In her work she focuses on techniques like the collective consciousness, which fits with her education as a spiritual healer, yogi and her classical ballet training with Stuttgart Ballett.
Her recent work Onda- into the unknown focuses on waves. Both as the waves of our communication and the dynamics that rules the world and our being. Her philosophical approach is to examine and understand the flow.
She created various educational and participatory projects.
Just recently she worked with Grand Theatre/ LU for “TalentLAB goes Feeschmaart” on a participartory project that shared testimonials of families living in Kirchberg (mentoring: Anthony Heidweiler/ Dutch National Opera).
Hannah Ma finished an education as an hospice helper in 2020.
Interview von Hannah Ma mit Michael Freundt / Dachverband Tanz Deutschland (Fachtag „The Other Body - Tanz und Rassismus / The Performative Political Body of today“/ Schillertheater Berlin, September 2020):