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Contortion Girl

Hannah Finn


Act Without Words: Originally Created by Samuel Beckett and Reimagined by Hannah Finn

For this piece Hannah took the great work of Samuel Beckett and transformed it into her own. Hannah utilized physical theater, acrobatic movement and a strong emphasis on character coaching to achieve this piece. Hannah used an archetypal narrative in the beginning of this piece to engage the audience and make them feel as if they were in the barren wasteland where this act took place themselves. 


Hannah created this piece in Bristol, England. As in her last show, Hannah chose two performers and coached them in emotional exercises as well as worked on choreography. She dedicated an extreme amount of time and effort into her project, delving deep into research and development and utilizing her studies at University, in the performance. She used psychological movement cues to help the audience understand the story and connect with it. This act was a dance and physical theater piece about oppression of the self, specifically in the way of self deprecating body shaming. Hannah drew from influences such as "Strange Fruit" choreographed by Pearl Primus and Cafe Muller choreographed by Pina Bausch.  Hannah directed, stage managed, and designed the lighting for this performance. She also used LED technology in the performers costume to emphasize the emotions being felt in different body parts. 


EVOL: Glenn Wallichs Theatre

In April of 2014 Hannah created the Circus Collective, a performance collective at the University of Redlands.  This collective is one of the only student run circus performance clubs at a University, in the United States.  In October of 2013 Hannah auditioned students from her University and chose the ones that had potential.  With these students she created a schedule, training regimen, and eventually a show.  Hannah trained these students for four hours a day everyday for months until she achieved her goal of producing and directing her first circus show. Not only did Hannah direct and produce the show, but she also choreographed, stage managed and starred in it.  The show beautifully articulated the many different ways that love can be expressed. She used her studies on emotion and movement,  costuming, lighting, sound and more to achieve this feat. The show was the first of many that Hannah hopes to create.  If you would like see the show, contact Hannah through the contact form. 


What makes Hannah Finn so special is her unique performance style, capabilities and philosophy.  Hannah's acts are derived from raw emotions that we all experience, sometimes a story, or sometimes just a feeling.  Hannah graduated with a Bachelors degree from the University of Redlands where she spent her time at school studying the intense and mystifying connection between the moving performer and audience member; what makes the audience feel emotion, and how to deliver that through the body.  With her studies to back up her passion to inspire emotion in others; Hannah is able to deliver these emotions to the audience in such a real way that it stirs intense affect in them.  Hannah hopes to create a circus company that explores this deep subconscious understanding between movement and emotion and how it connects with the audience.  To achieve this she has specialized in such topics as dance therapy, movement theory, Jungian psychology, affect theory in terms of performance and much more.  She plans to use circus, dance and theater along with a variety of multimedia apparati to achieve her goal of creating shows all around the world.  Hannah stands out with her integration of the moving body and the mind, innovative ideas and creations.