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Hannah Kosstrin, “Honest Bodies: Methods for Transnational Dance Analysis”

October 9, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Honest Bodies: Methods for Transnational Dance Analysis

Book talk by Hannah Kosstrin, Ohio State University

Organized by the UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance

Date: October 9, 2018

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: 230 Kaufman Hall

Anna Sokolow’s choreography circulated American modernist and communist ideologies through predominantly Jewish channels of the international Left between the 1930s and 1960s. In this talk, Kosstrin highlights how Sokolow’s body as a Jewish, gendered site determined her relationship to social politics in the dance landscapes of New York, Mexico City, and Tel Aviv in which she and her dance companies participated. Kosstrin introduces her framework for transnational dance analysis, “honest bodies,” and how it exposes cultural- and dance-based kinesthetic influences that implicated Sokolow and her movement practices in global dance modernism and its choreographic discourses.

Dr. Hannah Kosstrin is Assistant Professor in the Department of Dance at The Ohio State University and affiliated with the Melton Center for Jewish Studies and Center for Slavic and East European Studies. She is author of Honest Bodies: Revolutionary Modernism in the Dances of Anna Sokolow (Oxford UP, 2017).


  • Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies
  • Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies
  • Center for Near Eastern Studies


October 9, 2018
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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230 Kaufman Hall


UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance