SanSan Kwan

Associate Professor

Dance, Performance Studies

Ph.D., Performance Studies, New York University.  Research interests include critical dance studies, transnational Asian American studies, theories of space and kinesthesia, and interculturalism.  SanSan is author of Kinesthetic City:  Dance and Movement in Chinese Urban Spaces (Oxford UP, 2013), as well as  co-editor, with Kenneth Speirs, of the anthology, Mixing It Up:  Multiracial Subjects (University of Texas Press, 2004). Her article on the varied and contended understandings of “contemporary” in contemporary dance is published in the December 2017 issue of Dance Research Journal.  Her work on dance artists  Jérôme Bel and Pichet Klunchun and the ethics and politics of interculturalism is in the Spring 2014 issue of Theatre Survey.  Her research on cartographies of race and the Chop Suey circuit, a group of Asian American cabaret entertainers who toured the nation during the World War II era, is published in the winter 2011 issue of TDR.  Additional articles are published in Performance Research, as well as various journals and anthologies (see CV for complete list).  She is currently working on a new book on East-West intercultural collaboration in contemporary dance.  SanSan danced professionally in New York with Joanna Mendl Shaw, Jonathon Appels, Maura Nguyen Donahue, HT Chen, and others.  She maintains a regular practice in modern dance, ballet, and yoga and is currently performing with choreographer Lenora Lee.

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