"Posing a verbal question is dumping out the puzzle pieces : you have a all the parts available, you need to spend time organizing what's available. Art asks questions we cannot arrange within a capital letter and a question mark." - Hannah Cohen
Hannah Cohen received her Masters of Arts degree in Performance Studies at New York University, Tisch School where she focused her studies on the similarities between science and performance. Prior to her tenure at NYU she graduated Summa Cum Laude receiving a bachelor’s degree as a double major one in Dance and the second in Film Studies and Production with a minor in Religious Studies from Hofstra University. She also received an Associate’s Degree in the Honors College, Hofstra University with a minor in Religious Studies. At Hofstra, she worked with Maxine Steinman, Rachel List, and Darrah Car. She also served as a choreographer’s assistant for Robin Becker and Bebe Miller/Nancy Duncan.
Currently, Cohen is an Arts Administration Intern for Robin Becker Dance Company and teaches at Union Street Dance in Brooklyn as well as Studio France in Montague, MI. She is also the co-founder of a New York City artists networking group called Je Suis which has over 1,100 members.
Hannah Cohen is the Founder and Artistic Director of Neshamah: a New York based company that explores metaphysics through dance. Neshamah is currently focusing on crafting an evening length piece in collaboration with AirSticks co-creator Alon Ilsar. They have titled this new piece “Voyager”. "Voyager" uses the narrative and sounds of NASA’s Voyager I and II to explore the shoreline where science and art converse. As a company, they have been studying many examples of those shorelines. They have also been using excerpts of Carl Sagan’s book Cosmos to lead their inquiries.
In January they performed “Voyager” at The Kraine Theater as a works-in-progress showing which included a performance of the piece and a panel discussion with notable guest scientists and artists including Dr. Tony Schultz, Kiran Rajagopalan, Dr. Donald Lubowich, and Jason Kendall.
Cohen's work has been performed in New York City, Los Angeles, Michigan, and Florence, Italy.