Hannah Santistevan grew up in Colorado and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from Columbia College Chicago. Her choreographic and performative values are inspired by self-discovery and creates work that challenges (and often aligns with) events common to the human experience and emotional processing. She values vulnerability and dynamic energy as a person and artist. Her work is multidisciplinary, including collaboration with artists who specialize in music, film, and visual art/animation projections. Santistevan recently premiered an evening length solo, “Elevator to Stairs”, which was performed at Links Hall Chicago. Santistevan’s technical dance training includes: Ballet, Modern/Contemporary, Contact Improvisation, Improvisation as Performance, West African, Tap, and Jazz.
Santistevan’s performance experience includes participation in works choreographed by Carrie Hanson, Onye Ozuzu, Erika Randall, Victor Alexander, Kristina Isabelle, Margi Cole, and Kyle Seguin. Immediately following her graduation from Columbia College Chicago, Santistevan was invited to dance with The Seldoms – a contemporary dance theater company in Chicago. She performed and toured with The Seldoms for two consecutive years. Santistevan has participated in an ongoing work entitled, Black Saint and the Sinner Lady/Touch My Beloved’s Thought, conceived by Onye Ozuzu. This work has been performed at the Jay Pritzker Pavillion in Chicago and several times at Links Hall. Santistevan continues to participate in freelance performances and projects throughout the city of Chicago.