About

Hannah Tasker-Poland is a multi-faceted performing artist based in Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa / Auckland, New Zealand.

Her body of work is as a dance artist, choreographer, performance artist, actor, SPFX body paint performer, stunt performer, burlesque artist, model, producer and muse.

She is the Director of arts company projectMUSE with her new full-length, dance-theatre work of the same name debuting in November 2019.

                                                                  

Hannah's first love is dance. She studied R.A.D ballet from the age of five, was a New Zealand School of Dance Junior Associate from 2000-2004 and is a 2008 graduate of Unitec New Zealand with a BA in Performing & Screen Arts majoring in Contemporary Dance. Her dance background includes Atamira Dance Company, Borderline Arts Ensemble, Footnote NZ Dance, World of Wearable Arts, Southern Lights Dance Company and as a founding member of The New Zealand Dance Company from 2012 - 2015, touring throughout Australasia and Europe. In her time off-stage Hannah loves connecting with the dance community as a guest tutor at Unitec New Zealand, The New Zealand Dance Company, Independance NZ and by facilitating movement and performance workshops for artists from multiple performance backgrounds such as dance, theatre, circus, pole dance and burlesque. Hannahs current dance focus is her first full-length work, projectMUSE, debuting at Aucklands Q Theatre in November as part of their 2019 Matchbox programme.


She is a familiar face on the NZ theatre stage having appeared in three of Auckland Theatre Companys major seasons, Lysistrata (2015), Chicago (2013) and Cabaret (2010) and most recently brought her force of nature stage presence to the  extravaganza Pleasuredome:The Musical.


Her work as an actor and stunt performer in the Film & TV industry includes feature films Ghost In The Shell, Mortal Engines, Deathgasm and The Hobbit,  TV series Ash vs Evil Dead, Spartacus and Legend of The Seeker and was a core-cast member of the 2007 TVNZ drama Rude Awakenings. She is amassing an impressive collection of music videos, having appeared as the lead in several high-level productions for some of New Zealands biggest artists.


Hannah has been a SPFX body paint  performer and model for over 15 years, collaborating predominantly with leading SPFX company BodyFX, which has been her longest running artist/muse relationship to date. Her experience in this realm involves everything from SPFX and creature  performance for film and TV, live performance at various events, festivals and shows, promotional campaigns and numerous photographic series. She was a judge at the 2018 New Zealand Body Art Awards after having been a prominent performer with the event for over a decade, bringing several award-winning creations to life. Hannah is currently focusing on forging new territory with the integration of dance and SPFX with projectMUSE - her new work which has a heavy body-paint and prosthetics component.


Hannah is prolific in the burlesque realms for her dark, avant-garde, physically brilliant, innovative and often confronting performances she has brought to the industry over the past ten years. Integrating her varied performance background into her acts and often covered in paint, prosthetics, blood  or fire, she has been a hard-hitter at events and festivals including  The Menagerie Deluxe, Big Burlesque Blowout, Carousel Cabaret,  Electrique Burlesque, New Zealand Fetish Ball, Capital Fetish Ball, Australian Burlesque Festival and was a New Zealand Burlesque Festival headliner in 2013. She regularly headlines industry and corporate events, specialty private events and even performed for Mr Quentin Tarantino who gave her three separate standing ovations for her performance!


She also works as a life model, and has an extensive modelling portfolio, collaborating with numerous photographers for collections, campaigns and personal projects.


Hannah thrives on collaborating with artists from all creative background to create visually stunning, innovative and thought provoking work. She is fiercely passionate about using her platform, her voice, her body and her artistic expression to challenge perceptions of how we view womxn in art, presenting strong body autonomy and ownership of eroticism and sexuality. She strives to exhibit the beauty of the human form and its capacity for movement, and showcase strong female storytelling and performance, making bold, compelling art that empowers and inspires.