"Tēnā koutou, Cyfarchion i gyd, Hello, I’m Hannah Tasker-Poland, a flame-haired Welsh-Pākehā based in Tāmaki Makaurau, and I truly believe that dance is ritual. I’ve spent my life dancing, creating, shape-shifting, inhabiting characters, creatures and forms of creative expression. To me this is ‘movement alchemy’ as opposed to just dance, theatre, or performance, because of how potent and transformative it is".
Hannah's first and most potent form of creative expression 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 Borderline Arts Ensemble, Atamira Dance Company, 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. Hannah's unwavering commitment to exploring, harnessing and inhabiting creative curiosity, powerful performance and clever artistry in all facets of her dance career has earned her high recognition from the arts industry:
“Her [Hannah’s] nature exudes confidence, professionalism and expert craft-making. She is a prolific artist who’s performance lifts any collaborating artists work to an outstanding level. As a solo performer Hannah is mesmerising, clever and lifts our gaze out of the mundane into the truly extraordinary”. - Kelly Nash, Choreographer.
In her time off-stage Hannah enjoys 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. Hannah is the Director of projectMUSE - a project-based arts company creating innovative, interdisciplinary and compelling dance, theatre, performance and visual art works. Her current dance focus is her first full-length work, projectMUSE, debuting at Aucklands Q Theatre , and a new physical theatre duet Les Misanthropes with her partner Emmanuel Reynaud.
NOTE: Gallery images contain nudity.