Anna Jayne Kimmel

PhD Candidate
Department of Performance Studies

Anna Jayne Kimmel is a PhD candidate in the Department of Theater and Performance Studies pursuing a minor in anthropology and a graduate certificate in African studies, with an emphasis in dance, memory, and public performance as politics. Her current research intersects critical dance studies and crowd theory, to analyze the resulting representations of race, national identity, and democratic affect, especially as motivated by contemporary Algerian demonstrations. As a dancer, Kimmel has performed the works of: Ohad Naharin, Trisha Brown, John Jaspers, Francesca Harper, Rebecca Lazier, Olivier Tarpaga, Marjani Forte, Susan Marshall, Loni Landon, and Christopher Ralph, amongst others. At Stanford, she devised SOLI, an evening length dance which centered experiences from death row. Kimmel holds an AB from Princeton University in French studies with certificates in African studies and dance. Her writing appears in Performance Research, with reviews published in The Drama Review (TDR) and Dance Research Journal. She currently serves on the Future Advisory Board to Performance Studies international, and as the reviews editor of Performance Research

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