Pony

'Pony' is an absurd, nonsensical, useless coping mechanism for the moment. It’s a question about how we start and end (or if we ever end). It’s a reintroduction to touch. It’s a life sentence to a self help seminar designed for everyone and helpful to no one. It’s a blanket statement. It’s an entry point. It’s an essay with a beginning, middle, and no end. It’s helpful if you think of the work as a door you can go through. It’s permission to work really hard and not get there (or end up somewhere else entirely). It’s about being inflexible but learning to change. 'Pony' was commissioned and performed by GroundWorks DanceTheater.

  • Hannah Rose Garner
    Director
    2nd Best Dance Company
  • Hannah Rose Garner
    Writer
  • GroundWorks DanceTheater
    Producer
  • Channce Williams
    Key Cast
  • Annie Morgan
    Key Cast
  • Jake Nahor
    Key Cast
  • Runako Campbell
    Key Cast
  • Nicole Hennington
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 27 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 19, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, 35mm, Alexa
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Virtual Screening
    Virtual
    United States
    April 24, 2021
    YouTube
    n/a
Director Biography - Hannah Rose Garner

Hannah Garner (she/her/hers), recently awarded Dance Magazine’s ‘25 to Watch’ for 2020, graduated summa cum laude from SUNY Purchase, earning a BFA in Performance and Composition and a minor in Arts Management. While at Purchase, Hannah performed in works by Adam Barruch, Aszure Barton, Larry Keigwin, Rosalind Newman, Claire Porter, and Nicole Wolcott in addition to one semester dancing abroad at the Beijing Dance Academy. Since graduating, Hannah has worked with Doug Varone & Dancers, Raja Feather Kelly, Sue Bernhard Danceworks, Megan Williams Dance, and Rovaco Dance Company in venues such as The Joyce Theater, New York City Center, and New York Live Arts. Her work with 2nd Best Dance Company has been commissioned by SUNY Purchase College Conservatory of Dance (2018) where she continues to be a guest teaching artist. Hannah's choreography, which “tackles topics like death and queer identity through rigorous, inventive movement and wit” (Lauren Wingenroth, Dance Magazine), has also been presented through Mark Morris Dance Group/Duffy Performance Space, Dixon Place, New York International Fringe Festival, Triskelion Arts, The Wassaic Project, and appears in music videos for artists such as Half Waif and Frankie Cosmos. Hannah was recently named an Emerging Choreographer by Springboard Danse Montreal (POSTPONED DUE TO COVID). Hannah is on faculty at Gibney Dance Center and currently teaches in New York City and New Jersey.

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Director Statement

I am interested in creating, performing, and documenting physically rigorous, sometimes virtuosic, and almost always slapstick dance-plays and dance films. My collaborators and I play out absurdist scenes: we move, perform text, sing, utilize props, and ask the viewer to play active roles. Building a nexus between dance and text, humor and tragedy, performance and film excites me. We tackle big topics like death and queer identity, play very seriously, and lean into hunches that take us to uncertain and often ridiculous places all to ask: what does it mean to be alive?