vita

Harmony Bench. Photo by Kassidy Bradford. 2016.

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Dance at The Ohio State University and co-editor of The International Journal of Screendance with Simon Ellis. My writing has appeared in the Oxford Handbook of Dance and the Popular Screen, Choreographies of 21st Century War, and Dance on Its Own Terms as well as Theatre Journal, The International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, and Performance Matters, among others. Current projects include an open-access book in contract with University of Minnesota Press, Dance as Common: Movement as Belonging in Digital Cultures, as well as the digital humanities projects Mapping Touring, which focuses on the performance engagements of early 20th century dance companies, and Dance in Transit, a collaboration with Kate Elswit that considers transportation infrastructure and support networks in Katherine Dunham’s dance touring of the 1950s. Both of these digital works in progress can be found at http://movementonthemove.osu.edu/. Elswit and I recently received a 3-year Arts and Humanities Research Council grant to continue our data analysis research on Dunham’s touring, travel, and support networks. More information on Dunham’s Data: Katherine Dunham and Digital Methods for Dance Historical Inquiry is forthcoming.

Current Position

Associate Professor, The Ohio State University, Department of Dance
Affiliated Faculty in: Folklore; Theatre; Translational Data Analytics; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Education

PhD, Culture and Performance, University of California, Los Angeles (2009)
MA, Performance Studies, New York University (2003)
BA, Women’s Studies, University of Utah (2001)
BFA, Ballet, University of Utah (2001)

Book Projects

Monograph: Dance as Common: Movement as Belonging in Digital Cultures. Manuscript in progress.

Digital Projects

Movement on the Move (ongoing) http://movementonthemove.osu.edu/
“Dance in Transit” with Kate Elswit, in development 2016-present
“Mapping Touring” Database and data visualization 2014-present: http://movementonthemove.osu.edu/project-mapping-touring
“Mascot Moskovina” 2013 http://scalar.usc.edu/works/mascot-moskovina/index

Peer Reviewed Publications

[[Submitted]] “Screendance,” Sherril Dodds, ed. Cambridge Companion to Dance
[[Forthcoming]] “‘Complex Temporalities’: Digitality and the Ephemeral Tense in Adam H. Weinert’s ‘The Reaccession of Ted Shawn’,” Jens Giersdorf and Yutian Wong, ed. Routledge Dance Studies Reader 3rd Edition.
[[Forthcoming]] “Arranging (enchaînement),” Rachel Fensham, section ed. “Doing and Making” in Celia Lury, ed. Handbook of Interdisciplinary Research Methods.
“Mapping Movement on the Move: Dance Touring and Digital Methods,” with Kate Elswit, Theatre Journal 68.4, pp. 575-596. https://muse.jhu.edu/article/645397
“Dancing in Digital Archives: Circulation, Pedagogy, Performance,” Maaike Bleeker, ed. Transmission in Motion: The Technologization of Dance. London: Routledge, 2016. pp. 155-167.
“Improvising Philosophy: Thoughts on Teaching and Ways of Being,” Performance Matters 2.1 (2016): 86-91. Web. http://performancematters-thejournal.com/index.php/pm/article/view/31.
“Affective Temporalities: Dance, Media, and the War on Terror,” Gay Morris and Jens Giersdorf, ed. Choreographies of 21st Century War, Oxford: Oxford UP, 2016. pp. 157-179.
“Monstrous Belonging: Performing ‘Thriller’ After 9/11,” Melissa Blanco, ed. Oxford Handbook of Dance and the Popular Screen, Oxford: Oxford UP, 2014. pp. 393-411.
“Gestural Choreographies: Embodied Disciplines and Mobile Media,” The Oxford Handbook to Mobile Music Studies, New York: Oxford UP, 2014. pp. 238-256.
“‘Single Ladies’ is Gay: Queer Performances and Mediated Masculinities on YouTube,” Melanie Bales and Karen Eliot, ed. Dance on Its Own Terms: Histories and Methodologies, Oxford: Oxford UP, 2013. pp. 127-151.
“Screendance 2.0: Dance and Social Media,” Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies, special edition Screen Dance Audiences, 7.2 (Nov. 2010). http://www.participations.org/Volume%207/Issue%202/special/bench.htm.
“Anti-Gravitational Choreographies: Strategies of Mobility in Screendance,” The International Journal of Screendance 1.1 (2010): 53-61. http://dx.doi.org/10.18061/ijsd.v1i0.6138
“Computational Choreographies: Performance in Dance Online,” The International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media 5.2 and 3 (2009): 155-169.
“Media and the No-place of Dance,” Forum Modernes Theater, 23.1 (2008): 37-47.

Selected Short Pieces and Editor Reviewed Publications

“Scaffolding Story: Becoming Devisers.” Be the Street. 2018. http://go.osu.edu/CENz
“Be the Street Welcome Video.” Dir. Harmony Bench, with Doug Dangler and John Slavnik (video capture) and Scott Sprague (video editing). Be the Street. 2017. http://go.osu.edu/CBgJ
“Life Becomes Art: Devising Performance with Albany Park Theater Project.” Be the Street. 2017. http://go.osu.edu/B5RV
“‘Being Human is Interdisciplinary’: Building Ensemble with Albany Park Theater Project.” Be the Street. 2017. http://go.osu.edu/B3zZ
“Dance on Camera at 45,” The International Journal of Screendance 8.1 (2017). http://dx.doi.org/10.18061/ijsd.v8i0.5840
“Editorial: Solo/Screen,” with Simon Ellis, The International Journal of Screendance 8.1 (2017). http://dx.doi.org/10.18061/ijsd.v8i0.5891
“Editorial: Field Perceptions,” with Simon Ellis, The International Journal of Screendance 6.1 (2016). http://dx.doi.org/10.18061/ijsd.v6i0.5250
“Screendance: Learning, Teaching, Living,” an interview with Jason Bahling, Ben Estabrook, Natalie Gotter, Eric Nordstrom, and Ellen Maynard, The International Journal of Screendance 6.1 (2016). http://dx.doi.org/10.18061/ijsd.v6i0.5232
“Editor’s Note: On Community, Collaboration, and Difference,” with Simon Ellis, The International Journal of Screendance 5.1 (2015). http://dx.doi.org/10.18061/ijsd.v5i0.4866
“Mobilizing Subjectivity: An Interview with Victoria Marks,” The International Journal of Screendance 5.1 (2015). http://dx.doi.org/10.18061/ijsd.v5i0.4662
“Maya Deren: A Prologue,” The International Journal of Screendance 3.1 (2013). http://journals.library.wisc.edu/index.php/screendance/issue/current
“Introduction: Amelia Jones,” The International Journal of Screendance 2.1 (2012). http://journals.library.wisc.edu/index.php/screendance/issue/view/46
“Of Skins and Screens: Hyperdance, Haptic Cinema, and Contact Improvisation,” Extensions: The Online Journal for Embodiment and Technology 3 (2007). http://www.performancestudies.ucla.edu/extensionsjournal/bench.htm.

Selected Grants, Awards, and Fellowships

Arts and Humanities Research Council, 2018 (£566,000 for Dunham’s Data: Katherine Dunham and Digital Methods for Dance Historical Inquiry)
OSU Virginia Hull Research Award, 2017 ($2,500 for “Transmissions: Katherine Dunham on the Global Stage)
OSU Arts and Humanities Discovery Theme, 2016 ($100,000 for “Be the Street: A Performance Studies Project on Human Mobility and Placemaking”; Ana Puga Principal Investigator)
Battelle Engineering, Technology and Human Affairs with OSU College of Arts and Sciences, 2016 ($55,000 for “Dance in Transit”; Kate Elswit Co-Investigator)
OSU Research and Creative Activity Grant, 2014 ($19,000 for “Mapping Touring”)

Selected Professional Activities and Service

Co-editor, The International Journal of Screendance 2014-present
Board of Directors, Congress on Research in Dance 2012-2015; Recording Secretary 2013-2015
Co-convenor, Performance/Politics Working Group, Humanities Institute, Ohio State 2012-2015
Steering Committee, Digital Arts and Humanities Working Group, Humanities Institute, Ohio State 2012-2014
Editorial Board, The International Journal of Screendance 2010-2014
Editor, Extensions: The Online Journal for Embodiment and Technology 2003-2008