Texas Tech University

Tanya Calamoneri, Dr.

Assistant Professor - Dance
Theatre and Dance

Email: tanya.calamoneri@ttu.edu

Phone: 806-834-7896

Tanya Calamoneri is a dancer, choreographer, and dance cultural studies scholar. Her primary area of research is butoh dance, a post-WWII Japanese performance form that uses imagery as its impetus and methodology for creating environment, state and movement. She also writes about issues concerning the migration of forms across cultural boundaries in a globalized world. Her writing has been published in Routledge's Theatre, Dance and Performance Training JournalDance ChronicleMovement Research Journal and a chapter on butoh pedagogy in the Routledge Butoh Companion is forthcoming. Her New York-based company, Company SoGoNo, received grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, New York Arts Foundation, American Music Center's Live Music for Dance and Puffin Foundation, and awards from the New York Innovative Theatre Awards.

Previously in San Francisco, she was a member of Shinichi Koga's butoh-based 
inkBoat, co-directed violent dwarf performance collaborative, co-founded the Experimental Performance Institute at New College of California, and danced with Kim Epifano and Jess Curtis. To support her dance habit, she worked as an arts administrator, serving as the Executive Director of Dancers' Group in San Francisco, and in New York as Co-Executive Director of The Field and Project Manager of the State Department's cultural diplomacy program, DanceMotion USA, administrated by the Brooklyn Academy of Music. She is currently working on a book project about the history of butoh dance in the Americas, encompassing the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Tanya Calamoneri

Degrees Held:

PhD in Dance, Temple University

MA in Dance, New York University

BA in International Studies, American University