Zena Bibler

Zena Bibler is a dancer and current PhD candidate at the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her dissertation project, “Attention Matters: Political Choreographies of Noticing in American Postmodern Dance Improvisation” considers attention as a choreographic phenomenon that has been used to direct bodily actions in both dance and non-dance spaces. Bibler was a 2020 recipient of the Dance Studies Association’s Selma Jeanne Cohen Award for excellence in dance scholarship and her writing appears in PARtake: The Journal of Performance as Research, Contact Quarterly, and the LA-based performance writing blog, Riting. Her performance works have been presented domestically and internationally at venues such as Pieter Performance Space, HomeLA, Movement Research at the Judson Church, NADA Hudson, Lublin International Dance Theatres Festival (Poland), Museum Perron Oost (The Netherlands), Cairo Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (Egypt), and SESC Villa Mariana (Brazil). Her perspective on attention’s embodied implications has been shaped through many hours spent dancing with teachers and collaborators including Katie Baer Schetlick, mayfield brooks, Anya Cloud, Jeanine Durning, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Nia Love, Darrian O’Reilly, Nancy Stark Smith, Brandin Steffensen, Andrew Suseno, and Lailye Weidman.

Research Interests

Critical dance studies, critical improvisation studies, sensory studies, phenomenology, critical race theory, theories of space and place, practice-based research

[Profile photo by: Whitney Browne]

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