Ruth Davidson Hahn
RUTH DAVIDSON HAHN, a Stanley J. Wertheimer Fellow (2013), and specially trained with Lifetime Arts, national leaders in creative aging program development, lives and teaches Dance for Parkinson’s and Contemporary Dance for the Ageless and Unstoppable in Lincoln, Nebraska. She is President, Artistic Director and Founder in 2001 of Ruth Davidson Hahn & Company (RDH&Co). Her company of dancers and musicians has performed throughout the state of Nebraska at the Lied Center for the Performing Arts, in performance collaborations with Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra, at the Red Cloud Opera House sponsored by the Willa Cather Foundation, as a featured performance of the Arts on the Green festival in Omaha, and more. One of the highlights of Ruth’s choreographic career was her collaboration with dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, creating a solo for the national tour of his evening of dance Solos with Piano or Not (2003) and having him perform this work as a guest artist with RDH&Co at the Lied Center for the Performing Arts in that same year. Ruth has also enjoyed guest teaching and choreographic projects with the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Dance Program, one of which she brought the dance students to perform her choreography as part of the Inside/Out Series at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Ruth was the resident choreographer (1997-2001) for Millennial Arts Productions, a multimedia company in NYC dedicated to creating large productions of oratorios. Her credits include but are not limited to choreographing Igor Stravinsky’s Pulcinella (1997), George Frideric Handel’s Esther aside the Jean Racine play of Esther (1998), and Handel’s Messiah (1999). She is a founding member and 21-year veteran dancer (1980-2001) of the Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG). In addition to dancing with MMDG, early in her career she danced with the Hannah Kahn Dance Company and the Don Redlich Dance Company where she had the honor of being choreographed on and performing works of the late dance master, Hanya Holm. Ruth appears in Hanya: Portrait of a Pioneer, a biographical film on the career of Ms. Holm starring Julie Andrews as narrator. Born and raised in New York City, she is an award-winning graduate of New York’s High School of Performing Arts and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from SUNY at Purchase, New York.