Elissa Hanson is a performing artist and multidisciplinary collaborator who gratefully resides on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. She investigates somatic, theatrical and political gestures. Elissa has performed and collaborated with Kinesis Somatheatro, Justine A.Chambers, EDAM Dance, Fight With a Stick, Mascall Dance, The Biting School, been a guest performer with battery opera, Company 605, and Pressed Paradise, as well as toured nationally and internationally with Out Innerspace Dance Theatre, Deanna Peters, and MOVE: the company. She has worked as a rehearsal director, teacher, moderator, outside/inside eye, assisted Jennifer Mascall in Experiential Anatomy workshops, and joined Josh Beamish as a mentor in his Choreographic Mentorship Program for talented youth from Western Canada. Her training and performing has taken her to France, Germany, Israel, Spain, and Thailand. Elissa’s independent work comprises several solo dances, installation, and video works, and expanding her teaching practice in TRE technique by Dr. David Berceli, specializing in releasing body trauma.