Choreographed by Emily Hansel
Performed by Post:ballet dancers Crystaldawn Bell, Mia J. Chong, Colin Frederick, Caitlin Hicks, Moscelyne ParkeHarrison, Anthony Pucci, and Benjamin Warner
Music composed by Joan Jeanrenaud
Performed by musicians from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Lighting design by David Robertson and Thomas Bowersox
Costume design by Aine Dorman

Knock was commissioned by Post:ballet as part of their collaboration with Kronos Quartet entitled, still be here. Knock premiered April 20-22, 2023 at the YBCA Forum, San Francisco, CA.



Concept, choreography, and performance by Emily Hansel
Music by Sophia Cotraccia
Filmed by Colin Frederick

skull is a short dance film commissioned by Dance Thrill Fest, "an annual dance film festival curated by REYES Dance featuring short dance film works from local bay area artists exploring themes of horror, thrill, comedy and everything in between." It premiered on October 26th, 2022 at the Roxie Theater, San Francisco, CA.

Four by Four


Choreographed and directed by Emily Hansel
Co-created and performed by Alex Carrington, Mia J. Chong, Shareen DeRyan, and Chelsea Reichert
Lighting and scenic design by Thomas Bowersox

Four by Four is an evening-length work which premiered at ODC Theater in May 2022. Four by Four was made possible by contributions from the California Arts Council, ODC Theater’s Rental Discount Initiative, Steppin’ Out Dance Studio, and RoundAntennae.

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Four by Four press

Thoughts on “Four by Four” by Heather Desaulniers

In “Four by Four” The Process Is Transparent by Kathryn Florez for ODC Dance Stories

“Four by Four” by Emily Hansel: Reflections on Product as Process by Molly Rose-Williams for the Life As A Modern Dancer blog

Holding juxtaposition: post-performance reflections on "Four by Four" by Emily Hansel for the Life As A Modern Dancer blog

Three dancers performing in Four by Four



Choreographed by Emily Hansel
Performed by The Berkeley Ballet Theater Studio Company
Composition and live music by multi-instrumentalist Vân-Ánh Võ

Rabble was commissioned by Berkeley Ballet Theater and premiered at BAMPFA in March, 2022 in Berkeley, CA.

18 teenagers performing in Rabble

Eight Whiskus


Co-choreographed by Robin Dekkers and Emily Hansel
Performed by Emily Hansel

A site-specific dance for film co-choreographed with Robin Dekkers for Post:ballet which premiered virtually on January 7, 2021.

Secret Code


Choreographed by Emily Hansel

Secret Code was commissioned by the Lindenwood University Dance Program which premiered in November 2020 in St. Charles, MO.

Soloist performing Secret Code



Directed, choreographed, and performed by Emily Hansel

PHANTOM was developed during a residency at SAFEhouse Arts and premiered at SAFEhouse in January, 2019.

Vertical Words


Choreographed by Emily Hansel
Performed by Emily Hansel, Moses Kaplan, and Chelsea Reichert

Vertical Words was presented at CounterPulse in January, 2018. An abridged version was performed at LEVYsalon in April, 2018.

Vertical Words, performed at LEVYsalon



Choreographed by Emily Hansel
Performed by Rachel Berryman, Malia Byrne, Katie House, and Nick Wagner

Scale was presented by the Young Choreographers' Forum SF at the Joe Goode Annex in March, 2017.



Choreographed and performed by Emily Hansel
Computer program by Michael Fix

untitled_37.txt premiered on April 27, 2016 at the University of South Florida. This piece was the fruit of Emily’s Honors Thesis for the Honors College at USF. untitled_37.txt was the culmination of over a year’s worth of research on the subjectivity of language.

No Reason


Choreographed by Emily Hansel for five dancers
Music by Ratatat
Originally performed by Natalie Bohin, Katie Kulasa, Raven Moore, Brent Townend, and Demetrius Tucker

No Reason premiered at the University of South Florida’s Theatre One in December 2015. It was later selected to be presented at the 2016 Southeast ACDA Conference, where it received rave reviews from the adjudicators for its originality as a “sophisticated fusion of dance theater, improvisation, and contemporary movement.”

No Reason

Not Empty


Choreographed, performed, and directed by Emily Hansel.

Not Empty



Choreographed and performed by Emily Hansel and Jessica Zizzo.
Music by ltlp, additional audio from Patrick McCarty.

Insatiable was created in 2015 at the University of South Florida.




Choreographed by Emily Hansel.
Performed by Hannah Luckow, Alyssa Marchand, Robert Kelley, Hannah Mainellis, Monica Moneses, Cloe Leppard, and Dayne Davis.
Music by Philip Glass and Yo-Yo Ma.