Ana Isabel Keilson

The Lilian Karina Research Grant in Dance and Politics 2012 is awarded to Ana Isabel Keilson, a Ph.D. candidate in History at Columbia University, focusing on Modern European intellectual history.

She is a 2010-11 recipient of the Columbia University JD Fund for History Award, Columbia departmental summer research grants, as well as a language fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Ana graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Barnard College with a B.A in English Literature. She is also a professional choreographer.

Motivation: Dancer, historian and PhD Candidate Ana Isabel Keilson’s dissertation project investigates the legacy of wartime choreographers in Germany and Russia. It will provide an excellent opportunity to look at issues of exile, internment, nationality, dissidence and corporeality. The Board considers these aspects as very well adapted to the purpose of the Lilian Karina Foundation.

The grant, 70.000 SEK, will be presented to the awardee at an official occasion at the Dance Museum on Saturday the 17th of November 2012 at 12-13.30. At the occasion the awardee will give a lecture, “Valeska Nostalgia”, about the expressionist dancer Valeska Gert.

The Lilian Karina Foundation was formed as a research foundation to further the knowledge about the art of dance and how it was influenced by the political landslide of the 20th century – from the Russian revolution, further to Nazism and the influence of Indian, Asian, African and Afro American dance styles on European dance. In an appendix to her will, Lilian Karina formulated the purpose and regulations of the foundation


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