In Transit (2016), filmed and edited by Malia Bruker, features a conversation between Hannah and Mayo Akinruli, a Nigerian émigré. The two met while walking in Hamburg in 2015, and then again by happenstance in 2016. On the first occasion, they spent several hours walking a landscape they both only partially knew. Both had only newly arrived in Hamburg; Hannah, in search of her Jewish grandmother’s roots, and Mayo, in search of work. When they met again at random the following year, the chance encounter surprised them. In Transit depicts the improvisatory nature of what happened next, as they set out to share their stories of migration and connection through dance and interview.
Refuge is a series of movement workshops led by Hannah in Hamburg, Germany exploring the subject of “dancing exile.” In these workshops, Hannah works with a group of Afghan refugees currently seeking political asylum in Hamburg. Hannah is teaming up with filmmaker and collaborator Malia Bruker to create a dance film within a documentary of the workshops and their participants. This movement-driven performance and film project provides an opportunity for the group to humanize an alienating experience, and recognize the expressive power of a collaborative creative process.