Assistant Professor of Instruction Director of the Ohio University Summer Dance Institute
Benny Simon, MA, is a dancer, educator, and PhD candidate at The Ohio State University. His research engages with dance and performance studies, new media theory, and critical posthumanism, focusing on how the intersection of dance and technology can model sustainable futures. Alongside this research he continues a 19-year teaching and choreographic practice, focusing on contemporary release technique, composition, and intermedia dance performance. Benny has been on faculty at BalletMet for the past two years, and previously held faculty and teaching artist positions at Gibney Dance, The Mark Morris Dance Center, Peridance Capezio Center, and at New York University and Brandeis University. His latest work, Orbit and Sum, was performed at the Agnes Varis Theater in New York. Most recently, Benny presented the paper, Kissing Drones: Embodied Relationships with Surveillance Technologies at the Dance Studies Association conference at Northwestern.