Savannah contextualizes her movement by integrating words, music, and cross-medium collaboration. She seeks to examine American society through the lens of puritanism, prejudice, and complacency. Her work explores how religion, tradition, social grace, conformity, fear of the unfamiliar, fear of the body, and feelings of powerlessness encourage silence and ignorance in the face of injustice. Her work encourages audiences to look at repeated patterns of cruelty and questions how we can break from them.
Choreographer and artist Savannah Dunn graduated from Butler University magna cum laude with Honors in Dance Performance and a minor in Creative Writing. Upon moving to Chicago she spent time on scholarship at Lou Conte Studio and as an apprentice with Chicago Repertory Ballet. She was a company member with Columbus Dance Theater for their 2018/2019 season before returning to Chicago to attend Hubbard Street's Professional Development Program under the direction of Alexandra Wells and pursue her artistic career as a choreographer. Her dance career and training has afforded her the opportunity to work with artists such as Alice Klock and Florian Lochner, Peter Chu, Adam Barruch, Robyn Mineko Williams, Jonathan Alsberry, Rena Butler, Jenna Pollack, Ryan Mason, David Norsworthy, Jan Erkert, Susan Van Pelt Petry, Stella Kane, Laura Wade, Shannon Alvis, Lesley Telford, Wade Schaaf, Jaime Kotrba, and Seth Williams.
In January of 2020, she co-founded Little Fire Artist Collective with eighteen other artists to create an alternative model to traditional dance companies. The collective focuses on mutual support, horizontal structure, democratic decision-making, and collaborative processes.
She has received previous grant funding through the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the Illinois Arts Council’s Individual Artist Professional Development Grant. Her work has been shown at the Indianapolis Arts Festival hosted at the Schrott Center in Indianapolis, Columbus Dances Fellowship at Fisher’s Theater, Dancers Making Dances for Columbus Dance Theater, and at The Studebaker Theater for HSPro’s Mid-year Showcase.