Dr. Allana Lindgren

Dr. Allana Lindgren
Dean of Fine Arts
Office: Fine Arts, Rm 116

BA (Honours) University of Victoria, MA York University, PhD University of Toronto

Area of expertise

Theatre History: dance history, theatre history, modernism, Canadian cultural history

Areas of Research & Creative Activity

North American dance history, modernism, Canadian theatre history, Canadian cultural history, Canadian cultural diplomacy, oral history and the performing arts, and theories of embodiment.


Brief Biography

Before beginning university, Dr. Lindgren was a student at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Professional Division. She received her BA (Honours) in English Literature from the University of Victoria, her MA in Dance History from York University and her Ph.D. in Theatre History from the Graduate Centre for Study of Drama at the University of Toronto. She has been a visiting faculty member at the University of Calgary and a Research Visitor at the University of Ottawa’s Institute of Canadian Studies.

Her research and publications have been supported by a variety of funding agencies, including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts. She is currently a co-investigator of "Gatherings: Archival and Oral Histories of Canadian Performance," a nation-wide SSHRC-funded Partnership Development Grant. She is also the Dance Subject Editor for the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism and the General Editor of The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernist Dance (forthcoming)

Dr. Lindgren was a member of the Executive of the Board of Directors for the Society of Dance History Scholars (a constituent member of the American Council of Learned Societies) from 2007 to 2010. She is currently the Co-Chair of the Program Committee for the 2020 Dance Studies Association conference, which will be held in Vancouver.

As part of her community outreach activities, Dr. Lindgren is the creator and principal researcher for the digita Oral History Dance Project. She has hosted post-show chats for the Canada Dance Festival at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. For Dance Victoria, she has hosted pre-show chats and dance salons, and served on the organization's Board of Director

Selected Publications

Monographs and Collections    

  • Vickery, Anthony, Glen Nichols, and Allana C. Lindgren, Eds. Canadian Performance Documents and Debates. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press. July 2022. 623 pgs.
  • Lindgren, Allana C., and Batia Boe Stolar, and Clara Sacchetti, Eds. Moving Together: Dance and Pluralism in Canada. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2021, 392 pgs.
  • Ross, Stephen, and Allana C. Lindgren, Eds. The Modernist World. Abingdon-on-Thames and New York: Routledge, 2015. 
  • Lindgren, Allana C. and Kaija Pepper, Eds. Renegade Bodies: Canadian Dance in the 1970s.Toronto: Dance Collection Danse Press/es, 2012.  
  • Lindgren, Allana. From Automatism to Modern Dance: Françoise Sullivan with Franziska Boas in New York. Toronto: Dance Collection Danse Press/es, 2003. 

Book Chapters 

  • Lindgren, Allana C. “Beyond Primary Sources: Using Dance Documentation to Examine Attitudes towards Diversity in the Massey Commission (1949-1951),” in Canadian Performance Histories and Historiographies, Ed. Heather Davis-Fisch. Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press: 141-160. 
  • Lindgren, Allana C. “Modernist Dance: An Introduction,” in Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, General Editor Stephen Ross, Abingdon-on-Thames and New York: Routledge, 2016. [https://www.rem.routledge.com/articles/overview/dance-subject-overview
  • Lindgren, Allana C. “English-Canadian Ethnocentricity: The Case Study of Boris Volkoff at the 1936 Nazi Olympics,” in The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Ethnicity. Ed. Anthony Shay. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016: 412-437. 
  • Lindgren, Allana C. “Embodied Modernism: Dance in Canada and the United States,” in The Modernist World. Eds. Stephen Ross and Allana C. Lindgren. Abingdon-on-Thames and New York: Routledge, 2015: 528-537.
  • Lindgren, Allana C. “The National Ballet of Canada’s Normative Bodies: Legitimizing and Popularizing Dance in Canada during the 1950s,” in Contesting Bodies and Nation in Canadian History. Eds. Patrizia Gentile and Jane Nicholas. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013: 180-202. 
  • Lindgren, Allana C. “The Movement on Stage: Second-Wave Feminism and Gynocentric Dance in Canada,” in Renegade Bodies: Canadian Dance in the 1970s. Eds. Allana C. Lindgren and Kaija Pepper. Toronto: Dance Collection Danse Press/es, 2012: 37-56. 
  • Lindgren, Allana. “Françoise Sullivan: An Introduction.” Canadian Dance: Visions and Stories. Eds. Selma Odom and Mary-Jane Warner.Toronto: Dance Collection Danse Press/es, 2004: 10.

Articles Published in Refereed Journals

  • Lindgren, Allana C. “The Other D Keynote Address: Disciplinarity and the Future of Dance in Canadian Universities,” Performance Matters 2.2 (2016): 84-94. [Open-access: http://performancematters-thejournal.com/index.php/pm/article/view/55/81]
  • Lindgren, Allana C. “Civil Rights Strategies in the United States: Franziska Boas’s Activist Use of Dance, 1933-1965.” Dance Research Journal 45.2 (August 2013): 25-62.
  • Lindgren, Allana C. “Critiquing On-Screen Stereotypes of Dancers: Baryshnikov (1974) and Sonovovitch (1975).” Quarterly Review of Film and Video 30.5 (2013): 449-461.  
  • Lindgren, Allana C. “Merrill Denison: The Political and Modernist Writer at 120.” Theatre Research in Canada/Recherches théâtrales au Canada 34.2 (2013): 281-292.  
  • Lindgren Allana C. “Holistic Pedagogy in Practice: The Curriculum and Ideology of Embodied Self-Discovery in Franziska Boas’s Dance Classes, 1933-1965.” Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices 4.2 (November 2012): 160-177.  
  • Lindgren, Allana C. “Rethinking Automatist Interdisciplinarity: The Relationship between Dance and Music in the Early Choreographic Works of Jeanne Renaud and Françoise Sullivan, 1948-1950.” Circuit: musiques contemporaines 21.3 (Fall 2011): 39-53.
  • Lindgren, Allana C. “Amy Sternberg’s Historical Pageant (1927): The Performance of IODE Ideology during Canada’s Diamond Jubilee.” Theatre Research in Canada/Recherches théâtrales au Canada 32.1 (Spring 2011): 1-29.
  • Lindgren, Allana C. and Amy Bowring. “The Choreographer’s Trust: Negotiating Authority in Peggy Baker’s Archival Project.” Dance Chronicle, Studies in Dance and the Related Arts 34.1 (2011): 77-105. 

    • Reprinted as Lindgren, Allana C. and Amy Bowring. “The Choreographer’s Trust: Negotiating Authority in Peggy Baker’s Archival Project.” Ed. Lynn Brooks. Preserving Dance as a Living Legacy. London and New York: Routledge, 2013: 35-63.  
  • Lindgren, Allana C. “The National Ballet of Canada and Kimberly Glasco Legal Arbitration Case.” The Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society 39.2 (Summer 2009): 101-116.
  • Lindgren, Allana. “In the Family Way: The Politicization of Motherhood in Merrill Denison’s Marsh Hay (1923).” Theatre Research in Canada/Recherches théâtrales au Canada 27.1 (2006): 31-55. [Appeared in 2007.]
  • Lindgren, Allana. “The Pioneering Work of Franziska Boas at Bellevue Hospital in New York, 1939-1943.” American Journal of Dance Therapy 28.2 (Fall/Winter 2006): 59-86.