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Leslie Satin

Part-time Faculty
(212) 998-7314
1 Wash Pl, Room 429

Office Hours
Wednesday 9-11, 2-6 Advising

B.A., Theater, SUNY Buffalo, M.A., Performance Studies, New York University, 1989
Ph.D., Performance Studies, New York University, 1997

Leslie Satin comes to her scholarly work through her professional experience as a choreographer and dancer as well as her graduate work in NYU's Department of Performance Studies. Her dances, interdisciplinary collaborations with other visual and performing artists, and workshops have been presented at many venues in New York City and elsewhere. Satin has taught and been a resident artist at Bard College, Fordham University/Ailey School, SUNY/Empire State College, and schools and studios in the US, Europe, Israel, and South America. She was a longtime member of the editorial board of Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory; she coedited a special issue, Performing Autobiography. Her writing has appeared in Re-Inventing Dance in the 1960s: Everything Was Possible, Performing Arts Journal, Dance Research Journal, Theatre Journal, Dancing Times (UK), Gesto (Brazil), Moving Words: Dance Criticism in Transition, and other publications. Satin was honored with a 2015-2016 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, an award that recognizes educators for their outstanding teaching; their ability to inspire students; a pedagogical approach that is creative and rigorous; expert advising and mentoring skills; and contributions to their field. In 2010, Professor Satin received the Gallatin Adviser of Distinction Award. Since 2013, she has received several Gallatin Jewish Studies Grants for her scholarship and dance: exploring the relationships of dance to the writing of Georges Perec and--through travel to Israel--to space, place, and identity.

Teaching and Research Interests

dance and performance; performing and visual arts; choreography; gender and performance; assemblage art; scores and structures for performance; contemporary avant-garde; arts criticism  autobiography  and creative nonfiction   

Recent News


Professor Leslie Satin received a 2019-2020 Gallatin Jewish Studies Grant for her research on French writer Georges Perec and on space, dance, and movement, autobiography, and urban (Tel Aviv) social choreography, representation, and experience.

Satin was awarded a 2017-2018 Jewish Studies Grant; her work, based on her experiences in Tel Aviv, will focus on urban social choreography and using movement practice to create a “personal cartography."

Satin received a 2015-2016 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award was established in 2009 to recognize educators for their outstanding teaching; their ability to inspire students; a pedagogical approach that is creative and rigorous; expert advising and mentoring skills; and contributions to their field. Professor Satin received a 2014-2015 Gallatin Jewish Studies Grant to support her work that has emerged from the writing of Georges Perec.


Leslie Satin contributed “Mother Tongue: Dance and Memory, an Autobiographical Excavation” to Cultural Memory and Popular Dance: Dancing to Remember, Dancing to Forget (Clare Parfitt-Brown, editor; Palgrave MacMillan, 2021).

Satin co-authored, with Claudia Brazzale, “Cell-Out: A Long-Distance Mobile Performance of Scores, Reflections, Confessions” for Streetnotes: Ethnography, Poetry and the Documentary Experience 27 (2021). 

Satin’s article, "Walking as Site Dance: Choreography and Conflict in Tel Aviv," was published in Choreographic Practices 10.1 (2019, 25-42).

Satin contributed “Embodiment and Everyday Space: Dancing with Georges Perec” to Georges Perec’s Geographies; Perecquian Geographies (Charles Forsdick, Andrew Leak, Richard Phillips, editors; 2019).

Satin's recent essays include "Georges Perec and On Kawara: Endotic Extravagance in Literature, Art, and Dance" (Literary Geographies, 2017) and "Dancing in Place: Exhaustion, Embodiment, and Perec" (Dance Research Journal, 2015). Her writing has been published in many journals and edited collections, including Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, Theatre Journal, Movement Research Performance Journal, Dancing Times (UK), Gesto (Brazil), Reinventing Dance in the 1960s: Everything was Possible (ed. Sally Banes, 2003), Moving Words: Re-Writing Dance (ed. Gay Morris, 1995).  


Satin performed Scene/Unseen, which was presented online by the Ledyard, Connecticut-based Dragon’s Egg Studio, for the PlagueProject in August 2020.

Satin performed Maps in Motion: Waterfall, Shadow’s Shadow, Picking Up Where We Left Off, Implantation, new and renewed solo and group dances at the Railyard Performance Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico on August 9, 2019.

Satin performed the duet Picking Up Where We Left Off for Sundays on Broadway by the Cathy Weis Projects at the WeisAcres in New York on May 19, 2019.

Satin taught the workshops "Dance — Walking with Trees" for the Museum of Walking's "Sound-Walk Sunday," in collaboration with Victoria Hunter and Rosie Montford, and "Moving, Writing, Thinking," in collaboration with Vicky Hunter, both at the University of Chichester, UK, on September 1-2, 2019.

Satin gave the talk, “Mother Tongue: Dance and Language, an Autobiographical Excavation,” at the Conney Conference on Jewish Arts, at 92Y in New York City, on March 31, 2019.  

Satin presented “S/He’s Not There: Perec, Place, and Performing Autobiography” at the Jews and Jewishness in the Dance World Conference, which was held at Arizona State University, from October 13-15, 2018.

Satin presented “Walking, Dancing, and the Politics of ‘No: Conflicted Sites in Tel Aviv’” at Contra: Dance and Conflict, the Dance Studies Association Conference, which was held at the University of Malta, Valetta, Malta, from July 5-8, 2018.

Satin presented the paper and improvisational site dance workshop“The Tree in the Sky: Walking and Oranges in Tel Aviv,” a collaboration with Victoria Hunter, at the Urban Matters: New Materialism Conference, which was held at Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands, from June 20-22, 2018.

Along with Victoria Hunter, Satin gave a Site Score presentation and scored group dance event, at the Artistic Doctorates in Europe Conference, which was held at University of Chichester, UK, from June 25-27, 2018.

Leslie Satin