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Norah Zuniga-Shaw

Norah Zuniga-Shaw

Norah Zuniga-Shaw

Associate Professor | Department of Dance | College of Arts and Sciences


(614) 292-5996

331-B Sullivant Hall
1813 N. High St.,
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Dance and Technology
  • Composition
  • Critical Theories of the Body


  • M.F.A., Dance, University of California, Los Angeles.
  • B.A., Dance and Environmental Science, Hampshire College.

Norah Zuniga Shaw’s creative and research interests center on choreographic knowledge as a locus for interdisciplinary and intercultural creativity. Her most recent work, a collaboration with William Forsythe and Maria Palazzi, is a screen-based work published online entitled Synchronous Objects for One Flat Thing, reproduced. Flowing from dance to data to visual objects, the project was launched at the Wexner Center for the Arts in 2009 and has received numerous honors including features in the New York Times and Communication Arts. Since 2009, Zuniga-Shaw has toured the project as a hybrid exhibition/workshop/lecture event to numerous sites in Europe and Asia with producing support from the Goethe Institute. She is currently working on a book about Synchronous Objects and a new collaboration with Maria Palazzi commissioned by The Forsythe Company’s Motion Bank initiative and focusing on the work of choreographers Bebe Miller and Thomas Hauert.

In addition to creating performances for venues such as PBS television and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and lecturing in public events at Spring Dance (Utrecht), Taipei Arts Festival (Taiwan), Sadler’s Wells (London), Cyberarts (Boston), Hebbel Theater (Berlin), and Harvestworks (NYC), and many others, Zuniga Shaw frequently publishes articles on her research. Since 2004, she has been Director for Dance and Technology at The Ohio State UniversityDepartment of Dance and Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD) where she teaches courses in choreography, improvisation, critical theory, interdisciplinary collaboration, and intermedia arts.

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