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Ania Nikulina

Research Assistant Professor, Charles E. Scheidt Faculty Fellow

German and Russian Studies; Theatre

Background

Ania Nikulina is a Research Assistant Professor with the Theatre Department at Binghamton University, her research focuses on state-sponsored ballet as a site of cultural and political tension. Specifically, Ania explores the history of ballet performances and dance training in post-Soviet state theaters and ballet schools. Prior to completing the PhD program at UC Riverside, Ania earned her Master’s degree in Performance Studies from Texas A&M University, focusing on the relationships between state-sponsored dance, artistic protest and political processes. Ania is a former recipient of the Mellon CLIR Fellowship for Dissertation Research in Original Sources, the UC Riverside Dean’s Fellowship, the CIS Humanities Graduate Student Research Grant, the UC Riverside Dissertation Research Grant, UC Riverside Alumni Graduate Research Travel Award and the UC Riverside Dean’s Distinguished Fellowship Award. Ania has diverse dance training in Ballet, Modern and Jazz dance; her additional interests include ballet ethnography, oral narratives and interviews as off-stage performances. Ania’s recent publications include “Maya Plisetskaya's The Carmen-Suite: Recovering a Hidden Repertoire,” published in Theatre Journal and “Post-Soviet Primas: Challenging Archive and Repertoire,” published in The Journal of Performance as Research.

Education

  • PhD, Critical Dance Studies, University of California, Riverside
  • MA, Performance Studies, Texas A&M University

Research Interests

  • State-sponsored dance
  • Artistic protest and censorship
  • Dance and Archives
  • Dance Ethnography
  • Cultural Diplomacy

Awards

  • 2021-22 Charles E. Scheidt Faculty Fellow
  • 2019-2020: UC Riverside Dean’s Fellowship
  • 2018-2019: Mellon CLIR Fellowship for Dissertation Research in Original Sources
  • 2018: UC Riverside Alumni Graduate Research Travel award
  • 2018: UC Riverside Dissertation Research Grant
  • 2018: CIS Humanities Graduate Student Research Award
  • 2014-2018: UC Riverside Dean’s Distinguished Fellowship Award
  • 2014: Vida Chenoweth Student Paper Prize, Society for Ethnomusicology Southern Plains

More Info

Publications:

  • Nikulina, Ania. “Maya Plisetskaya’s The Carmen-Suite: Discovering a Hidden Repertoire,” Theatre Journal, Vol. 71, Number 2, June (2019): 191-209.
  • Nikulina, Ania (2019) "Post-Soviet Primas: Challenging Archive and Repertoire," PARtake: The Journal of Performance as Research, Vol. 2, Issue 2, Feb (2019): 1-19.
  • Nikulina, Ania. “Noize MC: Mediatized Political Protest in Contemporary Russia.” Joint Conference of the Society for Ethnomusicology and American Musicological Society