Anna Paliy

PhD Candidate

Working Dissertation


Moving Dance from Stage to Image: Ballet in Women's Visual Art, 1910-1930


Dr. Sarah Gutsche-Miller, Dr. Xing Fan


Anna Paliy is a doctoral candidate in the Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies at University of Toronto, with an MA and BA in Comparative Literature. Her dissertation, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, analyses artistic receptions of ballet across cultures at the start of the twentieth century. The project explores how the sensory language of dance is historically represented by women in visual art forms such as drawing, painting, and sculpture. Anna is a member, research assistant, and social media coordinator at the Institute for Dance Studies, as well as a 2019 alumna of the Emerging Arts Critics Programme organized by the National Ballet of Canada, Canadian Opera Company, and Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Her essays have been published in the journals Kino (University of Western Ontario), Semicolon (University of Western Ontario), and Transverse (University of Toronto), while her music and dance reviews appear in The Dance Current and The WholeNote magazines. Formerly a provincially competitive rhythmic gymnast in Kiev/Ukraine, Lyon/France, and Ontario, Anna now enjoys practicing circus acrobatics and painting in her spare time. 

Recent Publications:

Dance Concert Review, March 13, 2020
Dance Concert Review, November 8, 2019
Dance Concert Review, November 30, 2019
Dance Concert Review, May 2019 
Music Concert Review, February 2019 
Dance Concert Review, December 2018

Honours/Awards or Grants Received:

The Lise Lone Marker Fellowship in Theatre History, 2019 


MA, University of Toronto: Comparative Literature/Book History and Print Culture
Honours BA, Western University: Comparative Literature with international exchange courses in Philology at the National University at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (NaUKMA) in Kyiv, Ukraine