1936– January 15, 2015
Nana was the founder and artistic director of the Chicago Moving Company, one of the first modern dance troupes in the Midwest. Created in 1972. She touched the lives of hundreds of students as a teacher and reached audiences around the world as a dancer and choreographer. After attending Evanston Township High School, she received an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Northwestern University. She also earned a master's from Columbia, and taught math for a time at New Trier High School. Some of her movement pieces showed the influence of her interest in math, as well as in far eastern culture and religion. Nana taught dance and movement for more than 30 years at Columbia College Chicago’s interdisciplinary arts graduate program. Since the mid-1990s, the Chicago Moving Company was arts partner in residence at the Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood. Nana received a number of awards and honors, including choreographic fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council, and the Chicago Dance Coalition's Ruth Page Award for lifetime service in the field. She is survived by daughter, Lisa Farrell; son, Otto; and four grandchildren.