Jenny Oyallon-Koloski


          446B Gregory Hall


  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • C.M.A. (Certified Movement Analyst) Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies
  • M.A. University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • B.A. Carleton College


  • Assistant Professor of Media and Cinema Studies

Course Specialties

  • International and Transnational Cinema
  • Digital Media Production; Stylistics
  • Transmedia Storytelling
  • Production Cultures
  • Industry Studies
  • Videographic Criticism
  • Movement in Media
  • Genre Studies

Research/Creative Endeavor
My work applies a sophisticated interdisciplinary methodology to study human movement in media with a historical and medium-specific focus. My current project provides a critical intervention in the way film scholars study figure movement and dance on screen. I combine the methodological tools of film studies with those of dance studies, specifically Laban Movement Analysis (LMA), in which I am certified by the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies. As case studies for this methodology, I analyze key films by the French director Jacques Demy and offer a revisionist history of his career and relationship to genre cinema and the Hollywood musical. I also serve as the movement analysis expert for the Media Ecology Project, based at Dartmouth College. I have developed an annotation system for scaled close and distant analysis to analyze and document gestural patterns for MEP’s pilot project on Florence Lawrence and performance in silent cinema.