I’m a rhythmician.

I practice and research innovative methods of improvisation, instant composition and the creative potential of group interaction.


Rhythmics as an unique transdisciplinary field of artistic-educational practice and research unites the many facets of my artistic and mediating actions and creative techniques and exploration. It not only introduces new approaches of improvisation, instant composition and innovational techniques for music and movement interventions, it also unfolds the wide potential of interacting, creating and teaching in heterogeneous groups.

My professional education included extensive studies of the choreomusical work for experimental and contemporary music by (and with) Gisela Schwartz followed by close collaborations with both Prof. Dorothea Weise (Berlin University of the Arts) and Prof. Marianne Steffen-Wittek (University of Music Franz Liszt LISZT Weimar) with whom I shared artistic, conceptual and education-related topics.

Since 2017 I am leading the department of Music & Movement/Rythmics at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna and have since had the opportunity to collaborate with Rose Breuss, William Edouard Franck, Maria Gstättner-Heckel, Johannes Hiemetsberger, Markus Kupferblum, Sebastian Prantl among others.

Selected Publications

Improvisation and Transformation – A Look at Two Phenomena in the Study of Rhythmics

Erschienen in: mdw Magazin

„Aesthetic transformation is characterised by highly individual ways of perceiving and being affected by the expressive media6 of music, the human body, imagery, and language. The attempt to affect an analogue portrayal of the aesthetic statement made by one medium (the body) via a second, different medium (music) is of great interest as an object of research, since these expressive media are beholden to laws both similar and different. Which is to say: How can the body (as a phenomenon anchored in space) be translated into music (which is a phenomenon that exists only within temporal structures)? How can events situated in space, time, force, and form be expressed musically as well as via movement?“  (Excerpt)
Autoren: Hanne Pilgrim, Jutta Goldgruber-Galler, Nora Schnabl, Herta Hirmke-Toth, Hrsg.: mdw – Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien, Erscheinungsjahr: 2018

Transfer. Perform. Transform - Betrachtungen zur Transformation in der Rhythmik

Erschienen in: Rhythmik – Musik und Bewegung – Transdisziplinäre Perspektiven

Autor: Hanne Pilgrim, Hrsg.: Marianne Steffen-Wittek, Dorothea Weise, Dierk Zaiser, Verlag: transcript, Erscheinungsjahr: 2019, ISBN: 978-3-8376-4371-8

Moving Messiaen - Skizzen zu einer Lecture Performance.

Erschienen in: Klänge in Bewegung – Spurensuchen in Choreografie und Performance

Autoren: Maria Hector, Dorothea Weise und Hanne Pilgrim, Hrsg.: Sabine Karoß, Stephanie Schroedter, Verlag: transcript, Erscheinungsjahr: 2019, ISBN: 978-3-8394-3991-3

Spielgesten als sichtbares und schöpferisches Element in improvisierter Musik

Erschienen in: Improvisation – Reflexionen und Praxismodelle aus Elementarer Musikpädagogik und Rhythmik

Autor: Hanne Pilgrim, Hrsg.: Marianne Steffen-Wittek, Michael Dartsch, Verlag: ConBrio, Erscheinungsjahr: 2014, ISBN: 978-3-940768-48-3