We will gather to dance and decolonize early Israeli folk dances. Dances that were choreographed beginning in the 1930s to embody Zionist ideology. We will discuss the choreographers relationship to the diaspora, European folklore, their responses to anti-semitism, and the role of appropriated gestures from Jewish Yemenite and Palestinians communities in the creation and dissemination of new national identity. Participants at all levels are dance experience are welcome.
About the Artist: Hadar Ahuvia is a performer and choreographer and progressive Jewish educator living in Brooklyn. She has worked with Sara Rudner, Jill Sigman, Donna Uchizono, Molly Poerstel, Anna Sperber, Jon Kinzel, Stuart Shugg, Tatyana Tenenbaum, and Kathy Westwater and currently performs with Reggie Wilson/ Fist and Heel Performance Group. Her work has been presented at NYLA, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Dixon Place, CPR, and other venues throughout NYC and the northeast United States. Raised in Israel and the U.S., Ahuvia trained at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and earned a BA from Sarah Lawrence College. She was a 2012 DTW/NYLA Fresh Tracks Artists, a 2015 Movement Research Artists in Residence, a 2016 LABA Fellow at the 14th Street Y, and is the recipient of a 2017 CUNY Dance Initiative residency.
Artist Statement: My work investigates history, memory and its construction through embodied, vocal, and textual practices. I rehash codified forms to contend with gender, class, and national identities. I work through the body and its inseparable social, political, and emotional dimensions to rewrite personal and collective mythologies.