"Everything you have is yours?"

"Everything you have is yours?"- was the question an Israeli security official asked me when I went to renew my passport. I continue to ask the question as I consider my relationship to my Israeli heritage. "Everything you have is yours?" explores the construction of Israeli identity through the performance of Israeli folk dance — with attention to gestures appropriated from Palestinian and Arab Jewish traditions. The investigation also explores the double-appropriation of Israeli folk dance by American Christian Zionists in their own pursuit of “authenticity.” 

Conceived and directed by Hadar Ahuvia
Original Text by Hadar Ahuvia with Mor Mendel and lily bo shapiro
Performed by Hadar Ahuvia, Mor Mendel and lily bo shapiro
Projections by Gil Sperling
Dramaturgy lily bo shapiro
Dramaturgical support Stacy Grossfield, Rowan Magee
Sound Design by Avi Amon
Lighting Design Kryssy Wright

Premiered at the 14th St Y February 8-10, 2018.

video available upon request.


Must see, last chance: Hadar Ahuvia at 14th Street Y- Review by Eva Yaa Asantewaa

Her Roots Are Tangled in Folk Dance and Israel- Preview in the NYT by Siobhan Burke

The Dances Are for Us - Essay by Hadar Ahuvia on Infinite Body- art and creative consciousness by Eva Yaa Asantewaa

Cultural Appropriation and the Yemenite Step - Laba Journal


"Hadar Ahuvia bravely interrogates the complex and fraught history of Israeli folk dance’s past and present through innovative, contemporary techniques that integrate dance, video, text and the audience. “Everything You Have is Yours” is startling, very funny, beautiful, and starkly moving." - citation for Bessie nomination, Outstanding "Breakout" Choreographer


Funding Credits

“Everything I have is yours?"  was developed through research conducted and taught at Kolot Chayeinu Children’s Learning Program; a LABA Fellowship at the 14th Street Y supported, in part, by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; was made possible through the Movement Research Artist-in- Residence Program funded, in part, by the Jerome Foundation, by the Davis/Dauray Family Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; was supported by the GPS/Global Practice Sharing program of Movement Research with funding from the Trust for Mutual Understanding; has been developed with the support of a CUNY Dance Initiative residency at the College of Staten Island; and a residency at Brooklyn Studios for Dance.