Possessing
Nov
21
to Nov 23

Possessing

HADAR AHUVIA & SHIRA EVIATAR


Possessing brings together artists Hadar Ahuvia and Shira Eviatar to collaboratively question their shared, inherited trauma of the Israeli nation-state, asking “How do we move together?” Ahuvia, unpacking Ashkenazi heritage in institutionalized Zionist folk dance, and Eviatar, recentralizing Arab/Mizrahi aesthetics in contemporary performance, incite dialogue around appropriation, legacy, and settler-colonialism. After conducting research separately, they come together to deepen their questions and application of their respective forms.

Their search unfolds in movements that recall ancestors’ and institutionalized celebration and mourning rituals—extending far past their respective bodies and histories. They invite community engagement as part of this first iteration of performance research.

Please join us for a post-show Toast on November 21, and post-performance discussion moderated by Jen Abrams on November 22.

This performance contains nudity.

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Shira Eviatar examines the transmission of embodied cultural knowledge, calling on her Moroccan Jewish heritage. She researches traditional forms of gathering and celebration. Her work considers the body as both material and coded, reflecting the collective values, states of mind, sensations and feelings in cultural practice. It makes visible and nurtures spaces for excluded forms, recentralizing Mizrahi/Arab Jewish aesthetics and subjectivities.

Eviatar is an independent choreographer and dancer based in Jaffa. She was a 2015 DanceWeb Scholarship Program participant (2015), holds a degree in dance theatre from Kibbutzim College. She studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in New York and at Kelim – a program for choreographic research. She has performed her works in festivals throughout Israel and Europe, such as Rencontres chorégraphiques Festival, Fabbrica Europa festival, SPRING festival, EPOS Film Festival / Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and more. She was invited to present her works Body Roots and Rising at Theater De La Bastille in Paris and by the Bat-Sheva Dance Company. Eviatar has lectured and led workshops about her work in Israel, Europe, and the US.

Eviatar was a guest artist at SEAD and at the International Cumplicidades Festival in Portugal with the AADK in Spain, a project which aimed at generating dialogue between artists of the Mediterranean area. She recently collaborated with the international tap dancer Josette Wiggan to co-create Tapping into Self, which premiered in Intimadance Festival, 2018. Some of her works include Body Roots, Body Mandala, Rising, Eviatar/Said, Three Generations: One Body, Kosher and De-Port Workers.

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The Dances Are For Us
May
30
to Jun 1

The Dances Are For Us

Working with a diverse group of dancers with various relationships to Zionism, Israeli folk dance, and other classical and folk traditions, The Dances are for Us investigates the instrumentalization of dance by nation-states. Through the work, we model accountability to our own heritage, histories, and to each other.

http://www.danspaceproject.org/calendar/hadar-ahuvia/

photo by Maria Baranova of Jules Skloot and Mor Mendel

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Baryshnikov Art Center Residency Showing
Apr
11
10:00 AM10:00

Baryshnikov Art Center Residency Showing

Choreographer, performer, and educator Hadar Ahuvia will collaborate with a group of dancers who have various relationships to Zionism, Israeli folk dance, and other classical and folk traditions. They will develop The Dances are for Us, a performance work that breaks from a Zionist cultural legacy and models accountability to one’s own heritage and history.

There will be a showing open to the public April 11. Time TBD

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Apr
4
to Apr 7

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  • Harper Joy Theater at Whitman Colllege (map)
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Featuring new choreographies by a Hadar Ahuvia and dance faculty Renée Archibald and Peter de Grasse. Created in collaboration with and performed by Whitman students, each dance embodies the histories and relationships to place.

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Spring Studio Series
Feb
25
7:00 PM19:00

Spring Studio Series

The Dances Are For Us- a solo in process showing of material being developed for a premier at Danspace Project May 2019.

The Dances Are For Us proposes a way of breaking the cycles of transmission, appropriation, and theft- across vast plains of ideological manifestations and technological advancements- that have present-day consequences for Palestinians, Israelis and Americans.

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Israeli Folk Dance Deconstructed
Feb
23
1:00 PM13:00

Israeli Folk Dance Deconstructed

Israeli folk dances have been choreographed since the 1930s. Started by secular Ashkenazi women in Palestine, to embody Zionist ideology. Their use of European dances and the appropriation of steps from many sources- Jews of Middle Eastern origin, Hasidic communities, Druze, Palestinian Arabs- reflect the socialist aspirations and colonial tactics at Israel's formation.  While offering practitioners a sense of liberation, collective connection, and affiliation with Israel, they can also be studied to trace the contradictions and conflicts within Israeli society and in Israel-Palestine. 

We will learn dances from the cannon and read primary and secondary sources that highlight the dances' context and impact. 

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"Everything you have is yours?"
Feb
8
to Feb 10

"Everything you have is yours?"

 

Hadar Ahuvia and LABA Present:

"Everything you have is yours?"

"Everything you have is yours?" This was the question an Israeli security official asked Ahuvia when she went to renew her passport. The question resonated with her as she considers her relationship to her 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. Ahuvia’s investigation also explores the double-appropriation of Israeli dance by American Christian Zionists in their own pursuit of “authenticity.” 

Performances by Hadar Ahuvia and Mor Mendel, Lili Bo Shapiro, Projections Gil Sperling, Sound Design Avi Amon, Dramaturgy Lily Bo Shapiro, Dramaturgical support Stacy Grossfield, Rowan Magee

Running Time: 60 Minutes || No Intermission

Tickets: General Admission: $20

LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture is a program of the 14th Street Y that uses classic Jewish texts to inspire the creation of art, dialogue and study.  Everything I have is yours? was developed through the LABA Fellowship at the 14th Street Y.  The LABA program is supported, in part, by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.  LABA is a program of the 14th Street Y.

 

 

 

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Choreographing Identities, Expanding Jewish Studies- Panel Discussion at Association of Jewish Studies Conference
Dec
17
12:45 PM12:45

Choreographing Identities, Expanding Jewish Studies- Panel Discussion at Association of Jewish Studies Conference

  • Marriott Marquis Washington, D.C. (map)
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This artist-scholar collaboration panel aims to show how performance practice and academic research contribute to an original understanding of the embodied mechanisms that regulate the formation of Jewish, Israeli, Arab, and Palestinian identities. How can dance reveal the political strategies of identity formation? How does choreography as a theoretical framework contribute to the field of Jewish Studies? How to integrate performance practice in the political and historical analysis of Jewish lives?


The participants are artists and scholars that investigate Israel/Palestine and the Jewish Diaspora through performance, literature, and politics, in academic and public discourses. Hadar Ahuvia is an Israeli-American choreographer, fellow of LABA – Laboratory for Jewish Culture. She will present EVERYTHING YOU HAVE IS YOURS?, a duet performed with dancer Mor Mender, which investigates how Israeli folk dance informed by Zionist ideology appropriates Arab culture. Ahuvia questions the core principles of Israeli nation-building and its legacy in the American Diaspora, by deconstructing folk dances by Yishuv “pioneers” and contemporary folk dance instructional videos circulating among American Jewish communities.


Melissa Melpignano, doctoral candidate in Culture & Performance at UCLA, is completing her dissertation on the conceptualization of “livability” in Israeli choreography. She will offer a choreographic analysis of Ahuvia’s performance in dialogue with the artist, and contextualize Ahuvia’s work in relation to the global premises of the construction of a Hebrew dance culture.

Shir Alon is graduating with a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at UCLA. Her dissertation analyzes what she calls “literature of stasis” in order to reassess modernist aesthetics in 20th c. Hebrew and Arabic literary works. Through Affect Theory, Alon will illuminate how movement and bodily impassivity inform Ahuvia’s choreography, and how they manifest in contemporary discourses on Israel/Palestine.

Elazar Elhanan is Assistant Professor of Hebrew and Yiddish literatures in the Jewish Studies Program at CUNY. Starting from Ahuvia’s choreographic tactics, Prof. Elhanan will discuss how Zionist cultural politics for the definition of a Hebrew/Israeli culture impact the way American-Jewish and Israeli Diaspora relate to Israel/Palestine. The participants’ diverse backgrounds will enable a nuanced conversation on core issues in the fields of Jewish, Middle Eastern, and Dance Studies.

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"Everything you have is yours?"
Nov
18
8:00 PM20:00

"Everything you have is yours?"

$15-$20

“Everything you have is yours?” investigates the construction of Israeli identity through gestures appropriated from Palestinian and Yemeni culture. Hadar Ahuvia and Mor Mendel imitate and translate instructional videos of Israeli folk dances by Israelis and American Christian Zionist, embodying distance and proximity to Israel, Israeliness, and enacting the feedback loop through which national ideology is disseminated and sustained. In their performative mirroring of these videos, they reveal the subtext of dances, making explicit the Otherness at the kernel of Israeli identity.

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"Everything you have is yours?"
Nov
17
8:00 PM20:00

"Everything you have is yours?"

$15-$20

“Everything you have is yours?” investigates the construction of Israeli identity through gestures appropriated from Palestinian and Yemeni culture. Hadar Ahuvia and Mor Mendel imitate and translate instructional videos of Israeli folk dances by Israelis and American Christian Zionist, embodying distance and proximity to Israel, Israeliness, and enacting the feedback loop through which national ideology is disseminated and sustained. In their performative mirroring of these videos, they reveal the subtext of dances, making explicit the Otherness at the kernel of Israeli identity.

Friday only, post show conversation facilitated by Ali Rosa-Salis. 

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Israeli Folk Dance Deconstructed 
Nov
12
2:00 PM14:00

Israeli Folk Dance Deconstructed 

$15, $10 Artist/Low Income Rate

Israeli folk dances have been choreographed since the 1930s. Started by secular Ashkenazi women in Palestine, to embody Zionist ideology. Their use of European dances and the appropriation of steps from many sources- Jews of Middle Eastern origin, Hasidic communities, Druze, Palestinian Arabs- reflect the socialist aspirations and colonial tactics at Israel's formation.  While offering practitioners a sense of liberation, collective connection, and affiliation with Israel, they can also be studied to trace the contradictions and conflicts within Israeli society and in Israel-Palestine. 

We will learn dances from the cannon and read primary and secondary sources that highlight the dances' context and impact. 

Participants at all ages and levels of dance experience are welcome. 

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Israeli Folk Dance Deconstructed 
Nov
5
2:00 PM14:00

Israeli Folk Dance Deconstructed 

$15, $10 Artist/Low Income Rate

Israeli folk dances have been choreographed since the 1930s. Started by secular Ashkenazi women in Palestine, to embody Zionist ideology. Their use of European dances and the appropriation of steps from many sources- Jews of Middle Eastern origin, Hasidic communities, Druze, Palestinian Arabs- reflect the socialist aspirations and colonial tactics at Israel's formation.  While offering practitioners a sense of liberation, collective connection, and affiliation with Israel, they can also be studied to trace the contradictions and conflicts within Israeli society and in Israel-Palestine. 

We will learn dances from the cannon and read primary and secondary sources that highlight the dances' context and impact. 

Participants at all ages and levels of dance experience are welcome. 


 

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Israeli Folk Dance Deconstructed 
Oct
29
2:00 PM14:00

Israeli Folk Dance Deconstructed 

$15, $10 Artist/Low Income Rate

Israeli folk dances have been choreographed since the 1930s. Started by secular Ashkenazi women in Palestine, to embody Zionist ideology. Their use of European dances and the appropriation of steps from many sources- Jews of Middle Eastern origin, Hasidic communities, Druze, Palestinian Arabs- reflect the socialist aspirations and colonial tactics at Israel's formation.  While offering practitioners a sense of liberation, collective connection, and affiliation with Israel, they can also be studied to trace the contradictions and conflicts within Israeli society and in Israel-Palestine. 

We will learn dances from the cannon and read primary and secondary sources that highlight the dances' context and impact. 

Participants at all ages and levels of dance experience are welcome.

 

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