Hadar Ahuvia: The Dances are for Us – Danspace Project
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Hadar Ahuvia: The Dances are for Us

Photo: Cory Antiel

Friday evening’s performance will be followed by a conversation with scholar, Shirly Bahar.

The Dances are for Us continues choreographer, performer, and educator Hadar Ahuvia’s examination into the construction of Israeli folk dance. Working with a 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 in the birth of nation-states.

“Through the work, we strive to model accountability to our own heritage, histories, and to each other,” writes Ahuvia.

Created with the performers: Hadar Ahuvia, Oren Barnoy, Raha Behnam, Autumn Leonard, rosza daniel lang/levitsky, Mor Mendel, Jules Skloot, Zavé Martohardjono
Projection: Gil Sperling
Lighting Design: Carol Mullins
Sound Design: Avi Amon
Project Midwifery: rosza daniel lang/levitsky
Project Doula: Franny Silverman
Directorial Support: Jules Skloot
Dramaturgy: Amir Farjoun

Hadar Ahuvia lives in Brooklyn where she teaches and organizes with a progressive Jewish community and brings her diasporic Israeli identity to the forefront of her contemporary dance performances.  Her work reimagines secular Israeli folk and Jewish liturgical material to envision and embody a just future for Israel/Palestine, and as such is an homage and break from a lineage of Zionist cultural workers. Ahuvia is grateful to have worked with artists Sara Rudner, Jill Sigman, Donna Uchizono, Molly Poerstel, Anna Sperber, Jon Kinzel, Stuart Shugg, Tatyana Tenenbaum, and Kathy Westwater. She currently performs with Reggie Wilson/ Fist and Heel Performance Group. Her work has been presented at Eastport Art Center, and SPACE Gallery, Maine, Judson, Dixon Place, CPR, BkSD, Danspace DraftWork, Movement Research Fall Festival, AUNTS, Catch, Roulette, DTW/NYLA, and the 14th St Y, and Art Station Foundations in Poznan, Poland. Ahuvia’s work has been supported by grants from the Brooklyn Arts Council, and residencies at DTW/NYLA (2012 Fresh Tracks Artist) Movement Research ( 2015 AIR), the 14th St. Y (2016 LABA Fellow), Art Stations Foundation through MR’s GPS program, CUNY Dance Initiative at the College of Staten Island (2017), EtM Choreographer + Composer Residency at Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL), and Yaddo. Ahuvia organizes with Jews for Racial and Economic Justice and was a 2018 Bessie nominee for Outstanding “Breakout” Choreographer.