In the last few decades, Israel has become what the local media calls an international dance empire. Israeli choreographers and companies such as Ohad Naharin and the Batsheva Dance Company, Yasmeen Godder and many others perform in festivals and venues around the world. Dancers trained in Israel are in demand in companies and projects all over the globe. How did dance evolve in Israel? In what circumstances and under which influences?
The course presents the evolution of dance in Israel as an art form in a broad aesthetic, cultural and historical context. Starting from the beginning of the 20th Century until today we will look at genres, styles, key figures and critical moments in time, and explore the relationships between the local, the global and the political.
The art of choreography and the dancing body will be examined as entities that express ideologies and represent nationality, ethnicity, gender and sexuality. The course will facilitate students with skills of how to look at dance in general, and how to critically “read” and analyzes it as an art form that is situated in a specific place and time.*
Note: Course offered only Spring 2019 Semester. This course is also cross-listed as a 3-credit Special Topics course 01:563:293 in the undergraduate major at SAS Department of Jewish Studies and as 3 elective credits, under course number 07:203:134, for the Global Humanities undergraduate major at the SAS Department of African, Middle-Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures (AMESALL).