nefesh is a performance project by hadar ahuvia emerging from her exploration of Ashkenazi singing, rabbinic prayer, embodied spiritual practice, and diasporic politics. After years of researching and deconstructing the Israeli folk dances she danced with her mother, this work reaches back to ahubia’s great-grandparents, lingering in the details of shuckling, krechtsing, unmetered singing, and chanting that distinguished their eastern European Jewish soundscape. Nefesh foregrounds the labor, sensuality, and life-giving nourishment of sacred service, and the wisdom of the body, our wandering - navenaden - altar.
About the artist
Hadar Ahuvia centers the body in explorations of Jewish political and cultural lineages. Her essay “Joy Vey” on choreographing a diasporic identity beyond Zionism is featured in the Oxford Handbook of Jewishness and Dance. Her choreographic credits include Baryshnikov Arts Center, Danspace Project, Yaddo, 14th St Y, Gibney, LABA, Movement Research, NJCF, a Bessie nomination for Outstanding Breakout Choreographer, and Dance Magazine’s ‘25 to Watch in 2019.’ A celebrated performer, she is also a rabbinical student.
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