Moving through Conflict: Dance and Politics in Israel is a pioneering project in examining the Israeli–Palestinian conflict through dance. It proposes a research framework for study of the social, cultural, aesthetic and political dynamics between Jews and Arabs as reflected in dance from late 19th-century Palestine to present-day Israel.
Drawing on multiple disciplines, this book examines a variety of social and theatrical venues (communities, dance groups, evening classes and staged performances), dance genres (folk dancing, social dancing and theatrical dancing) and different cultural identities (Israeli, Palestinian and American). Underlying this work is a fundamental question: can the body and dance operate as nonverbal autonomous agents to mediate change in conflicting settings, transforming the "foreign" into the "familiar"? Or are they bound to their culturally dependent significance – and thus nothing more than additional sites of an embodied politics?
This anthology expounds on various studies on dance, historical periods, points of view and points of contact that help promote thinking about this fundamental issue. It will be of great interest to students and scholars of dance studies, sociology, anthropology, art history, education and cultural studies, as well as conflict and resolution studies.
Part I – Community relations | Chapter 1: Community relations and Palestinian dance: introduction to Part I / Dina Roginsky | Chapter 2: About Arabs, Jews and dances: dance relations in Palestine and in the state of Israel / Dina Roginsky | Chapter 3: Belly dancing in Israel: body, embodiment, religion and nationality / Tovi Fenster | Chapter 4: Performing nationalism between the local and the global: women Palestinian dance teachers and choreographers in Israel / Hodel Ophir | Chapter 5: "There’s no peace, let’s start to create": Rabeah Morkus and Ilanit Tadmor create together / Ilanit Tadmor | Part II – Representational relations | Chapter 6: Dancing protest: introduction to Part II / Henia Rottenberg | Chapter 7: From Baruch Agadati to Arkadi Zaides: explicit and implicit representations of Arabs and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Israeli dance / Yael (Yali) Nativ | Chapter 8: Artistic activism: politics and dance in the works of Rami Be'er and Arkadi Zaides / Henia Rottenberg | Chapter 9: The ethics of binding: untangling the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through Jesse Zaritt’s dancing body / Naomi M. Jackson