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Moving through Conflict

Dance and Politcs in Israel, 1st Edition

Edited by Dina Roginsky, Henia Rottenberg


224 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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Moving through Conflict: Dance and Politics in Israel proposes a framework for research and discussion of the changing nature of relations between Jews and Arabs as reflected in dance from the late 19th century Palestine until 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). This study is a pioneering project examining this conflict through dance. Underlying this work is a fundamental question: can the body and dance operate as non-verbal 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 various studies on dance, historical periods, points of view and a variety of 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.

Table of Contents

Part I – Community Relations | Chapter 1: Relations between Communities 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 Creating": Rabeah Morkus and Ilanit Tadmor Collaborate / 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

About the Editors

Dina Roginsky (PhD), is a sociologist and anthropologist and holds an MA degree in Psychology. Her research focuses on the intersection among culture, history, politics, and performance. Her doctoral dissertation, Performing Israeliness, analyzes the 100-year social and ideological history of the Israeli folk-dance movement as a case study in 20th-century nation building project and cultural politics. Her postdoctoral research in the Department of Performance Studies at New York University explores national dancing in its diasporic context. She has published articles and presented her works in Israel, Europe, Canada, and the US. Together with Henia Rottenberg, Roginsky is the co-editor of three anthologies on dance published in Israel: Dance Discourse in Israel (2009), Sara Levi-Tanai: A Life of Creation (2015) and Points of Contact: Dance, Politics and Jewish-Arab Relations in Israel )2018). Roginsky teaches Hebrew language and culture in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Yale University.

Henia Rottenberg (PhD), is a dance studies researcher whose interests focus on the dialogue between dance and visual arts in postmodern culture and on dance in Israel. Her doctoral dissertation Hybrid Relationships between Dance and Painting at the University of Surrey (UK) examined dance and painting relationships focusing on Lea Anderson’s dance The Featherstonehauhgs Draw on the Sketch Books of Egon Schiele (1998). Her MA dissertation -Rami Be’er: A Political Choreographer, analyzed the socio-political aspect of his choreography. Rottenberg published articles and presented her work in Israel, US and Europe. She is the co-editor with Dina Roginsky of three anthologies on dance, published in Israel by Resling press: Dance Discourse in Israel (2009), Sara Levi-Tanai: A Life of Creation (2015) and Points of Contact: Dance, Politics and Jewish-Arab Relations in Israel (2018). She was co-editor with Ruth Eshel on Dance Today (2008-2010); and one of the founders of The Israeli Society for Dance Research. Rottenberg is the Head of the Dance-theatre Division in Theatre Studies, Western Galilee College, and lectures at Kibbutzim College of Education, Israel.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Dance / General
PERFORMING ARTS / Dance / History & Criticism
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Colonialism & Post-Colonialism
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Commentary & Opinion