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Judaica: Embodied Laboratory for Songwork

Presented by The Institute for Somatics and Social Justice & Co-sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace.

Wednesday, October 18

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The Judaica project (Ben Spatz, US; Nazlıhan Eda Erçin, Turkey; Agnieszka Mendel, Poland) is a laboratory for new embodied technique at the crossroads of experimental performance, critical identity politics, and ethnomusicological archives. We work with Jewish songs from all over the world in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, Turkish, Luganda, English, and other languages. In Philadelphia we will present all facets of our research through a live lecture performance as well as a practical workshop and video screenings. Come explore songwork, theatrical creation, and embodied research in this multi-faceted theatre/laboratory event.

Performance: What is a Song? at FringeArts, 7-8pm, $10-15 suggested donation

The Judaica project team comes to Philadelphia after six weeks of continuous travel and events in Poland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Our theatrical performance lecture combines embodied practice with critical analysis and structured participation in radically new ways that explore the role of audiovisual recording in the contemporary ethics and politics of embodiment. Responding to the vision of the Institute for Somatics and Social Justice, we will ask how embodied research both within and beyond the university can contribute to a more just and sustainable world. Movement, voice, language, and video will be woven together in this unique event.


Panel Discussion with The Institute for Somatics and Social Justice at FringeArts, 8-9pm. 

Fatima Adamu, Dan Blacksberg, Lela Aisha Jones and Ezra Berkley Nepon will respond to the issues raised by the Judaica project concerning the politics of identity, and the body as archive in the digital era, moderated by Nicole Bindler.

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