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Hadar Ahuvia

Brooklyn, NY      

Named a Dance Magazine “25 to Watch in 2019” Hadar Ahuvia lives in Brooklyn/Lenapehoking where she teaches and organizes with progressive Jewish community and brings her diasporic Israeli identity to the forefront of her contemporary dance performances. Her work reshapes Israeli folk and traditional liturgy, proposing embodied repair, through choreographic and vocal practice. As such it is an homage and break from a lineage of Zionist cultural workers. 

Born in Argentina and raised in the US and Israel/Palestine, she trained at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and received a BA from Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has been presented at Eastport Art Center, and SPACE Gallery, Maine, Judson, Dixon Place, CPR, BkSD, AUNTS, Catch, Roulette, DTW/NYLA, Art Stations Foundation in Poznan Poland, the 14th St Y, and Danspace Project. 

Ahuvia is grateful to have worked with artists Sara Rudner, Jill Sigman, Donna Uchizono, Molly Poerstel, Anna Sperber, Jon Kinzel, Stuart Shugg, and Kathy Westwater. She currently performs with Reggie Wilson/ Fist and Heel Performance Group and engaged in two collaborations- with choreographer Shira Eviatar and choreographer and composer Tatyana Tenenbaum. 

Ahuvia was 2012 DTW/NYLA Fresh Tracks Artist, a 2015 Movement Research AIR, a LABA Fellow at the 14th St. Y, a 2016 Grace Paley Organizing Fellow at Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, the recipient of 2017-18 CUNY Dance Initiative Residency, a 2017 Brooklyn Arts Council Grant, a residency at Yaddo, and a 2018 Bessie nominee for Outstanding “Breakout” Choreographer.

Joy Vey (excerpt)

In Joy Vey, I confront my Zionist legacy by rearranging beloved Israeli folk songs and dances to face the Nakba. (Nakba, Arabic for catastrophe, refers to the expulsion and dispossession of the Palestinians in 1948 as a result of the founding of the state of Israel).

I thank my parents and grandparents for reimagining Jewish ritual and inspiring me to do the same.

Concept, performance, costume design, musical arrangement, translation, and original text by Hadar Ahuvia

Ve’ulai (And Maybe)
lyrics: Rahel ּּBluwstein
melody: Yehuda Sharet

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