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Hadar Ahuvia's Nefesh + Dance Party

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Join us for an evening of dance at the Boston Festival of New Jewish Music!

First: Hadar Ahuvia's nefesh

Then: Community Yiddish dance party with the house klezmer band

nefesh sutures across generations and genres, weaving together contemporary dance, traditional Ashkenazic music, feminism, and neo-Hasidism. It reaches back to my traditional, yiddish speaking great-grandparents, reclaiming cultures nearly destroyed by anti-semitism and Zionism. 

nefesh lingers in the details of shuckling, vocal sliding, unmetered singing and krechtsing, that distinguish the eastern European Jewish soundscape. It foregrounds the labor, sensuality, and life-giving nourishment of sacred service, and the wisdom of the body, our wandering - navenaden - altar.

Choreography and performance by Hadar Ahuvia

Traditional music performed and arranged by by Hadar Ahuvia

Sound Design Tatyana Tenenbaum

Costume Design Athena Kokoronis 


Hadar is a dance artist, educator, ritual leader, rabbinical student and a student of eastern european jewish vernacular and cantorial music. 

Her essay “Joy Vey” on choreographing an Israeli 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, Movement Research, NJCF,  a Bessie nomination for Outstanding Breakout Choreographer, and Dance Magazine’s ‘25 to Watch in 2019.’

Her works aim to facilitate spaces for embodied processing, imagination and transformation.

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