Mission: Avodah Dance is a New York City based non-profit 501(c) (3) modern dance company that has at the core of its mission the idea of a Jewish and universal value, Tikkun Olam, which means to “repair the world.” Using dance as a tool for social change, Avodah Dance brings the art of dance to diverse populations with the goal of uplifting individuals and building community. Avodah Dance offers residencies, workshops, and performances in women’s...
What is MOVEMENT AND TEXT STUDY? Avodah engages ancient texts from a current perspective by integrating these texts into movement exercises. Each Movement and Text study session (also known as Dance Midrash) includes a focus on a specific text, group and individual movement explorations that help to illuminate the text, and improvisation to further one’s understanding and personal experience of the text. With our many years of experience leading movement...
Why support Avodah Dance? When supporting Avodah Dance, you support the power of art to exist in places where it is considered uncommon. We recognize that although we can make change on a small scale or individual level, we consider our efforts as “one drop in the bucket”; part of a larger global effort that supports creative freedom and expression. Helping us to continue these efforts is advocating for meaningful artistic experiences, human...
Dance in prison: One of our most profound collaborations has been with women in prison. Since 2002, Avodah has led annual week-long residencies and workshops in women’s correctional institutions in Connecticut, Delaware, and New York. During the residencies, Avodah staff teaches basic modern dance technique, choreography and improvisation, while offering an outlet for creative expression through class processes and performances. During these residencies,...
Artistic Director: Julie Gayer Kris Outreach and Development Assistant: Meredith-Lyn Avey Musician: Newman Taylor Baker Dancers: Sarah Zitnay Meredith-Lyn Avey Leah Ives Melissa Brading Collaborators: Regina Ress, storyteller Jon Can Coskunes, costumes Cory Antiel, video Magdalen Pierrakos, costumes, set and stage design Alon Nechustan, music Lindsay Lee, dancer Leah Thorn, poet/spoken word artist Michael George,...
Dance is not limited to a certain style or technique.Dance is the birthright of all human beings. If you can breathe, you can dance!
Artistic Director: Julie Gayer Kris
Outreach and Development Assistant: Meredith-Lyn Avey
Musician: Newman Taylor Baker
Regina Ress, storyteller
Jon Can Coskunes, costumes
Cory Antiel, video
Magdalen Pierrakos, costumes, set and stage design
Alon Nechustan, music
Lindsay Lee, dancer
Leah Thorn, poet/spoken word artist
Michael George, photographerLearn More
Avodah Dance encourages you to experience the power of community art making!
November 13th 2014 at 6:30pm
244 E 52 Street (New York City)
We present to you an evening of dance and music that highlights our versatile work. Featuring the participation of formerly incarcerated women and new work inspired by and created by the women at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility.
Also featuring live music performed and composed by singer/songwriter, Abby Payne of The Round Table – an all women lead group of artists and musicians that come together to support one another as well as the arts.
Food and drinks will be provided, including the most delicious vegan cupcakes by Sweet Generation – a sweet organization that uses proceeds of their baked goods to support the arts!
Together we will participate in a rhythm and movement workshop lead by members of Avodah Dance and engage in community art making. Come be a part of the art and help us continue our service of bringing accessible arts workshops to diverse communities!
Suggested Donation: $25
Pledge your support here.
All proceeds of this event will go towards: providing incarcerated women and their children with accessible arts workshops; future projects with people re-entering society; continuing our mission of community engagement through the arts.