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, literally 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...
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...
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...
Artistic Director: Julie Gayer Kris Outreach and Development Assistant: Meredith-Lyn Avey Musician: Newman Taylor Baker Dancers: Sarah Zitnay Meredith-Lyn Avey Leah Ives 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...
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
Magdalen Pierrakos, costumes, set and stage design
Alon Nechustan, music
Lindsay Lee, dancer
Leah Thorn, poet/spoken word artist
Avodah Dance presented “moving voices inside out,” a performance based on their experiences working within women’s prisons. “moving voices inside out,” incorporates dance featuring Avodah Dance, spoken word by Leah Thorn and Live Musical Accompaniment by Newman Taylor Baker.
When: Sunday, June 9, 2013
Where: The 14th Street Y Theater
Ticket information: $5
Thank you to the lovely audience and supporters who attended! All donations will benefit Avodah Dance 2013 residencies at women’s correctional institutions in Connecticut and Delaware.