Dance, Expression and Jewish Ritual
Experience Dance, Expression and
Jewish Ritual in a six-day workshop led by Dr. Joanne Tucker, founder
and artistic director of the Avodah Dance Ensemble.
Experience how movement
into Torah, and
will include a dance warm-up, improvisational explorations of text, text
study and the traditional midrashic process. Advanced work in either training
to lead dance midrash in educational settings or developing a site-specific
environmental dance midrash piece of choreography or an improvisational project,
will also be available during the course.
leader, Dr. Joanna Tucker, studied modern dance at the Julliard School in
New York and at the Martha Graham Studio. Tucker has a Ph.D. in theatre from
the University of Wisconsin.
Tucker has created over 35 pieces
for the Avodah Dance Ensemble which is based in New York City. The company
tours throughout the U.S. and internationally. Dr. Tucker is co-author of
Torah in Motion: Creating Dance Midrash, and author of Creative
Movement for a Song: Activities for Young Children. She leads workshops
and is artist-in-residence at congregations, schools, and retreats throughout
the U.S, Italy and Israel. Tucker is a faculty member of Jewish Institute
of Religion of Hebrew Union College.
“Her pathfinder work of creating a
modern dance company with a Jewish repertoire has had a long-term rippling
effect on other spiritual belief systems. Through out the various sites,
conferences and events on sacred dance, various Christian dance ministries,
liturgical dance, and interfaith gatherings, you will hear her name mentioned
and her work acknowledged as a resource and oasis for folks seeking to honor
how the spirit moves”, Bernadine Jennings, Attitude, The Dancers’ Magazine.