Contemporary Dance in Israel: New Contemplations/New Perspectives

  • Yael (Yali) Nativ

CTSA International Initiatives and UCI Illuminations presents

Yali Nativ, Guest Speaker

moderated by Professor Lisa Naugle, Director for CTSA International Initiatives

Reframing Jewish Ethnic bodies–New Moves, New Ideologies
in conversation with with Assistant Professor Tara Rodman, Department of Drama
Friday, April 29, 2022

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Pushing the Boundaries– New Palestinian Female Voices
in conversation with with Assistant Professor Charlotte Griffin, Department of Dance
Friday, May 6, 2022

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Talks will be 1 hour in length and will take place at:
11 a.m. PST - Irvine
8 p.m.  Israel / Western Asia / Europe (CET) Standard Time
2 p.m. EST - New York
2 p.m. GMT+8 - China

Free and open to the public

CTSA International Initiatives Director, Lisa Naugle, is pleased to present a series of webinars that will explore the vibrant, complex and unique field of dance in Israel where independent dance makers, as well as institutional choreographers, use their work and bodies to comment on current cultural, social and political issues.

Dr. Yael (Yali) Nativ is a dance scholar with sociological and anthropological orientations. She is a Senior Lecturer at ASA, The Academic College for Society and Arts, at Levinsky College for Education and at the Mason Gross School of the Arts Online at Rutgers, State University of New Jersey. Dr. Nativ holds a diploma in Dance Education from The Kibbutzim College, a Bachelor degree in Choreography from the Sorbonne University in Paris, and a Masters in Interdisciplinary Education of the Creative Arts from San Francisco State University. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology of Education from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

In her writing and research, Dr. Nativ explores social and cultural issues looking at the linkage between dance, body, culture, education, gender and creativity. Her book Fractured Freedom: Body, Gender and Ideology in Dance Education in Israel, which she co-wrote with Dr. Hodel Ophir, was published in 2016 (in Hebrew). Currently she is engaged in an ethnographic research, looking at the experience of the body among professional Israeli aging dancers (50-83) who still perform on stage. In addition to her participation in various public dance committees in Israel, she is a co-founder and member of the Israeli Society for Dance Research and serves as the Head of the Board of Directors of the Israeli Association of Independent Choreographers. She is also the initiator, co-producer and co-presenter (with Iris Lana) of Creatures of Dance, a podcast on contemporary dance in Israel (both in Hebrew and English). During Spring semester 2022, Dr. Nativ will be teaching a course on Intersectional Perspectives on Contemporary Dance in Israel at UC Berkeley as a visiting professor, sponsored by the department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies in collaboration with the Helen Diller Institute for Jewish Law & Israel Studies.

Image: Yali Native, Guest Speaker

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Friday Apr 29, 2022, 11:00 am
Friday May 6, 2022, 11:00 am