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Choreographing Identity: Modern Dance and American Jewish Life

Monday, May 3, 2021 21 Iyyar 5781

7:00 PM - 8:30 PMZoom

Explore a remarkable group of American Jewish modern dancers living and working in New York City during the first half of the twentieth century with Dr. Josh Perelman, Chief Curator & Director of Exhibitions and Interpretation. Dr Perelman is a member of the Museum’s senior team and oversees NMAJH's exhibitions and education departments as well as its artifact collection. 

Choreographing Identity: Modern Dance and American Jewish Life, is a story about the ways children established of immigrants envisioned themselves as Americans during a period marked by intense political and economic tensions, the physical and spiritual loss of world Jewry’s center, and profound transformations in Jewish culture. It takes us from the Lower East Side, to Brooklyn, to Union Square, to the Martha Graham Dance Company, and major performance venues around the country. And it explores the intersection Jewish lives and a medium that empowered practitioners to communicate with authority about politics, identity, and sexuality - unconstrained by existing gender conventions.

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