Dr. Gili Hammer, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The case study of disability/integrated dance—an art form in which dancers with and without disabilities dance together—raises fundamental questions about the body's relationship to the concept of "disability." Disability dance offers insights into the ways bodily differences are represented, negotiated, and experienced through artistic expression. In this art form, choreographers, directors, and practitioners employ the moving body and mobility apparatuses, such as wheelchairs, prosthetics, and crutches, to expand participation of disabled dancers. Disability dance thus offers a means of resisting the medical diagnosis of disability as a pathology as well as the normative aesthetic category of the fit, able-bodied dancer. Based on six years of ethnographic fieldwork with integrated dance projects in Israel and the United States, this seminar will explore the intersection of somatics, politics, and aesthetics in disability dance, arguing for the ways it serves as a microcosm of larger political struggles for inclusion.
This event is open to faculty and graduate students and will be held virtually through Zoom. For more information or to register, visit our website. For questions, contact Jenny Gehrmann, Senior Department Administrator, Department of Jewish Studies, Rutgers University, at 848-932-3571, or by email.