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Dancing JewishJewish Identity in American Modern and Postmodern Dance$
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Rebecca Rossen

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199791767

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199791767.001.0001

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(p.136) Entr’acte
Dancing Jewish

Rebecca Rossen

Oxford University Press

The Entr’acte acts as a bridge between “Act I: Dancing the Jew(ess),” which examines connections between ethnicity and gender in representations of Jews and Jewesses, and “Act II: Dancing Jewish,” which chronicles shifting modes for representing Jewish collective identity. Like the Prelude and Curtain Call, the Entr’acte offers strategies for embodied scholarship. Focusing on her own choreographic contribution to Make Me a Jewish Dance, Rossen recounts how she challenged herself to dance with images and motifs—Hasidism, drag, humor, stock characterization, and the folk——that influenced many of her research subjects, situating her work in a choreographic tradition in which material and movement are continually recycled and reconstituted as a means to dance Jewish.

Keywords:   embodied scholarship, Jew, Jewishness, collective identity, drag, humor, Hasidism, stock characters, folk, dancing Jewish

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