Choreographer, performer, and educator Hadar Ahuvia will collaborate with a group of dancers who have various relationships to Zionism, Israeli folk dance, and other classical and folk traditions. They will develop The Dances are for Us, a performance work that breaks from a Zionist cultural legacy and models accountability to one’s own heritage and history.
Leadership support for BAC has been provided by Altman Foundation, Anonymous, James H. Duffy, The Enoch Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine Kaye Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, Princess Grace Foundation-USA, Jerome Robbins Foundation, Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Thompson Family Foundation, and Dance/ NYC’s New York City Dance Rehearsal Space Subsidy Program, made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The Ford Foundation provides leadership support for international residencies.
Lead support of dance programming at BAC is provided by the Rudolf Nureyev Endowment.
The creation of The Dances are for Us is made possible in part by the Danspace Project 2018-2019 Commisioning Initiative, with support from the Jerome Foundation.
Hadar Ahuvia is a performer, choreographer, and educator living in Brooklyn, where she teaches and organizes with progressive Jewish community and brings her diasporic Israeli identity to the forefront of her contemporary dance performances.
Her work reimagines secular Israeli folk and Jewish liturgical material to envision and embody a just future for Israel/Palestine, and as such is an homage and break from a lineage of Zionist cultural workers. Ahuvia is grateful to have worked with artists Sara Rudner, Jill Sigman, Donna Uchizono, Molly Poerstel, Anna Sperber, Jon Kinzel, Stuart Shugg, Tatyana Tenenbaum, and Kathy Westwater. She currently performs with Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group. Her work includes Cleaner (2013) presented by DTW/NYLA, Dixon Place, CPR, AUNTS; Joy Vey (2015) presented by SPACE Gallery, Maine, Judson Church, Catch, Brooklyn Studios for Dance, Danspace DraftWork; and Everything you have is yours? (2018) presented by Movement Research Fall Festival, Art Station Foundations (Poznan, Poland), and premiered at the 14th St. Y. Ahuvia’s work has been supported by grants from the Brooklyn Arts Council, and residencies at DTW/NYLA (2012 Fresh Tracks Artist), Movement Research (2015 AIR), the 14th St. Y (2016 LABA Fellow), Art Stations Foundation through MR’s GPS program, CUNY Dance Initiative at the College of Staten Island (2017), EtM Choreographer + Composer Residency at Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL), and Yaddo. Ahuvia is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, organizes with Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, and was a 2018 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award nominee for Outstanding "Breakout" Choreographer.