Dance Scholar Dr Diane Wawrejko, PhD, MFA, CMT, presented her academic paper This and That: Jewishness in the Dances of Daniel Nagrin at Jews and Jewishness in the Dance World, an Arizona State University (ASU) Jewish Studies conference, held October 13th-15th 2018.
An excerpt from This and That: Jewishness in the Dances of Daniel Nagrin summarizes Dr Wawrejko’s presentation:
In this paper, I examine American choreographer and dancer Daniel Nagrin’s choreographic method as a study in Jewishness… I argue that dancing Jewish not only resides explicitly through the selection of overtly Jewish themes, time, place, subject matter and tropes but also is posited implicitly in the strategies, methods, content and function used to create and perform concert dances. I ask, “In what ways do Daniel Nagrin’s dances tacitly affirm Jewishness through identity, questioning, agency and site?”
For details on the ASU Jews and Jewishness in the Dance World Conference, here is the full link:
Dr Diane Wawrejko’s biography can be found at Dance Voices:
Other work on Daniel Nagrin by Dr Diane Wawrejko: