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Rebecca Leigh Rossen Pavkovic
University of Texas, Austin (Austin, TX 78712-0100)
Holocaust Dances: Holocaust Representation in Contemporary Dance

Research and writing leading to a book about dances depicting the Holocaust and its history, memory and trauma, from 1960 to the present.

The Holocaust has been a major focus of film, theater, literature, and visual art. Dance has also served as a powerful forum to address the Holocaust; there have been many such works, yet there are no books on this topic. Holocaust Dances addresses this gap by examining depictions of the Shoah, history, memory, and trauma in select dances created between 1960 and the present. I will argue that dance has served as a fertile platform for making an embodied intervention into an immensely complex history of trauma and loss, intolerance and bigotry. Holocaust dances have the potential to make manifest traces of the past, nudge memorials and archives out of stasis, and involve viewers and participants in collective and performative acts of witnessing and commemoration.

Project fields:
Dance History and Criticism; Jewish Studies; Theater History and Criticism

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/20/2020 – 7/20/2020