Connect to Yizkor (the quarterly service of remembrance observed on Yom Kippur for those who have died), impending darkness, cycles of life and death and rebirth (which is the essence of the month of Tishrei energy and the High Holidays) through dance.
Joanie Block is the founder and artistic director of SELMADANSE. Her dances frequently address Jewish themes. She describes this work: “When my husband died last November, I watched the memorial candle flicker out as the Chanukah candles were being lit. In that moment I thought to myself, ‘The light and the darkness, never far from each other.’
“Living in New England, many brace for the inevitable darkness that seeps into our psyches as we wait out the seemingly endless weeks for the returning light. Dance, our collective stories and the challenge to examine our behavior offer a portal into an alternative perception of these apparent antithetical forces. Can they change our experience of winter? I think so!!”+ More... - Less...
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