Judith Brin Ingber is an international expert on Israeli and Jewish dance. In the anthology she edited,




Seeing Israeli and Jewish Dance

"Seeing Israeli and Jewish Dance," choreographer, dancer, and dance scholar Judith Brin Ingber collects wide-ranging essays and many remarkable photographs to explore the evolution of Jewish dance through two thousand years of Diaspora, in communities of amazing variety and amid changing traditions. Taken together, this wide range of expression illustrates the vitality, necessity, and continuity of dance in Judaism.




The New Shalvi/Hyman Jewish Women Encyclopedia includes a new bio of Judith. Read Judith's bio here.




JUDITH'S revised articles ON JEWISH WOMEN DANCERS are included in the newest edition of the Jewish Women's Archives (JWA.org) International Shalvi/Hyman Encyclopedia of Jewish Women.  

Some of the revised dance encyclopedia entries by Judith include:
Modern Dance Performance in the United States

Jewish Women Dance Educators and Writers

Yardena Cohen

Also, if you're curious about Judith and the Brin matriarchy,  look up the bio of Judith's sister Rabbi Deborah Brin, one of the first openly gay rabbis who led the first prayer service for Women of the Wall at the Conference for the Empowerment of Jewish Women in 1988; Judith's mother, Ruth F. Brin who helped transform modern prayer with her evocative writing, poetry and liturgy; Judith's paternal grandmother Fanny Fligelman Brin, suffragist, pacifist and riveting international speaker during the inter-war period, is also remembered  as innovative president of the National Council of Jewish Women. 




Judith Brin Ingber Publishing in the upcoming...

The Holocaust: Remembrance, Respect, and Resilience


Judith's chapter, "Almost Snuffed Out: The Story of 'Fireflies' (Broučci) And Its Choreographer Kamila Rosenbaumová." The article recounts how Rosenbaumova, interred in the Nazi ghetto camp Theresienstadt, choreographed the musicals Broučci and Brundibár with children in such a dire setting. The forthcoming on-line textbook will be available on Open Educational Resource (OER). The first version of the article on Rosenbaumova appeared in “Dance Today #36”.

 


Judith co-edited the unusual all English issue Mahol Achshav (Dance Today) #36 with Israeli editor Ruth Eshel.

The articles, by international dancers, dance researchers, dance educators, stem from the ‘Jews and Jewishness in the Dance World’ conference at Arizona State University.

Read the full issue here




Judith and “Mr. Gaga” or Ohad Naharin

Judith talking about "Mr. Gaga" after recent Palm Springs, CA film festival showing. Photos by Arlene Karno.

Judith’s cameo appearance in the documentary film about Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin shows her as one of his teachers; she speaks about him early in his career. “Mr. Gaga” continues to be shown throughout the US and internationally.

Judith was featured in a Q and A following the screening of "Mr. Gaga" at the Jewish Film Festival in Palm Springs, CA. For the festival publicity, Tomer Heymann, award winning-filmmaker of "Mr. Gaga" created a new 3 minute clip of Judith speaking about Ohad, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

News & Events

  Judith's Recent Performances

Judith danced in the recent multi-generational cast of twenty-six of the Twin Cities most vibrant dancers in "LDV", choreographed by Berit Ahlgren and Helen Hatch. The outdoor premiere was seen August 7 and 8, 2021 at The Shed, a zany, colorful epic piece, undercut by sinister and cunning moments that ultimately color life, inspired by, and set to the soundtrack of Federico Fellini's 1960 film 'La Dolce Vita'.


Photo by Larry Risser


Photo by Linda Passon

In addition to dancing in "LDV" Judith performed in the new duet she choreographed called, "Number Our Days" danced by Judith and Stephanie Fellner Grey, to traditional music arranged by flutist Jim Miller.

Duet Photos by Larry Risser

REGARDING 'NUMBER OUR DAYS'
The producer/choreographers of "LDV", Helen Hatch and Berit Ahlgren generously announced to the cast that if anyone had dance works they wanted to show during the five performances of "LDV" we were invited to contact them. Many did--for each of the five shows of "LDV" there were four new works also shown, mine at 5:30PM on Aug. 7 and again at the 5:30 show on August 8. I was so struck how easy Helen and Behrit made it for dancers to show their new work. It wasn't like that when I was a young dancer so I decided the others in the cast should learn my story about the very first time I dared to rock the boat and how long ago was that? Here is what I wrote so those in the cast of 26 and others can know our history:

Is it 49 or 50?

If You read the recent announcement on the the Walker Art Center Website, you will see Walker recently invited "Minnesota makers to propose dances as part of Choreographers' Evening with guest curator Valerie Oliveiro to be held on November 27, 2021, at 4 and 7 pm. .."Choreographers’ Evening is an annual eventcelebrating Minnesota’s dynamic dance and performance communities. Begun in 1972 as a showcase...It returns to the McGuire Stage...Nov. 27, 2021"

But is it 49 years old as Walker claims, or 50 years since I created "The Young Choreographers' Evening"?

Fifty years ago, I created the Young Choreographers’ Evening at the Walker Art Center. Happily, ever since, Walker has held what’s now known as the Choreographers’ Evening, a yearly concert featuring MN dancers.  This year’s Choreographers’ Evening was seen on June 4, 2021. Walker considers this their 49th Choreographers’ Evening. I, on the other hand, know I created the program 50 years ago.

At the time, I assisted the Walkers’ first performing arts curator, Suzanne Weil, with dance programming. In 1970, there was little chance for emerging dance makers to be seen. I proposed to Suzanne that Walker announce we were seeking young choreographers to show their work for a new show and that I would scout out dancers and their dances from different studios. I watched many, and chose three from Nancy Hauser’s Guild of Performing Arts: Jerry and Sara Pearson, Joann Saltzman and Gail Turner; from the Children’s Theatre came Terrence L.V. Karn. There were two independents: Katherine Hearth plus me with my own solo, “I Never Saw Another Butterfly,” and my group work with 17 dancers from MN Dance Theatre. Loyce Houlton loaned me her dancers as a wedding gift. Weil produced the evening on Dec. 8, 1971.

The usual showtime for any show at the time was 8:30 PM but she chose the unconventional time of 7:00 PM so if few audience members showed up for the unknown dancers, no one would be the wiser. Surprisingly, however, The Young Choreographer’s Evening completely sold out. Weil came backstage to ask the performers if we’d agree to perform a second show that same evening at 9:00 PM? We did and that is how the tradition of two shows at 7PM and 9PM was born. Each year though, there are different guest curators chosen by Walker’s Performing Arts curator and staff. For the 20th anniversary concert, curated by Tom Kanthak, for the advertisement, he used the poster from the first evening. The photo caught me in a moment from my solo called “I Never Saw Another Butterfly”, inspired by a poem included in a collection of imprisoned children’s poetry and drawings, from Theresienstadt , the Nazi WWII ghetto camp. The poem was written by the child poet and Holocaust victim Pavel Friedman who wrote it in Theresienstadt before his tragic deportation to Auschwitz.

 In 2005, when the Walker addition was being built, no official show was held, but a renegade performance co-curated by choreographers April Sellers and Laurie Van Wieren was seen outside in the snowy sculpture garden, dubbed “Out in the Cold” by Patrick Scully.

By Walker’s count, for the 30th Choreographers’ Evening, in 2001, Kristin Van Loon and I co-curated the Choreographers' Evening. The program included “Mergers and Acquisitions,” a trio I created with Brian Sostek and Patrick Scully.

For Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 24, 2012 (the Choreographers’ Evening migrated to that holiday weekend for many years), I remounted “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” on dancer Megan McClellan, with new music by Jim Miller. This year’s recent Choreographers’ Evening was called “Body Prayers: Choreographers’ Evening Special Edition” curated by the African-Centered healing artist and choreographer, DejaJoelle on June 4, 2021. The choreographers she chose can be seen on the Walker website: https://walkerart.org/calendar/2021/body-prayers-choreographers-evening-special-edition

I join DejaJoelle’s call to include body-prayers in performance, to refuse “to wither in the face of oppression and injustice”. Through our prayers and dancing, and my dance writing, I continue to examine the plight of children. Since Pavel’s fate in World War II until today, the situation for children has only worsened; child refugees world-wide, some who have been imprisoned, number between 30 – 34 million children of the 79.5 million forcibly displaced persons. “Almost Snuffed Out”, my article, centers on choreographer Kamila Rosenbaumova, who co-created musicals including “Fireflies” (Broučci) with child performers in the Theresienstadt ghetto camp. The article will appear in the forthcoming free on-line textbook called “The Holocaust, Remembrance, Respect and Resilience.” We thank Walker Art Center for continuing the annual platform for MN choreographers as we dance on to express our hopes and prayers.

Correspondence between Suzanne Weil, arts currator at the Walker and Judith

Choreographer's Evening Program