News & Events

Judith Brin Ingber, Jewish Dance Scholar

Judith Brin Ingber

Judith Brin Ingber is included in the forthcoming documentary film "Mr. Gaga" about the remarkable work and life of Ohad Naharin, director of the Batsheva Dance Company and creator of Gaga dance. The soon to be released film is by Tomer and Barak Heymann.

Judith is continuing her research on children's performances in the Terezin Ghetto outside Prague during World War II and working on a recreation of "Fireflies" or "Broucci" for performances in the 2015/2016 school year.

This amazing musical was created with the imprisoned children by several original artists including the visionary director Vava Schonova (who survived WWII and made it to Israel, becoming the well known theatre director Navah Shean), set and costume designer Friedl Dicker-Brandeis with help from the child actors (Friedl was the beloved children's art teacher who was deported and murdered in Auschwitz), composer Karel Svenk (leading figure in Terezin's cabaret who died en route to the Mauthausen Camp) and choreographer Kamila Rosenbaumova.

Judith in the Terezin Ghetto Archives with Helena Illnerova, whose father, Dr. Karl Lagus, was imprisoned there.

– – –

Judith was recently a guest lecturer for the day at the University of CA, Riverside dance department, which turns out stellar dance doctorates including Hannah Schwadron, who was a Dance Lab participant at the Conney Conferece. Judith spoke about the development of theater dance in Israel and also the Batsheva Dance Company’s 50th Gala celebration a year ago. Read Judith's latest article, Bravo and Mazel Tov, covering the anniversary in the double issue of the Dance Critic Association's newsletter (fall/winter 2014). Thanks go to the Dance Critic Association and the DCA newsletter editor Robert Johnson.
















Seeing Israeli and Jewish Dance

With authors from Seeing Israeli and Jewish Dance offering papers at the recent Conney Conference on Jewish Arts in Los Angeles, it was also great to have the book available. Judith Brin Ingber, Nina Spiegel and Janice Ross’s papers are all available on The Conney Project website, here.

– – –

Baruch Agadati

Judith presented her paper about Baruch Agadati, pictured in the poster, the first Hebrew Dancer, and Boris Aronson, who costumed Agadati (seen in the poster), and was later remembered for his Fiddler on the Roof set design. Watch the Conney Conference videos here. For more information,