June 19, 2008 § Leave a comment
Eleanor Dubinsky is a musician, choreographer, video and visual artist whose performances and installations create the experience of travel and a sense of immersion in the unknown. Eleanor’s work embraces and inspires imagination and explores our connections to our bodies and to one another. She is interested in expanding who gets to participate in art-making and wants to engage audience members in a sense of wonder, questioning and creativity about their everyday lives. To this end, she rehearses, installs and performs her pieces in public spaces such as train and subway stations, parks and storefront windows. Eleanor’s artistic roots are in music, beginning with classical cello at the age of three. Based in New York since 1999, she has performed and created in France, Poland, the Czech Republic, Argentina and throughout the United States.
be sure check out her myspace page to hear her awesome music…
Get on the Guagua
Eleanor’s pieces Fast Body (2007) and Get on the Guagua: a film about getting on the bus and around in general in Havana, Cuba (2006) were selected for the Danca em Foco International Videodance Showing in 2008, which will take place from August 7-24th at Oi Futuro, Rua Dois de Dezembro, 63/4º andar – Flamengo – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Eleanor will be in Turkey from July 12-29 participating in a week-long intensive workshop in music and dance improvisation with master teachers Julyen Hamilton and Barre Phillips, followed by a week-long performance residency in Cappadocia with the Paris-based dance and music collective Emma Jupe, of which she is a member. They will be developing and performing new work and performing daily for the local residents in public spaces.
June 19, 2008 § 1 Comment
I just re-uploaded a better quality of this video to youtube, check it out if you missed it before….
Clip from ABC7’s “The N Beat,” With Host Theresa Gutierrez back in 2002
Paint 4 Peace is a non-profit organization comprised of artists and activists who strive to create a culture of peace, fortify communities, and bridge the gap between humanity and politics through artistic endevors.
Jewish Identity Questions- generated by the 2008 Jewish Multiracial Network Retreat Youth Staff with Artist Maya Escobar
June 16, 2008 § 1 Comment
I just returned from the residency I did for the Jewish Multiracial Network, located at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center. As part of my programming I worked with the youth staff to generate a series of questions regarding Jewish Identity. These questions then set the framework for the theater games (inspired by theater of the oppressed) and the flag books that we made over the course of the weekend.
not everyone got around to answering these questions at the retreat, however here is a new chance. So I now invite anyone and everyone to participate in finding answers to these questions ( , non- , Jews, non-Jews….. )
What do you need from society, yourself, the Jewish Community to recognize diversity and to become aware of racism, sexism, homophobia (oppression) both internalized and experienced and the times you yourself have been racist, sexist , homophobic, and then move past to create change?
What do you do when you are in an uncomfortable situation regarding your Judaism?
Do you have a Non-Jewish side, what is that like?
What makes a person culturally Jewish?
What make you a Jew in your everyday life?
Define what makes someone Jewish.
Name your greatest Jewish moment.
Why are you Jewish?
What does a Jew look like?
Did you ever not feel Jewish?
What is it about being Jewish that makes you most proud?
What do you love about being Jewish?
What was your weirdest Jewish Experience?
Have you ever questioned your Jewish Identity?
Has anyone else ever questioned your Jewish Identity?
Have you ever questioned another persons Jewish Identity?
What symbols represent Judaism for you?
What non-Jewish activities do you partake in that to you are “Very Jewish”?
What is your responsibility as a Jew of color?
What is your responsibility as a Jew?