2023-2024 Events & Programs

Dance and Disability in Israel

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Date: Sunday, October 10, 2021

Time: 02:00pm - 

Virtual Talk

The Henry Schwartzman Endowed Seminar

Bllindness Through the Looking GlassListen to Audio Recording

This talk will explore the Israeli aspects of integrated dance, an art form that brings together dancers with and without disabilities. Together, these dancers challenge the way disability is presented and perceived in public culture and in the arts. Yet, the dance projects also reveal a hierarchy between those veterans of the Israeli Defense Forces who are disabled and others with disabilities. Integrated dance embodies the possibility of challenging national, religious, and social boundaries while expanding public awareness of multiculturalism.

Due to the copyright of images included in program, only the audio recording of the program is posted.

Hammer GiliGili Hammer is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Program in Cultural Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In her doctoral research at the Hebrew University, she focused on the social constructions of gender and femininity among blind women, and on the cultural construction of blindness and sight in the Israeli public sphere. Her current research examines sensory practices and embodied politics within the “disability culture” phenomenon, exploring integrated dance projects that bring together dancers with and without disabilities in Israel and the United States. Her work focuses on the ways that “corporeal otherness” is represented, negotiated, and regulated in the public sphere, and the meeting of diverse body types. Her fields of research include disability studies, anthropology of the senses, gender studies, research of visual culture, anthropological and sociological theory, and performance studies. She is the author of Blindness through the Looking Glass: The Performance of Blindness, Gender, and the Sensory Body (University of Michigan Press, 2019), and her articles have appeared in Gender & Society, Signs, Disability Studies Quarterly, Medical Anthropology Quarterly, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, and American Anthropologist.


Hahi Cohen and Tali Wertheim, Vertigo the Power of Balance. Photo by Elad Debi
Book cover illustration: Simonne De Sousa, FENI, 2017. Source: Henry + Lydia, Etsy

Additional Resources:

Axis Dance Company

YouTube video

DV8 Physical Theatre

YouTube video

Vertigo Power of Balance

YouTube video

Ill-Abilities - International Breakdance Crew