Judaica Project Bibliography

This bibliography is a work in progress. It is intended to help contextualize the Judaica project through an indicative list of resources and is not intended to be comprehensive. Suggestions are welcome!

Embodied Research & Laboratory Theatre

Allain, Paul, ed. (2009) Grotowski’s Empty Room. New York: Seagull Books.

Allegue, Ludivine, Simon Jones, Baz Kershaw, and Angela Piccini, eds. (2009)Practice-as-Research in Performance and Screen. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Freeman, John (2010) Blood, Sweat & Theory: Research through Practice in Performance. Oxfordshire, UK: Libri Publishing.

Nascimento, Claudia Tatinge (2009) Crossing Cultural Borders Through the Actor’s Work: Foreign Bodies of Knowledge. New York: Routledge.

Nelson, Robin (2013) Practice as Research in the Arts: Principles, Protocols, Pedagogies, Resistances. New York: Palgrave.

Profeta, Katherine (2015) Dramaturgy in Motion: At Work on Dance and Movement Performance. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press.

Richards, Thomas (2008) Heart of Practice. New York: Routledge.

Riley, Shannon Rose, and Lynette Hunter, eds. (2009) Mapping Landscapes for Performance as Research: Scholarly Acts and Creative Cartographies. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Schatzki, Theodore R., Karin Knorr Cetina, and Eike von Savigny, eds. (2001) The Practice Turn in Contemporary Theory. New York: Routledge.

Schechner, Richard and Lisa Wolford, eds. (1997) The Grotowski Sourcebook. New York: Routledge.

Schino, Mirella (2009) Alchemists of the Stage: Theatre Laboratories in Europe.New York: Icarus Publishing Enterprise and Routledge.

Schwab, Michael, ed. (2013) Experimental Systems: Future Knowledge in Artistic Research. Leuven University Press.

Spatz, Ben (2016) “Singing Research: Judaica 1 at the British Library.” Journal of Interdisciplinary Voice Studies 1.2: 161-172.

Spatz, Ben (2015) What a Body Can Do: Technique as Knowledge, Practice as Research. London and New York: Routledge.

Spatz, Ben (2014) “Massimiliano Balduzzi: Research in Physical Training for Performers.” Theatre, Dance and Performance Training 5.3: 270-290.

Spatz, Ben (2013) “Citing Musicality: Performance Knowledge in the Gardzienice Archive.” Studies in Musical Theatre 7.2: 221-35.

Wolford, Lisa (1996) Grotowski’s Objective Drama Research. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.

Zarrilli, Phillip B. (2009) Psychophysical Acting: An Intercultural Approach after Stanislavski. New York: Routledge.

(Jewish) Cultural Heritage

Biale, David, ed. (2002) Cultures of the Jews: A New History. New York: Schocken Books.

Bithell, Caroline (2014) A Different Voice, A Different Song: Reclaiming Community through the Natural Voice and World Song. Oxford University Press.

Boyarin, Jonathan and Daniel Boyarin (2002) Powers Of Diaspora: Two Essays On The Relevance Of Jewish Culture. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Buber, Martin (2002) [1955] The Legend of the Baal-Shem. New York and London: Routledge.

Butler, Judith (2013) Parting Ways: Jewishness and the Critique of Zionism. New York: Columbia University Press.

Eilberg-Schwartz, Howard, ed. (1992) People of the Body: Jews and Judaism from an Embodied Perspective. New York: SUNY Press.

Goehr, Lydia (1992) The Imaginary Museum of Musical Works: An Essay in the Philosophy of Music. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Barbara (2005) “The Corporeal Turn.” The Jewish Quarterly Review 95.3: 447-461.

Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Barbara and Jonathan Karp, eds. (2008) The Art of Being Jewish in Modern Times. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Presner, Todd Samuel (2007) Muscular Judaism: The Jewish Body and the Politics of Regeneration. New York and London: Routledge.

Rothberg, Michael (2009) Multidirectional Memory: Remembering the Holocaust in the Age of Decolonization. Stanford University Press.

Sicher, Efraim, ed. (2015) Race, Color, Identity: Rethinking Discourses about “Jews” in the Twenty-First Century. Oxford and Brooklyn: Berghahn Books.

Solis, Ted, ed. (2004) Performing Ethnomusicology: Teaching and Representation in World Music Ensembles. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Slabodsky, Santiago (2014) Decolonial Judaism: Triumphal Failures of Barbaric Thinking. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Summit, Jeffrey A. (2000) The Lord’s Song In A Strange Land: Music and Identity in Contemporary Jewish Worship. New York: Oxford University Press.

Taylor, Diana (2008) “Performance and Intangible Cultural Heritage.” The Cambridge Companion to Performance Studies. Cambridge University Press.

Taylor, Diana (2003) The Archive and the Repertoire. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Weisenberg, Joey (2011) Building Singing Communities: A Practical Guide to Unlocking the Power of Music in Jewish Prayer. New York: Mechon Hadar.

Wolfe, Patrick (2015) Traces of History: Elementary Structures of Race. Verso Books.

Research Support

Judaica external logos


Laboratory Phase (2017)
Center for Jewish Studies, CUNY
Galicia Jewish Museum, Kraków
Goldsmiths, University of London
Grotowski Institute, Wroclaw
ISSJ, Philadelphia
JW3 Community Center, London
LABA Lab for Jewish Culture, NYC
Leimay Ensemble, NYC
Massolit Books, Krakow
Martin E. Segal Center, CUNY
New York University
NN Theatre, Lublin
Panoply Performance Lab, NYC
POLIN Museum, Warsaw
RCSSD, London
SITI Company, NYC
Tufts University, Boston
University of Kent
University of Manchester
Wesleyan University, Connecticut
White Stork Synagogue, Wroclaw

Performance Art (2017)
Actformance, Huddersfield
Awkward Bastards, Birmingham

Chorus (2017-2018)
Holocaust Memorial, Huddersfield

Dybbuk version (2014-2015)
Performing the Jewish Archive
University of Huddersfield

Aleph version (2013)
Performance Mix Festival, NYC

Steampunk version (2012)
Movement Research, NYC
Earthdance, MA
Triskelion Arts, NYC


Project Leader
Ben Spatz

Laboratory Phase (2017)
Nazlıhan Eda Erçin
Agnieszka Mendel

Performance Art (2017)
Maiada Aboud

Dybbuk version (2014-2016)
Sióbhán Harrison
Jennifer Parkin
Sobhia Jones
Nicola Fisher
Karoliina Sandstrom

Aleph version (2013)
Bruce Steinberg

Steampunk version (2012)
Margot Bassett