2017 Judaica Research Tour

After four months of focused research, the Judaica trio co-organized a series of events at 20 different universities, performing arts centres, and Jewish cultural venues across the United Kingdom, United States, and Poland. These events reached more than 700 people including performing and visual artists, scholars and researchers, and students.

(Please scroll down for other 2017 events.)


Thursday 31 August: Conference Presentation
‘Molecular identities: Song as Philosophy in the Embodied Laboratory’

Theatre and Performance Studies Association
Theatre, Performance and Philosophy Working Group
University of Salford

Tuesday 5 September: Conference Presentation
‘Democratizing Songwork: Collaboration in the Embodied Research Lab’

Democracy in Music Symposium
University of Huddersfield



7-8 and 11-12 September: Expeditions
Visits to synagogues in:
– Szydłów
– Działoszyce
– Nowy Korczyn
– Pińczów
in collaboration with Massolit Books, Kraków


13-22 September: Residency
Brzezinka and Na Grobli Studio
at The Grotowski Institute, Wrocław

Wednesday 13 September: Meeting
Meeting with Mira Żelechower

Friday 15 September: Concert
‘Okruchy Pieśni’ / ‘Concert of Fragments’
14:00 at White Stork Synagogue, Wrocław

20-22 September: Workshop
at The Grotowski Institute

Friday 22 September: Lecture/Performance
What Is a Song? For an Ethics of Embodied Research
19:00 at The Grotowski Institute
with Dariusz Kosiński


Saturday 23 September: Lecture/Performance and Discussion
18:00 Event including Judaica performance
20:00 Discussion
Warsaw Gallery Weekend event (English | Polish)
with Yael Vishnizki Levi and Patrycja Orzechowska
at POLIN Museum, Warsaw

Sunday 24 September: Workshops and Video Screenings
13:00-16:00 Workshop (free admission, booking required)
18:30 Video Screenings
Warsaw Gallery Weekend event (English | Polish)
at POLIN Museum, Warsaw


Tuesday 26 September: Lecture/Performance
at Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre Centre, Lublin
(Facebook event)


Sunday 1 October: Full Day of Events
‘Judaica: Bodies of Song’
12:30-14:00 Workshop
14:00-16:00 Video Screenings
16:00 Live Presentation
at Galicia Jewish Museum (Polish page)
with Marek Tuszewicki



Tuesday 3 October: Full Day of Events
‘Who Owns a Song?’
12:00-17:00 Video Screenings
13:00-14:30 Singing Workshop
18:00-19:45 Judaica Performance/Lecture
20:00-22:00 Guest Artist Presentations
with Yvon BonenfantNwando Ebizie, and Shanti Suki Osman
at JW3 Jewish Community Center — click to reserve (£6 fee)

Wednesday 4 October: Research Events
‘New Dramaturgies of Actor Training’
14:00-17:00 Workshop with MA/MFA Actor Training and Coaching
18:00-20:00 Research Seminar (open event — click HERE to register)
at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Friday 6 October: Artist Exchange
at Goldsmiths, University of London



Tuesday 10 October: Artist Exchange
9:30-3:30 with the International Interdisciplinary Artists Consortium
at Cave, home of Leimay

Tuesday 10 October: Panel Discussion
The Body and the Book: Artistic Research in Today’s Academy‘ 
(FB event)
with Ximena Garnica, André Lepecki, Dana Whitco, and Katherine Profeta
7:00-9:00pm at NYU Department of Performance Studies

Weds-Thurs 11-12 October: Workshop for Artists
10:00-14:00 at Cave, home of Leimay
please click HERE to register

Friday 13 October: Encounter with Drama Therapy
‘Play/Work/Lab: Non-Empty Spaces’
Meeting with practitioners of Developmental Transformations
hosted by NYU Steinhardt School

Monday 16 October: Full Day of Events
Judaica: For a Politics of Embodied Research
12:00-17:00 Video Screenings
18:30 Lecture/Performance
at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, CUNY
co-hosted by CUNY Center for Jewish Studies
and SITI Thought Center


Wednesday 18 October: Full Day of Events
10:00-13:00 Workshop at The Whole Shebang
13:00-16:00 Video Screenings at The Whole Shebang
19:00-20:00 Lecture/Performance at FringeArts
20:00-21:00 Panel Discussion at FringeArts [click for AUDIO]
with Fatima Adamu, Dan Blacksberg, Lela Aisha Jones and Ezra Berkley Nepon
moderated by Nicole Bindler
presented by The Institute for Somatics and Social Justice
co-sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace Philadelphia


Thursday 19 October: Full Day of Events
13:20-14:50 Guest Class with Pedro Alejandro
16:40-18:10 Workshop at World Music Hall
20:00 Lecture/Performance and Roundtable Discussion
at Wesleyan University
hosted by:
The Department of Dance
The Department of Music
The College of Letters
The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life

Friday 20 October
8:30-9:45 Senior Colloquium with Susan Lourie


Friday 20 October: Workshop
with Jeffrey A. Summit
at Tufts University Hillel, Medford

Saturday 21 October
Judaica: Travelogue
18:00-20:00 at Studio@550, Cambridge



Tuesday 24 October: Research Seminar
For an Audio-Visual Laboratory of Humanities
18:30-20:30 Performance/Lecture and Discussion
hosted by European Theatre Research Network
at Jarman Building, University of Kent


Thursday 26 October: Full Day of Events
Bodies of Song: For a Laboratory of the Humanities
14:15-16:00 Workshop
16:30-18:00 Performance/Lecture
18:00-19:00 Discussion
19:00 Reception at Kro Bar
hosted by Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Arts and Languages
as part of the research series ‘Constraints of Creativity
at University of Manchester


Tuesday 31 October: Research Seminar
The Camera and the Trained Body
17:30-19:30 Open Lab, Roundtable and Discussion
hosted by Performance Training, Preparation and Pedagogy
at Alec Clegg Studio, University of Leeds


14-15 January
Vocality/Instrumentality Conference
University of Huddersfield

17 January
Guest talk: ‘Re-Reading Grotowski in the Anthropocene’
University of the Arts, Helsinki

26 January
Participation in Holocaust Memorial Day procession
Huddersfield, UK

25 February
Performance: ‘Behold How Good
ACTformance, Byram Arcade, Huddersfield

10 March
Guest presentation
Digital Echoes symposium
Centre for Dance Research, Coventry

13 March
Guest workshop
Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology
University of Manchester

23 March
Performance: ‘Behold How Good
Awkward Bastards at MAC, Birmingham

7 April
Research presentation: ‘Future Documents: Songwork as Embodied Research.’
Joint SCUDD/NAMHE/DanceUK conference
University of Huddersfield

8 May
Guest workshop led by Colin Poole

25 May
Guest talk: ‘Future Documents: Video Epistemology and Embodied Research.’
Spring Gathering, Knowing from the Inside ERC project
University of Aberdeen

8 June
Performance Studies International
Kampnagel, Hamburg, Germany

14 June
Popular Music Studies Research Group
University of Huddersfield

17 June
Guest presentation
Practice, Reflect, Share: Ways into Research
Stanislavski Centre, Rose Bruford College, Sidcup

23 June
Beyond Borders Seminar
Identity Papers Journal
University of Huddersfield

26-29 June
Laboratory guest: Dr Caroline Gatt

9-14 July
Annual meeting of the Embodied Research Working Group
International Federation for Theatre Research
University of São Paulo, Brazil

1-4 August
Laboratory guest: Elaine Spatz-Rabinowitz
Gallery of photographs

7-10 August
Laboratory guest: YARON band
Concert in St Paul’s church on 9 August

14-17 August
Laboratory guest: Massimiliano Balduzzi

Special thanks for helping with these events goes to Joshua Abrams, Katie Adler, Robert Adlington, Pedro Alejandro, Paul Allain, Massimiliano Balduzzi, Julie Becker, Francesca Billiani, Nicole Bindler, Caroline Bithell, Peter Boenisch, Yvon Bonenfant, Rukhsana Browning, Franc Chamberlain, Callie Chapman, Ewa Chomicka, Rachel Cowgill, Fred Dalmasso, Scott DeLahunta, Judy Dunaway, Nwando Ebizie, Ximena Garnica, Caroline Gatt, Gian-Murray Gianino, Michelle Goldsmith, Kalina Gotman, Kristine Healy, Tim Ingold, Andrew Irving, Bente Kahan, Frances Kay, Esa Kirkkopelto, Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Maria Kapsali, Katja Kolcio, Ada Kopeć-Pawlikowska, Dariusz Kosiński, Dominika Laster, Mike Layward, André Lepecki, Abigail Levine, Susan Lourie, Jodie Matthews, Jan Mazanka, David Miller, Roanna Mitchell, Izabela Młynarz, Ian Morgan, Shige Moriya, Ronit Muszkatblit, Esther Neff, Jacqueline Nicholls, Shanti Suki Osman, Josiah Pearsall, Frances Phillips, Kate Pitt, Colin Poole, Michelle Preston, Katherine Profeta, Nisha Sajnani, Peter Sciscioli, Sarah Sigal, Jill Sigman, Johannes Sjoberg, Barry Smerrin, Elaine Spatz-Rabinowitz, David Stallings, Navah Steiner, Adam Strickson, Kim Strickson, Shanti Suki, Jeffrey Summit, Aniko Szucs, Rupert Till, Paul Ward, Nancy Watterson, Drew Weinstein, Anna Wencel, Mira Żelehower, and Jan Żórawski.


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


Recent talks and workshops
Aarhus University
University of Winchester
Nucleo de Investigación Artística, Chile
University of Gothenburg
University of California, Davis
Somatische Akademie Berlin
University of Leeds
University of Kent
Leeds Beckett University
Leiden University
Zurich University of the Arts
Trier University, Germany
Lithuanian Academy of M&T
American Society for Theater Research
Int Fed for Theatre Research
Cultural Studies Association
a2ru National Conference
Middlesex University, London
University of Zagreb, Croatia
University of Ghent
University of Brighton
University of Bedfordshire
Northwestern University
University of South Wales
Maastricht University
University of Anbar, Iraq
Dans Brabant, Netherlands
University of Aberdeen

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

2017 Lab Details

Team Members
Travel Calendar
List of Songs
IP Statement

Research Funding and Support
Arts & Humanities Research Council
University of Huddersfield