The Songwork Catalogue

Judaica Project 2017 (308 videos)
Songwork III: Place (130 videos)
Songwork II: Identity (80 videos)
Songwork I: Technique (98 videos)
See also: index to written commentaries

Additional Materials
Songwork 0: from earlier projects (19 videos)
Songwork Lexicon: a few key terms

Songwork III: Place

Selections from the 2017 Judaica Project laboratory
by Nazlıhan Eda Erçin, Agnieszka Mendel, and Ben Spatz

The following recordings were made at a variety of university, theatre, Jewish community, and other spaces and venues in the United Kingdom, United States, and Poland. These diverse contexts allow us to examine the complex, emergent relationships between technique, identity, and place.

at University of Leeds (UK)

at University of Manchester (UK)

at University of Kent (UK)

at Studio@550, Cambridge, MA (USA)

at FringeArts, Philadelphia (USA)

at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, NYC (USA)

at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London (UK)

at JW3 Jewish Community Centre, London (UK)

at Galicia Jewish Museum, Kraków (Poland)

at Grodzka Gate — NN Theatre, Lublin (Poland)

at POLIN Museum, Warsaw (Poland)

at The Grotowski Institute, Wrocław (Poland)

at the White Stork Synagogue, Wrocław (Poland)


at Kurozwęki Palace (Poland)

at Pinczów Synagogue (Poland)

at Nowy Korczyn Synagogue (Poland)

at Działoszyce Synagogue (Poland)


at Szydłów Synagogue (Poland)

at Chmielnik Synagogue (Poland)

at University of Salford (UK)

Songwork II: Identity

Selections from the 2017 Judaica Project laboratory
by Nazlıhan Eda Erçin, Agnieszka Mendel, and Ben Spatz

With special guests Massimiliano Balduzzi, Solomiya Moroz,
Yaron Trio, Elaine Spatz-Rabinowitz, Ilona Krawczyk, Caroline Gatt.

During this phase, the Judaica lab invited a series of guests into the laboratory. These sessions brought new artistic and ethnographic dimensions into the project, extending the field of songwork in various ways: toward anthropology, visual art, music, and more.

with Massimiliano Balduzzi, performer and teacher


with Solomiya Moroz, contemporary music composer

with Yaron Trio, musicians from Poland

with Elaine Spatz-Rabinowitz, visual artist

with Ilona Krawczyk, performer and PhD researcher

with Caroline Gatt, anthropologist and performer

Songwork I: Technique

Selections from the 2017 Judaica Project laboratory
by Nazlıhan Eda Erçin, Agnieszka Mendel, and Ben Spatz

The core of the project was defined by a new kind of laboratory in which a formalized set of roles and relations circulated between three skilled embodied practitioners. Using this method, a wide range of songwork technique could be explored and traced within a relatively short period of time.

Songwork 0

From projects by Ben Spatz and associates

The idea of articulating songwork through a catalogue of retrospectively selected video extracts came about after an August 2016 studio session in which an external videographer documented a work demonstration. Following this session, additional selections were taken from performance documentation videos made over the previous six years. This revealed the first glimpse of what can happen when audiovisual documents of performance are treated as raw data for retrospective analysis rather than as secondary records of a finished product.

Songwork Lexicon

The following terms may be useful in clarifying some aspects of songwork.

How to cite this page:

Nazlıhan Eda Erçin, Agnieszka Mendel, and Ben Spatz (2020) "Songwork Catalogue."
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