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FT-270411-20Research Programs: Summer StipendsRebecca Leigh RossenHolocaust Dances: Holocaust Representation in Contemporary Dance5/20/2020 - 7/20/2020$6,000.00RebeccaLeighRossen   University of Texas, AustinAustinTX78712-0100USA2020Dance History and CriticismSummer StipendsResearch Programs6000060000

Research and writing leading to a book about dances depicting the Holocaust and its history, memory and trauma, from 1960 to the present.

The Holocaust has been a major focus of film, theater, literature, and visual art. Dance has also served as a powerful forum to address the Holocaust; there have been many such works, yet there are no books on this topic. Holocaust Dances addresses this gap by examining depictions of the Shoah, history, memory, and trauma in select dances created between 1960 and the present. I will argue that dance has served as a fertile platform for making an embodied intervention into an immensely complex history of trauma and loss, intolerance and bigotry. Holocaust dances have the potential to make manifest traces of the past, nudge memorials and archives out of stasis, and involve viewers and participants in collective and performative acts of witnessing and commemoration.