Production Details / Press Releases
A body without a place sings, and through language, shapes reality. Can it address its trauma, inherited, the body itself as the medium of moving and moving through, or does it blow that trauma through other bodies instead?
In this solo of nigunim, embodied, trancelike Jewish songs of worship that usually incorporate bible verses or other classical texts, these lyrics will tap into the words of Jewish activists past – such as Rabbi Joshua Abram Heschel, who recalled feeling like his “legs were praying” as he walked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1965 – and present. A nigun is a song, but is related to nagan, a weapon.
The solo explores a joyful approach to spirit that is rooted in tikkun olam – repairing the world – in which body and voice carry a vision of queer, inclusive, activist Judaism into the future.
David Bloom is a choreographer, dancer, teacher, father, filmmaker, bodyworker, pianist, and fermenting Jewish mystic. Graduated from the M.A. Choreography course at HZT Berlin, danceWEB scholarship in 2012. David teaches in many contexts, including HZT Berlin, Tanzquartier Vienna, Tanzfabrik Berlin, Human Architecture Lab in St. Petersburg, K3 in Hamburg, the Masters of Contemporary Dance Education in Frankfurt, the Rietveld Academy for Fine Arts & Design in Amsterdam, & the ImPulsTanz Festival in Vienna.
TFB Nr. 1748
Cast & Credits
Dance, Choreography, Audio: David Bloom
Audio based on conversations with Sara Gothelf-Bloom, Dr. Steven Bloom, Bonnie Buckner, Rabbi Diane Elliot, Rabbi Julia Watts Belser, Stuart B. Meyers, Shoshana Vogel of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, Rabbi Irwin Keller, Nicole Bindler, Isaac Flegel-Mishlove of IfNotNow
Sound post-production & remixes: Mei Bao
Audio support: Jassem Hindi, Juan Rojas
Nigunishe support: Jalda Rebling
Special thanks to Dekel Peretz, Louise Trueheart, Lukas Matthaei, Alex Lauck, Nikola Pieper, HZT Berlin, Felicitas, Nara, Vincenz, and the great team at Tanzfabrik
“At Sinai”, music & lyrics by David Bloom
“Olam Chesed Yibaneh”, music & lyrics by Menachem Creditor
The research for the project was supported by an Initial-Stipendium from Akademie der Künste, and by a #takeheart research grant in the frame of Neustart Kultur by Fonds Darstellende Künste.
Tanzfabrik Berlin / Wedding
The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):