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New Faculty Colloquium - Jews on View: Spectacle, Degradation, and Jewish Corporeality in Contemporary Dance and Performance Art

Professor Rebecca Rossen (Performance as Public Practice Program, Dept. of Theatre and Dance)

Mon, September 20, 2010 | CPE 2.212

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Photo Credit:  Steven Cohen in Cleaning Time. Photograph: Marianne Greber
Photo Credit: Steven Cohen in Cleaning Time. Photograph: Marianne Greber

The Jewish body has historically been considered effeminate, pathological, excessive, and queer. Although Jewish choreographers working in mid-century modern dance aimed to counter such images, a number of recent works by radical, Jewish performing artists amplify, rather than diminish, Jewish difference, and critique “acceptable” modes of Jewish self-representation. This lecture will discuss spectacle, degradation, and embodiment in Larry Goldhuber’s When the World Smells Like Bacon (2001), Rebecca Pappas’s Thumbnail (Monster O) (2007), and Steven Cohen’s Cleaning Time (2007), in which the South African performer crawled through historically significant public squares in Vienna sporting an outrageous costume and giant toothbrush to confront the Nazi practice of forcing Jews to clean streets.



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For more information and additional photos of the"Cleaning Time (Vienna) - A shandeh un a charpeh" performance, please visit Marianne Greber's website,



Sponsored by: Center for Women's and Gender Studies

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