judith Ingber

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I am interested in collaborative work.


Artist Statement

I believe that the arts are an important vehicle for enhancing Jewish identity. My dances, writing, teaching and collaborations are my way of participating in the creativity of Judaism for myself, students and audiences.

Judith Brin Ingber is a dancer and independent scholar. Her bio can be found at the new Jewish Women's Encyclopedia -- see https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/ingber-judith-brin
Sometimes she's choreographing, performing or working on articles. Her next performances will be for Minneapolis choreographers Berit Ahlgren and Helen Hatch's upcoming outdoor "LDV" August 7-8, 2021 at The Shed. At the 5:30 Aug. 7 show she will show her newest duet, "Number Our Days", dancing with Stephanie Grey, accompanied by Jim Miller. For tickets contact [email protected]

Previously, Brin Ingber choreographed her trio "Whose Temple Is It?" an imaginative and humorous take about Solomon's Temple and the former Mason's Temple now known as the Hennepin Center for the Arts. It was a collaboration with Sally Rousse in Rousse's multi-story performances at the Hennepin Center for the Arts. Other artists Judith's worked with include Craig Harris, the composer/musician who scored Brin Ingber's recreation of "Broucci", a children's musical from the Theresienstadt Czech ghetto during World War II. It was seen at the Czech Slovak Sokol Hall in St. Paul with children from Sokol's theatre and folk dance program as well as the Sokol adult choir.
Another important collaborator for Brin Ingber is musician David Harris. They co-founded the chamber performing group Voices of Sepharad which toured widely in the US, Canada and Poland from 1987 for many years. Their repertoire included many unique works which Brin Ingber choreographed and performed in such as "These Things We Remember," about the effects of the Expulsion from Spain; about the 15th century heroine "The Story of Dona Gracia Mendes de Naci"; a Moroccan Wedding Suite; and an ode to children murdered in the Holocaust called "Endechas".
Brin Ingber's writing has centered on Jewish themes. The anthology she edited "Seeing Israeli and Jewish Dance" (Wayne State Univ., 2011) established her as the founding scholar of Jewish dance studies. Her chapter "Almost Snuffed Out: The Story of 'Fireflies' (Broučci ) and its Choreographer Kamila Rosenbaumová" will be in the forthcoming e-book "The Holocaust: Remembrance, Respect, and Resilience". It will be a free text for college students edited by Suki John of TCU and Michael Polgar of Penn State. (For a complete listing of her writing and performances see www.jbriningber.com)
She also lectures at the Conney Conference on Jewish Arts at the Univ of WI, at the 92Y in NY, and often returns to teach at Western Galilee College and the Seminar HaKibbutzim in Israel.
She grew up in Minneapolis, studying ballet with Lorand Andahazy and Anna Adrianova before going to Sarah Lawrence College in New York to major in dance. After graduation, she worked as the editorial assistant at "Dance Magazine" in NY and danced in "Juice" choreographed by Meredith Monk at the Guggenheim Museum.
In the 1970s she lived in Israel where she taught for the Batsheva Dance Company and Bat Dor Dance Company as well as working as the assistant to Inbal Dance Theatre’s founder and resident choreographer Sara Levi-Tanai. The acclaimed choreographer for the Batsheva Dance Company, Ohad Naharin, was once a student of Brin Ingber's when he was a Batsheva apprentice. She can be seen speaking about Naharin in the recent award winning bio-pic "Mr. Gaga". In Israel, Brin Ingber also co- founded the "Israel Dance Annual" the first Israeli dance magazine with Giora Manor. Now called "Dance Today", the magazine is edited by Ruth Eshel. They co-edited "Dance Today #36" based on the international dance conference "Jews and Judaism in the Dance World". (see website https://www. israeldance-diaries.co.il/en/).
After she returned from Israel, she taught for over twenty years in the Dept. of Theatre Arts and Dance at the University of Minnesota.
I love to excite students, families and audiences through illustrated lectures (especially based on my book "Seeing Israeli and Jewish Dance" with over 150 rare and historic photos) as well as through lively workshops using both Sephardic and Ashkenazic dance. I especially enjoy leading wedding dances at wedding receptions to extend the joy and happiness of the bride and groom and their guests.

Work Samples

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