Jewish Theater and Dance

Jewish Theatre

Arthur Miller's Jewish Themes

Miller laced his writings with Jewish themes and characters for more than half a century. His world was infused with a certain type of Jewishness, but whatever form it took, he did not view himself as a member of an ancient religious community.

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Contemporary Theater

Images of Jews in American Theater

Images of Jews in American Theater

Jewish pride--and shame--on stage.

American Jewish Theater

A history of Jewish theatre in America.

Joseph & the Technicolor Dreamcoat

This now-iconic musical takes a new look at a very old fashion statement.

Israeli Theater

A culmination of foreign and native influences.

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict on Stage

Yael Ronen's "Plonter" exposes the emotional experience of "the other."

Yiddish & European Theater

European Jewish Theater

European Jewish Theater

From 1600 to the 20th century.

Yiddish Theater in Europe

The short-lived yet influential movement.

Theater in the Nazi Concentration Camps

Creativity and resistance in Dachau and Buchenwald.

Yiddish Theater in New York

A cultural phenomenon of Jewish America in the early 20th century.

Molly Picon

Star of Yiddish film and theatre.


Dance

Jewish Dance in Premodern Era

Jewish Dance in Premodern Era

Jewish dance from the Bible to Hasidism.

Jewish Dance in America

Feminism and contemporary notions of individualism have challenged traditional Judaism and created new dance traditions.

Redefining Modern Dance

NYC's 92nd Street Y helped broaden American dance to embrace multiculturalism and diversity.

Israeli Dance

Turning away from tradition and establishing its own roots.

Folkdance

Traditional dances find new values.

Major Figures

Anna Sokolow

Anna Sokolow

An American Jewish artist with an international legacy.

Sara Levi-Tanai

Taking ancient Yemenite moves to create modern dances.

Arthur Miller

In his only novel, Arthur Miller explored contemporary anti-Semitism.

Sholem Asch

A writer who bridged both Old World and New, but fit into neither.

Quiz Yourself

From Yiddish theatre to Israeli folkdance, performing arts are a key part of Jewish self expression. How much do you know about Jewish theatre and dance?

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