THE BIBLE ON THE ISRAELI STAGE
with Professor Sharon Aronson-Lehavi
Netivot Shalom - 1316 University Ave, Berkeley
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Professor Aronson-Lehavi will discuss various ways in which the Bible has been staged in contemporaryIsraeli theatre, performance, and art. By examining the central role of the Bible in constructing Israeli identity she will demonstrate how theatre performances and works of art that directly address biblical texts are able to reflect upon social questions of identity that the Israeli society faces. Using experimental artistic means and relying on the spectators' deep familiarity with the biblical texts, these performances turn the theatre into a social space for collective thinking. Works to be discussed include Rina Yerushalmi's Bible Project, Adi Nes'sBible Stories, Hanoch Levin's Sorrows of Job, and more.
Sharon Aronson-Lehavi (PhD) is the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Visiting Israeli Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a senior lecturer of theatre and performance studies at the Department of Comparative Literature, Bar-Ilan University, Israel. Aronson-Lehavi is a member of the Israel Young Academy (IYA), established by the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities. She holds a PhD in theatre studies from CUNY Graduate Center. She is the author of Gender and Feminism in Modern Theatre (2013; Hebrew); Street Scenes: Late Medieval Acting and Performance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011); and editor of Wanderers and Other Israeli Plays (Seagull Books, 2009); and co-editor with Atay Citron and David Zerbib of Performance Studies in Motion: International Perspectives and Practices in the Twenty-First Century (Methuen Drama, 2014).