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Saturday, May 4, 2019 | 7-9pm
Mutual Irradiation: Embodied Palestine Solidarity with Nicole Bindler

Mutual Irradiation: Embodied Palestine Solidarity with Nicole Bindler
Saturday, May 4, 2019 | 7-9pm
Sliding Scale – Suggested Donation / No one turned away for lack of funds

This lecture briefly covers the history of the formation of Palestinian and Israeli folk dance forms as representations of national identity. Artist Nicole Bindler will present video documentation of Palestinian and Israeli folk dances, plus the work of contemporary choreographers from the region. Bindler will discuss the conditions under which these artists live and make their work, and how Brand Israel informs their funding, touring structures, and even the content of their dances.

This presentation is also informed by Bindler’s three year collaboration with Diyar Theater (Bethlehem, Palestine). They recently completed a U.S. tour of their performance piece, WOMEN, which is a hybrid folk/contemporary dance that contains stories and images by and about women living under occupation. Sources include “Dance and Authenticity in Israel and Palestine: Performing the Nation,” by Elke Kaschl; “Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights,” by Omar Barghouti; and the essay “A Dancing Body Offers Legitimacy to the State” by Shir Hacham and Ido Feder, from the book, “Social Choreography” edited by Bojana Cvejić and Ana Vujanović.

See Bindler’s author page on thINKingDANCE for her articles, including several on Palestine/Israel.

About Nicole Bindler

Nicole Bindler is a body-based performing artist whose work is inspired by her training in new dance, dance-theater, contact improvisation, butoh, Body-Mind Centering®, yoga, and Feldenkrais. Her performance work and teaching have been presented at festivals and intensives throughout the U.S., Canada, Argentina, Europe, and in Tokyo, Beirut, Bethlehem, Mexico City, and Quito. She has been presented by High Zero Festival, Transmodern Age Festival, Shawinigan Street Theater Festival, FringeArts (formerly Philadelphia Live Arts Festival,) D.C. Improvisation Festival, The Kennedy Center, Danspace Project, Links Hall, Performance Mix Festival, Earthdance’s Moving Arts Lab, Cultivate, nEW Festival, X Fest, Bowerbird & ThirdBird, CEC New Edge mix, First Person Arts, and Irtijal09’.

Her work has been supported by the Leeway Foundation, the Puffin Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (through Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts), Ellen Forman Memorial Award, Philadelphia Dance Projects, Mascher Space Cooperative, the Community Education Center, FringeArts, and the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage. Her piece “I made this for you”, created in collaboration with Gabrielle Revlock, was a 2011 finalist for the A.W.A.R.D. Show!

Bindler holds a B.A. in Dance and Poetry from Hampshire College, a degree in Muscular Therapy from the Muscular Therapy Institute and certificates in Embodied Anatomy Yoga, Embodied Developmental Movement and Yoga, and Practitioner of Body-Mind Centering from the School for Body-Mind Centering.

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About Mutual Irradiation

Mutual Irradiation is an interdisciplinary performance and lecture series initiated by Jim Strong. Referencing a Quaker devotional text, Mutual Irradiation refers to as an inner radiance which can be mutually drawn between the listener and the one being listened to, in the pull of deep conversation and sharing. A category of listening which in a social and reciprocal context behaves like the connecting of a circuit, beginning a transmission of radiance, intimacy, ideas, blueprints…

Please note that Vox Populi is located on the third floor of a historic warehouse building at 319 N. 11th Street and that there are five steps leading from the street-level to the first-floor landing where the passenger elevator picks-up/drops-off. The entry into/out of the elevator is 29-inches wide, so may not accommodate all wheelchairs or motorized chairs. Any individual requiring a ramp to navigate this entryway is encouraged to get in touch with Vox Populi ahead of time to coordinate ramp-access and discuss accessibility details. Our ramps may not be suitable for all wheelchairs or motorized chairs, so we strongly encourage anyone requiring a ramp to be in touch at: or 215.238.1236

Nicole Bindler
May 4, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
May 4, 2019 @ 9:00 pm