La Danse traditionnelle juive ashkénaze

Danielle Bailly & Michel Borzykowski, Editions L’Harmattan, Paris, 2014

In this book, the best world specialists of traditonal dance of the former Yiddishland (Eastern Europe) describe this emblematic aspect of popular Ashkenazi Jewish culture. The spiritual imprint, the diversity of significations and symbols are put to light, and another part is dedicated to the secular, diasporic aspect, characterized by the borrowing to environing cultures, adaptations and a great creativity.

Danielle Bailly is professor of linguistics in the university of Paris-Diderot. Passionate of Jewish dances, she also takes part in the Yiddish choir Jacinta’s Zingers. She joins the movement of thinking of a diasporic, secular and open Jewishness.

Michel Borzykowski is dedicated since 1996 to Jewish music. Leading klezmer music and Yiddish dance workshops, former vice-president of the association Amis de la musiques juives in Geneva, he plays in several klezmer, sefardi and arab-andalusian orchestras.

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