Dance, Art and Politics Study Tour in Israel

How does dance inhabit and flourish in a country that is at the heart of a decades-long conflict? How do some of the most influential choreographers of our time practice their art in such a dynamic and charged environment, providing us with a lens onto a country that is their homeland? 



Program Overview

Explore how Israeli choreographers and dancers address politics, race, gender and religion in their artistic process. You will gain a geographical and conceptual understanding of the spaces in which dance lives and breathes by taking classes with some of Israel’s most renowned choreographers in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, at the Vertigo Eco-Village on Kibbutz Nativ HaLamed Hey, and in the desert.

Tel Aviv on the Mediterranean Sea

Tel Aviv on the Mediterranean Sea
Photo by Jonathan Maynard


Students must take the following four-unit course:

Dance, Art and Politics

IDANC-UT 1701.001 | 4 units | Instructors: Pam Pietro and Benjamin Hary

Experience Israel through dance exploration. This J-term course will consist of dance and dance making inside the socio-cultural landscape of Israel. Students can expect to meet Israeli artists who will be teaching movement classes based on their own improvisation and choreographic process, Gaga classes, and create a site-specific work with the participants on the course. We will spend one full day at the Maslool Professional Dance Program working with their resident choreographer and students, as well as working with Dana Ruttenberg’s Project 48 where dancers and choreographers are placed together in randomly created groups, in a fast-paced microcosm, and 24 hours later a new work is created. There will be panel discussions with young and emerging choreographers living and creating in Israel. Finally, we will spend an afternoon spent at the Eco-Art Village, at Kibbutz Nativ HaLamed Hey, which is home to the famous Vertigo Dance Company.

Students will be required to do some preliminary research on Israel’s political structure and the choreographer’s/artists living and working in the country.

Exterior of the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center

Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center
Photo by Jonathan Maynard


January 2019

Student Arrival: Sunday, January 6, 2019
Student Departure: Saturday, January 19, 2019

Arrival and departure dates are subject to change.


The application for January Term 2019 is now closed.

Application: Please read the following admissions information before starting your application.

For more information, please view our Admissions Calendar.

Outdoor market in Tel Aviv

Market in Tel Aviv
Photo by Jonathan Maynard


January 2019

  • Undergraduate Tuition and Registration and Services Fee: $6,500

Additional fees:

  • Program Fee: $330
  • Geo Blue Global Health Insurance: $29.10

Please review the Tisch Special Programs cancellation policy.

Visit the NYU Office of the Bursar for additional information on tuition and fees.

Housing at NYU Tel Aviv

NYU Tel Aviv
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Visit the NYU Tel Aviv website for options and costs.