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Dr. Ruthie Abeliovich

“Soundscapes of the Hebrew Theatre,” focuses on an audio archive of dramatic productions from the early repertoire of Habima theatre.

I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities and Social Sciences at The Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Broadly stated, I study the aural and sonic aspects of theatre and performances-art. My PhD, received in 2012 from Tel Aviv University, titled “Voice, Identity, Presence: The Rhetoric of Ventriloquism in Contemporary Women’s Voice Art,” presents a comprehensive study of the theatrical and cultural concept of ventriloquism, and its appliance as representation principle in significant performances of women voice artists.

My current postdoctoral project, titled: “Soundscapes of the Hebrew Theatre,” focuses on an audio archive of dramatic productions from the early repertoire of Habima theatre. These recordings reveal Habima’s performances as saturated with a variety of musical forms from which this study will attempt to recapture the “soundscapes” embedded in these recordings, and examine how the aural dimensions of these performances stimulated the audience’s imagination and charged it with collective images. The interpretive proposition of the research concentrates on the tenuous relationship obtaining among the idiosyncratic attributes of the actors vocalic timbres and pronunciation styles (for example: accent, speech cadence, diction, intonation), the sonic values of the performance (such as melody, height of notes, rhythm, tempo, and dynamics), and the visual dimension of the stage (Such as scenery, costumes and makeup, gesture choreography).

 

Selected Publications

Abeliovich Ruthie. 2009. “Envoicing the Future: Victoria Hanna’s Exterior Voice.” Theatre Research International, 34:159-165.

Abeliovich Ruthie. 2013. “In Search of the Authors Voice: ‘The Strindberg Project’, a Performance by the Cullberg Ballet.” European Stages 1.1: 101-105.

Abeliovich Ruthie. “Voice, Identity, Presence: Stammering as an Aural Image in Victoria Hanna’s Performance Signals.” Theatre Journal (Forthcoming).

Abeliovich Ruthie. “The Occupying Spectator: Audio-Spatial Ruptures in Performative Representation of Israeli-Palestinian Encounters.” Performance Research 19.6 (Forthcoming).


Books Edited

Abeliovich Ruthie, Sharon Aronson-Lehavi, and Linda Ben-Zvi (Eds.). A Stage of Their Own: Hebrew Translations of American Women Playwrights. Tel-Aviv University press: Assaph. (Hebrew) (forthcoming).


Academic Textbook

Abeliovich Ruthie. 2012. Gender and Feminism in Modern Theatre: Advanced course Study Guide. Raanana: The Open University of Israel Press. (Hebrew).


Book Chapters

Abeliovich Ruthie. The Liberating Language of “Ach Ach Boom Trach!”, A play written by Norman Issa and Yoav Bar Lev. (Hebrew). Multicultural Theatre in Israel. Eds. Shimon Levy, Olga Levitan and Shai Bar-Yaakov. Tel-Aviv: Safra. (Hebrew) (Forthcoming).

Abeliovich Ruthie. “The voice of The Nation’s Mother: Hanna Rovina as An Acoustic Icon.” Habima: New Studies on National Theatre. Eds. Gad Kaynar, Dorit Yerushalmi and Shelly Zer-Zion. Tel-Aviv: Resling. (Hebrew) (Forthcoming).


Drama Translations

Yankowitz Susan. “Night Sky”. In: Abeliovich Ruthie, Linda Ben-Zvi, and Sharon Aronson-Lehavi and (Eds.). A Stage of Their Own: Hebrew Translations of American Women Playwrights. Tel-Aviv University press: Assaph. (Hebrew) (Forthcoming).