Throughout the month of September 2017, Artistic Director Samar Haddad King and myself offered a series of workshops and lecture/presentations at Drew University (Madison, NJ) and Fordham University (Bronx and Lincoln Center campus). These programs focused on YSDT's work redefining and reclaiming space in conflict zones through artistic projects.
Against a Hard Surface
Against a Hard Surface, an evening-length work by Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre, asks what happens to a group of people isolated from the rest of the world by a wall. Created by theatre director Amir Nizar Zuabi and choreographer Samar Haddad King, Against a Hard Surface is a portrayal of human resistance and resilience in a dystopian landscape. World premiere: April 29, 2017, Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival. Additional performances: Al-Hakawati Theatre, Jerusalem (May 3, 2017), Krieger Center, Haifa (May 4, 2017). European premiere: June 6-8, 2017, Theater der Welt Festival in Hamburg, Germany.
Against a Hard Surface is a production of Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre and supported by the A.M Qattan Foundation/ The Qattan Grant for Performing Arts 2016 and Covillo Lynch Foundation, and co-produced by Sareyyet Ramallah in partnership with the Palestinian Museum.
In collaboration with composer Galen Bremer, this three week residency at the Marble House Project in Dorset, VT, provided space for the preliminary investigation of a new work entitled Weft, a multimedia solo based on the mythology and practice of weaving. A work-in-progress performance of the work was shared on September 13, 2016, at Marble House Project's Art-SEED performance series.
CUNY DANCE INITIATIVE Residency and Showing
In collaboration with Khaled Barghouthi, this month-long residency provided space for the development of a new work entitled MarchIn at Lehman College in the Bronx. Inspired by the camera movements of handheld video footage, and the implications of living through, and witnessing via video, various traumatic incidents, this process involved site exploration, video projection and a studio showing for students on August 30, 2016.
Harrisburg Dance Festival
On June 25 and 25, 2016, know you screened at the first annual Harrisburg Dance Festival in Harrisburg, PA, with live performances on June 26th at the Susquehanna Art Museum, featuring the solo version of be-seek-let (pictured) and Wardrobe of Choreography, Outfit #1 by Emma Hoette, in collaboration with Zoe Rabinowitz and Jessie Young.
Archaea for the Evergreens
Inspired by the Evergreens Cemetery on the Brooklyn/Queens border, Anne Zuerner's Archaea for the Evergreens, brings together abstract, spiritual and scientific ideas surrounding life and death through a large-scale, site-based work. Performed by: Martita Abril, Chris Braz, Sara Gurevich, Ainesh Madan, Penelope McCourty, Jenna Purcell, Phoebe Rose Sandford and sixth grade students from the MS 358 Dance Company on Saturdays and Sundays from May 22 - June 11, 2016. Music by: Galen Bremer. Rehearsal Director: Zoe Rabinowitz. Photo by Whitney Browne.
be-seek-let is a duet for a dancer and bicycle that investigates the relationship between human and apparatus. In a world that blurs the line between animate and inorganic, this work reimagines the connection between human and environment. be-seek-let is set to an original score by Galen Bremer, and was created with support from Women in Motion and the Manhattan Community Arts Fund. Performed on June 7, 2016 at the 15th Annual New Dance Festival in Daejeon, South Korea. Photo by Galen Bremer.
Modern Dance Workshops
Modern dance and improvisation workshops for students at Chungnam University and META Dance Company members in Daejeon, South Korea from May 31 - June 4, 2016.
Alongside+ is an international collaboration with Won Kim, Young Hoon Oh, and Tim Motzer, performed at the Arko Arts Theater as part of the International Modern Dance Festival (MODAFE) in Seoul, South Korea on May 27 and 29, 2016. Alongside+ deals with the understanding and consideration that are the prime value for the people in the world. It explores the sharing of recognition that comes out of the exchange among people based on individual free thinking. Also, the work suggests an example of horizontal, not vertical, relationship among people.
Inspired by a cemetery on the Brooklyn/Queens border, Anne Zuerner's Archaea brings together abstract, spiritual and scientific ideas surrounding life and death. This work is a re-envisioning of a large-scale, site-based work that will premiere at the Evergreens Cemetery in Spring 2016. Performed at Triskelion Arts, February 6 & 7, 2016. Choreography by Anne Zuerner. Performed by Sara Gurevich, Jenna Purcell, Zoe Rabinowitz and Anne Zuerner. Music by Galen Bremer. Photo by Steven Schreiber.
Work in progress performances with Sara Gurevich at Triskelion Arts, part of the WAXworks Showcase on January 3, 2016, and Eden's Expressway, as part of Movement Research's Open Performance Series on December 22, 2015.
A duet for two dancers and two bicycles choreographed by Zoe Rabinowitz. Performed by Lena Lauer and Zoe Rabinowitz from May 21-24, 2015 at the West End Theatre as part of the Soaking WET Series. be-seek-let was commissioned by Women in Motion and supported in part by public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.