yaa Samar! dance theatre residency @ Middlebury college: Oct 23 - 25, 2019
YSDT Master Class: Wednesday, October 23 @ 4:30pm, Mahaney Center for the Arts
Public Lecture: Redefining and Reclaiming Space in Conflict Zones, October @ 4:30pm, location TBD
yaa Samar! dance theatre residency @ jacob’s pillow: Oct 28 - nov 2, 2019
For the completion of Last Ward, a new evening length performance.
During July, 2019 I was a resident artist at Lake Studios Berlin for the research and development of new work in collaboration with sound artist/composer Galen Bremer. The work in progress of My Future is Turtle (working title), which explores the nature of reality through scientific and spiritual methods, was performed as part of the Unfinished Fridays series at Lake Studios on July 16, 2019.
This new dance film, created with and inspired by photos by A-CHAN, was made in collaboration with Galen Bremer and Stephanie Sutherland, with choreography and performance by myself. The piece was featured as part of Sky and Cloud / Winter Spring, a photography exhibit by A-CHAN at +81 Gallery in SoHo, New York, February 15 - March 16, 2018, and screened at a GRRL HAUS CINEMA event in Berlin, Germany in July, 2019, with an original score by Galen Bremer.
Inspired by the young Egyptians who took to the streets to overthrow President Hosni Mubarak in 2011, this new musical presented by The American Repertory Theater (May 14 - June 23, 2019) follows six revolutionary students armed with laptops and cameras, guitars and spray cans as they come of age in a contemporary Cairo.
Directed by Taibi Magar with book, music and lyrics by Daniel Lazour and Patrick Lazour. Choreography by Samar Haddad King, Associate Choreographer, Zoe Rabinowitz.
On October 6, 2018, I performed The Playground with Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre: a multi-channel video installation and live durational performance which examines the role of games in popular culture to normalize war and violence. Featuring video footage from the American war in Iraq, the US/Colombia '94 World Cup match, and an xbox gaming station alongside four live performers stationed in cell-like rooms subjected to music torture techniques used on prisoners at Guatanamo Bay, The Playground invites audience members to question their own role as an observer in this context; at what point does their participation implicate them in the action of the game? This five-hour installation was performed as part of the 2018 Nuit Blanche Brussels festival.
A new evening length performance by Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre. Last Ward follows one man's journey towards death in a hospital room. Surrounded by the sterile mechanisms of modern medicine, the patient reflects on his life, relationships and connection to place, as the ritual of doctor visits and family calls merge with his imagination into a surreal landscape of tragedy and humor. Written and directed by Amir Nizar Zuabi, with choreography and music by Samar Haddad King, Last Ward blends dance and theater (in Arabic with English subtitles) in a highly-visual evening length performance. Preview performances took place in August, 2018 in Jerusalem and Haifa.
YSDT continued the creation process of our new evening-length dance theatre work, Last Ward, during La Fabrique Chaillot, a five week creative residency period in Paris. Last Ward follows one man's journey towards death in a hospital room. Surrounded by the sterile mechanisms of modern medicine, the patient reflects on his life, relationships and connection to place, as the ritual of doctor visits and family calls merge with his imagination into a surreal landscape of tragedy and humor. Written and directed by Amir Nizar Zuabi and choreographed by Samar Haddad King with Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre and guest artist Khalifa Natour, Last Ward blends dance and theater (in Arabic with English subtitles) in a highly-visual evening length performance.
This Spring I joined YSDT — with company members from Palestine in the US to collaborate for the first time — for the launch of a new creative process during residencies at the Dance Initiative Residency in Carbondale, CO, April 6 - 13, 2018, and Baryshnikov Arts Center Residency in New York, NY, April 16 - 21, 2018. Click here to read and listen to coverage on our Colorado residencies in the local news!
Weft investigates how we weave our personal narrative from the people, places, and communities we come to know throughout our lives. Developed in residencies in the U.S and abroad through site-based improvisation, dance for camera, and studio practice, this multi-media solo work incorporates movement, music, film projection, and textiles in an intimate live performance that attempts to unravel the thread of one artist’s journey. Original score by Galen Bremer. World premiere on November 8, 2017 at Cucalorus Festival, Thalian Theater in Wilmington, NC.
October 16 - November 2 2017, I was an artist in residence at the Seoul Dance Center in South Korea for the development of Weft, a multimedia collaboration with composer/videographer Galen Bremer. During this time I also offered a series of workshops for movers of all levels at SDC, and for pre-professional dancers at the Ewha Dance Academy in Incheon. You can view more photos of my time in Seoul here.
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.