january 12 - february 26, 2018
Scenario-based Composition to Engage, Nurture, and Empower (SCENE) Workshops offer creative movement skills to non-dancers in underserved communities to enhance participants’ critical thinking, creative problem solving, and leadership skills.
february 15 - march 11, 2018
april 6 - 13, 2018
april 16 - 21, 2018
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.
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.
For the month of January, 2017 I was in process with Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre for the creation of a new work, Against a Hard Surface, at the Palestinian Museum in Birzeit, Palestine. This evening length piece about life under occupation will premiere at the Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival on April 29, 2017.
Following the world premiere screening at the Dance on Camera Festival, part of the Shorts Program II: Experimental, at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center on February 16, 2016, this abstract short dance film screened at the Detroit Dance City Festival on August 24, 2016, and Muestra Movimiento Audovisual in Guadeljara, Mexico, on November 10, 2016. Most recently, know you made it's European Premiere at the Dance on Screen Festival in Graz, Austria. Created in collaboration with Emma Hoette and Galen Bremer.
This Fall I had the honor of sharing the work of Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre with new audiences in Philadelphia via workshops, performance, and discussions in partnership with Jewish Voice for Peace and The Whole Shebang. I also spoke with Artistic Director Samar Haddad King at Columbia University's Center for Palestine Studies on November 29, 2016.
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.
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.
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.