october 17 - November 1, 2017
Creative residency at Seoul Dance Center in Seoul, South Korea for the development of Weft, a multimedia collaboration with composer/videographer Galen Bremer, which investigates how we weave our personal narrative from the people, places, and communities we come to know throughout our lives.
october 24 - 27, 2017 @ 10am-1pm
Memory Mapping: Contemporary Dance and Improvisation Workshop at the Seoul Dance Center.
Focusing on core strength, anatomical alignment, and movement exploration, workshops offer an environment of technical and artistic investigation for dancers of all levels. Class begins with a warm up that draws on yoga, Pilates, classical, and contemporary dance techniques to connect participants to their core and find an authentic and organic source of movement.
Class continues with improvisation exercises to explore place through sensation and memory. Participants will make physical 3-D maps of places drawn from their personal histories using texture, duration, dynamics, and rhythm. Based on these mapping scores, dancers will bring the places from their history into the room, and begin to play and interact with the stories, maps, and dances of others. Over the course of the four-day workshop, participants will use these scores to build a living composition, constructed out of the places we come from and where we are, together, alongside repertory material from Rabinowitz's solo work, Weft.
Oct 21-22 and 28-29 @ 10am-12pm
Masterclasses at the Ewha Dance Academy in Incheon, in partnership with Korea Dance Abroad
november 8 @ 7pm
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.
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.