Yaa! Samar Dance Theatre Residency at Middlebury October 23-25, 2019

For Immediate Release
October 1, 2019
Contact: Michaela Davico, (802) 443-3136 or dance@middlebury.edu

Middlebury, VT— The mission of Yaa! Samar Dance Theatre (YSDT), based in New York City and Palestine, is to create invigorating performance and education programs that expand access to–and promote understanding through–the arts.  YSDT believes art should be liberating, transformative, and accessible to all. The company is committed to uniting diverse artists and audiences in the creative process.

On Wednesday, October 23, company founder Samar Haddad King and Addison County native Zoe Rabinowitz will lead a Movement Matters master class designed to meet and challenge students wherever they are in their technical training and physical practice. Dancers are invited to inhabit their own bodies more fully and find new solutions for how to effectively communicate through performance.

During a lecture demonstration on Thursday, October 24, King and Rabinowitz share methods the company has developed to create art across physical and political barriers, and the impact of working with disenfranchised communities on creative projects. Based on their work between the US and on both sides of the Green Line in Palestine for close to a decade, the presentation features video footage from the creative process, source materials, and performance excerpts, as well as an opportunity for discussion with the audience.

A culminating showing and discussion caps off the residency on Friday, October 25. The program features veteran company members Yukari Osaka and Zoe Rabinowitz performing solo and duet excerpts from their most recent and forthcoming works - Against a Hard Surface and Last Ward - developed and performed in the Arab World and Europe.

Residency Details:

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 – 4:30 PM
Movement Matters Master Class with Samar Haddad King and Zoe Rabinowitz
Mahaney Arts Center, Dance Theatre

Thursday, October 24, 2019 – 4:30 PM
Lecture Demonstration: “Redefining and Reclaiming Space in Conflict Zones
Presenters: Samar Haddad King and Zoe Rabinowitz
Robert A Jones '59 Conference Room

Friday, October 25, 2019 – 7:30 PM
Informal Performance
Mahaney Arts Center, Dance Theatre

The Mahaney Center is located at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury. Free parking is available curbside on Route 30 or in the Center for the Arts parking lot, in rows marked faculty/staff/visitors. The residency is co-sponsored by the Dance Program, the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs, Middle East Studies Program, and the Arabic Department. All events are free and open to the public.


Image credit: Samar King

Dance Department

Mahaney Center for the Arts
72 Porter Field Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753