Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Announcement: YAA Samar! Dance Theatre at LPAC

Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre, photo byZoe Rabinowitz
YSDT presents Al-Bikr, Frozen Belief II and selected excerpts from last year’s The Store.

After the success of her residency last year at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Samar Haddad King and her company Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre have been invited back to open this year’s performance series alongside Mad About Dance and Dance Entropy on the prestigious main stage.

Are You Fierce?  Join iDANZ.com Today!  Click Here. Featuring the evolution of the visually stunning piece Frozen Belief II– premiered in October 2006 at Joyce SoHo- which uses flour as a metaphor for faith; here King explores the relationship of three individuals’ to their own beliefs as well as how they perceive and relate to one another’s. Each character and their narrative is introduced through an intimate scene of solitary devotion, wherein the flour is used to other-worldly and mesmerizing effect. Though initially oblivious to one another’s presence, the dancers eventually come into contact with one another and with the flour that surrounds them, exploring the possibilities of what happens when different belief systems collide, and ultimately discovering their own true motivations for faith. Frozen Belief II is set to the music of Ayub Ogada and Mercan Dede.  The text, written by Samar Haddad King, is read in English, Arabic and Hebrew.

Emblematic of King’s signature style that combines fierce technical and athletic ability with thought-provoking and emotionally dramatic subject matter, Al-Bikr Adaptation (adapted from a longer duet) tells the story of a couple following the stillborn birth of their child. This tragic event initiates the unraveling of a relationship where apathy, anger, love and compassion culminate in the inability to communicate. Premiered in April 2009 at E-moves as an Evolving Artist, the creation of this work was supported in part by the Department of Cultural Affair’s Manhattan Community Arts Fund administered through Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

Penelope, excerpted from the evening length production The Store that premiered in April 2009 at Teatro La TEA, is a solo performed to original text written by Samar Haddad King. Offering a glimpse into the mind of a young woman coping with tragedy, Penelope is intimate, tangential, stream-of-conscious, light-hearted and revealing; a range which could only be offered by a gifted storyteller as well as dance-maker. Music by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss and Modest Mouse. The creation of this work was supported in part by the Department of Cultural Affair’s Manhattan Community Arts Fund administered through Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.

Founded in 2005 by choreographer Samar Haddad King, Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre is a contemporary dance company based in New York City. YSDT combines a rich and ever-changing movement vocabulary with diverse musical choices, technology, innovative costuming and set design to tell stories both linear and abstract. Inspired by world events as well as personal histories. King’s mission is to connect audience and performer through compelling, absorbing and transformative dances that express the countless faces of humanity.

For further information on the company, please visit our website at www.yaasamardance.com.

TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets ($15 Advance, $20 at the door, $10 Students) are on sale through LaGuardia Performing Arts Center’s box office at:


or 718.482.5151

  The LaGuardia Performing Arts Center is located at 31-10 Thompson Avenue ten minutes from Grand Central Station. Take the 7 train to 33rd Street and walk two blocks westbound to Thompson Avenue and Van Dam Street.  You can also take the Via E, V & R Trains and get off at Queens Plaza Station. Exit the station at Jackson Avenue and Queens Boulevard exit and walk over the Queens Boulevard Bridge (over the Sunnyside train yards) until you reach the corner of Van Dam Street and Thomson Avenue.


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