[PhiladelphiaDANCE.org Listserv] Save the dates, November 18th & 19th: Palestinian Contemporary Dance

Nicole Bindler nicolebindler at gmail.com
Mon Oct 10 20:09:10 EDT 2016

*Palestinian Contemporary Dance Showing and Workshop in Philly*

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Palestinian dance artist *Khaled Barghouthi *and Palestinian-American dance
artist *Samar Haddad King *(Artistic Director of Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre
aka YSDT), will show work, discuss their process, and teach a workshop at The
Whole Shebang <http://www.thewholeshebangphilly.com/> in Philly. They will
be joined by Associate Artistic Director and performer of YSDT, *Zoe
Rabinowitz*. These events are sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace
<https://jewishvoiceforpeace.org/>, Philly BDS <http://phillybds.org/>,
JVP-Philly <http://www.jvpphilly.org/>, Christian-Jewish Allies
<http://cjallies.org/> and other groups TBA.

*November 18th, 8pm*
Studio Showing and Discussion, details TBA
$10-25 sliding scale, pay what you can

*November 19th, 11am-2pm*
Workshop, details below...
$20-35 sliding scale, pay what you can.

The workshop will begin with a technique class offered by Samar and Zoe,
followed by an Improvisation class with Khaled. Participants are asked to
participate in the full 3 hour workshop...

Focusing on core strength, alignment, and creative expression this class
offers an environment of technical and artistic exploration for dancers of
all levels. Drawing on classical and contemporary dance techniques as well
as the related arts of Yoga and Pilates, this class challenges participants
to connect to their core in order to find an authentic and organic source
of movement. Dancers are given the freedom to investigate movement phrases
through choreographic and improvisational tools that allow them to inhabit
their own movement more fully and to find new solutions for problems of
phrasing, intent, and technical ability.

This class will focus on how and where the performance in improvisation
begins; how to instantly compose and decompose the movement materials that
your performance consists of; discover what the inspirations are for your
performance; learn how to become a part of the performing ensemble. These
are ambitious proposals to be researched within such a short time, but we
will touch on all of them in different ways. One goal of this class is to
explore the difference between instant composition and improvisation and it
will consist of two parts: First, a warm up through improvisational tools
to cultivate consciousness of the moving body in relationship to the music
and the space. Second, compositional exercises focusing on the questions
where does the performance start and how does a movement idea end?

*Khaled Barghouthi* was born in Ramallah, Palestine. He studied
contemporary dance at the Royal Conservatory in Antwerp from 2010-2013, and
is a prospective student at NYU Tisch School of the Arts for 2017.

Khaled started dancing at the age of 19th after he was invited by the KVS
in Belgium to take part in their summer workshops in Palestine. He received
a scholarship to continue his dance studies in Belgium from the Belgian
Development Agency, becoming the first Palestinian from the occupied
territories to study dance with a group of internationally known
choreographers and dancers.

In 2016 Khaled was awarded three different production awards: Arts Council
UK to create a work in collaboration with the British poet and artist
Camilla Nelson; the Cultural Resources Production Award for his creation
Intifada#3 in Palestine; a residency through the CUNY Dance Initiative at
Lehman College for his project MarchIn in collaboration with the american
dancer Zoe Rabinowitz.

Khaled's research in dance is focused on the embodiment of the
social/political reality of space, and how the performance space transforms
once the audience's relationship to it is questioned.

Khaled has worked with companies and choreographers such as Eastman, Damien
Jalet, Koen Augustine, les ballet C de la B, City Dance Washington, Willi
Dorner and others. His dream is to start an academic dance program and a
dance company in Palestine.

*Samar Haddad King*, Artistic/Founding Director of Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre
and co-director of min tala, a pan-Arab dance company, graduated cum laude
with honors in choreography from the Ailey/Fordham BFA program in New York
City under the tutelage of Kazuko Hirabayashi.

Her work has been commissioned in the U.S. by the Ailey School,
Configuration Dance, Hubbard Street 2––where she was the recipient of the
National Choreography Competition––among others, and has performed at
various venues such as NYC’s Joyce SoHo, HarlemStage, Citigroup Theatre,
Chicago’s Harris Theater, Jacob’s Pillow and many notable international

In 2015, she was the recipient of the Prix des Jeunes Créateurs
Palestiniens pour la Diversité des Expressions Artistiques. She recently
completed research with curator, dramaturge, researcher and writer, Sandra
Noethe with support from the Goethe Institute (Palestine) on the developing
contemporary dance scene in Palestine and the creation of a more
sustainable environment for young artists.

She recently finished choreographing the opening of the Palestinian Museum
and the play Azza under the direction of Amir Nizar Zuabi. They are
currently collaborating on new productions set to premiere in 2017. Samar
is based primarily in Palestine.

*Zoe Rabinowitz* is an independent dance artist and educator based in
Brooklyn, NY. Her choreography has been presented at the Detroit Dance City
Film Festival, Fleet Moves Dance Festival in Cape Cod, and Harrisburg Dance
Festival; throughout New York City at venues such as Lincoln Center, New
York Theatre Workshop, and West End Theatre; and abroad at the New Dance
Festival in Daejeon, South Korea.

Zoe is the Associate Artistic Director and dancer with Yaa Samar! Dance
Theatre, a contemporary dance company located between New York City and
Palestine since 2005. As a performer, she has worked with artists such as
Joanna Mendl Shaw/Equus Projects, MBDance, Urban Bush Women, Yaa Samar!
Dance Theatre, and Anne Zuerner, with workshops and performances throughout
Japan, Jordan, Palestine, South Korea, Tunisia, and the United States.

Zoe has been awarded funding from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, and
residencies from the Omi International Arts Center (2014), CUNY Dance
Initiative (2016), and Marble House Project (2016). She is a graduate of
the Ailey/Fordham BFA program in New York, with additional studies at De
Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in the Netherlands

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