On creation and collaboration

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Collaboration is central to my work as an artist. I believe that dance has the power to transcend the imperfect tools of verbal language; with YSDT and as a freelance dancer and choreographer, I am constantly seeking new ways to articulate ideas and emotions through movement. This process is an inherently collaborative one- as it

Interview with Samar Haddad King, Critical Correspondence

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Dancing in Palestine: Samar Haddad King in conversation with Katie Baer Schetlick Katie Schetlick interviews Samar Haddad King, artistic director of Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre, a New York dance theater company. They discuss King’s exploration of Palestinian identity and family history in her new work, which is being made with a group of dancers at the Ramallah

Honoring the individual: Developing the solo artist.

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About a month ago, Kelli Youngman- a senior at the Fordham/Ailey BFA Program in New York City- performed a solo that we choreographed in collaboration with the dancers of YSDT for the Fordham/Ailey BFA Senior Solo Concert.  This was my fifth senior solo commissioned by students of the Ailey/Fordham BFA program in the past five

The Skype Experiment: 5 months in.

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Since Samar’s departure in December many things have changed: almost all of the dancers now have smart phones, which facilitates us watching videos or reading emailed notes during rehearsal; everyone has downloaded Skype- for both social and professional reasons- where we hang out in a new sort of virtual apartment; Samar has become increasingly tech-savvy:

Katie’s thoughts

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What happens when it is hard to see subtle dynamics, to determine the desired speed? What happens without the tool of a soft touch? What happens when one person is confined to a room and you are in another?