Life, Love, Technology and Dance: Where Personal Narrative Meets Art
By Jennifer Edwards written in collaboration with Hannah Krafcik
As many arts organizations explore how the performing arts can benefit from technology, a rather new dance company is proving fertile testing ground for development and study. Driven by necessity, Yaa Samar! Dance Theater is contributing to this conversation through its determination to make work.
Dancers of Yaa Samar! Dance Theater (YSDT) are currently constructing their latest evening-length work, Bound. Rehearsal space to make the work is provided by LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, NYC, where the company is in residence. YSDT’s founder and choreographer, Samar Haddad King, however, is never physically present for the creation and compilation of Bound. Rather, she directs the work via Skype from her current town of residence–Ramallah, Palestine. King’s separation from her company came about when her husband was denied his visa to live in the United States.