EDES program photo

Open Call: “Everyday Dance in Everyday Spaces” Project

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The Public Programme at A. M. Qattan Foundation in collaboration with Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre, would like to invite performers to apply for the project Everyday Dance in Everyday Spaces (EDES), overseen by curator Samar Haddad King, that will take place between 22nd May – 9th December 2017. EDES is a series of performances in

Kelli Youngmad in rehearsal for her solo

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: