3 X 13

The condensed narratives, performed in a vivid array of dancer-chosen, site-specific settings, are generally impactful, but what adds to their power is their shared choreography and cinematic construction that masterfully weaves these disparate stories into a satisfying whole cloth.” 

–Jonathan Stein, thINKing Dance


Created by: Samar Haddad King & Eimi Imanishi
Directed by: Eimi Imanishi
Choreography by: Samar Haddad King
Editing and Coloring by: Noelia R. Deza
Music by: Lou Tides
Sound Design & Mixing by: Nikola Medic
Visual Effects by: T.F. Bundy
Web Development by: Sarah Riazati
Instrumentation by: Miles Arntzen, Sylvester Onyejiaka
Project Management by: Zoe Rabinowitz
Stories Adapted for screen by Eimi Imanishi & Samar Haddad King

Stories & Performances by: Ambar Luna Quintanar (México), Carlos Luis Blanco Ramos (Cuba), Jaewoo Jung (South Korea), Kayna Wilson (Alabama, USA), Kristin Clotfelter (North Carolina, USA), Lassina Kone (Mali/France), Mohammed Smahneh (Palestine), Nagham Salah Othman (Egypt), Nidal Abdo (Syria/France), Samaa Wakim (Palestine), Yukari Osaka (New York, USA), Zoe Rabinowitz (Vermont, USA)


Duration of complete work: 39 Minutes
Duration of individual film: 3 minutes

World Premiere: February 18, 2021 Online Release
Screening Highlights include: Potsdamer Tanztage (2023 Berlin), Breaking Waves Festival (2023 Cairo) Visible Records (2023, Charlottesville), and Fidget Space (2021, Philadelphia)

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Produced by: Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre

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12 Journeys. 8 Countries. One dance film experience.

Chart your own course across 12 narratives, 8 countries, and 5 languages, as each artist recounts a journey that changed the path of their lives.

Produced by Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre and Created by award-winning Director Eimi Imanishi and Choreographer Samar Haddad King, 3 x 13 explores the singularity of the individual and the universality of the human experience. 

In 12 short films with original music by Lou Tides, 12 artists from around the globe share a journey of transformation that deeply marked their lives. These personal accounts of parenthood, loss, race, exile, dreams both realized and abandoned, all find expression through a common choreography for body and camera, offering an intimate glimpse into the performers’ inner and outer worlds. 

The work culminates in an interactive 13th film that unites all 12 journeys in a virtual ensemble that invites audiences to chart their own course across 5 languages and 8 countries: Cuba, Egypt, France, Mali, Mexico, Palestine, South Korea, and the US. 

This project was first developed at the Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU (where Samar Haddad King was a 2019/20 Resident Fellow), and is supported in part by the A.R.T./New York Relief Fund for NYC Small Theatres, Dance/NYC’s Coronavirus Dance Relief Fund, NYC Covid-19 Response and Impact Fund in the New York Community Trust, National Endowment for the Arts, and Takatof Grant for Palestinian Cultural Institutions as part of the A.M Qattan Foundation in Collaboration with Al Mawred Culture Resource.

Winner of Best Choreography and Best Arab Film Awards at the Breaking Waves Festival in Cairo, Egypt (2023)