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

Moving in Palestine: Katie’s return expedition

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I sit here waiting in Jordan for my flight that departs in five hours. Waiting, waiting-the perfect time for reflection if you don’t let too much expectation get in your way. It is a time to let other things soar despite feeling static. So, I just sit here and let my thoughts and words do

Moving in Palestine: Katie arrives.

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The other side. I arrived in Palestine late on Tuesday night. After entering and exiting the doors of nine different means of transportation (subway, AirTrain, elevator, plane, taxi, bus, van, mini-bus, taxi), I was glad to walk through the final door to find Samar. We sat together all night, friends came- the two week long

Katie returns to Ramallah

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The spices I brought back from the Middle East while on tour last Spring have not been enough to satiate my hunger for the experiences I had while in Ramallah. Their aroma fills my mind immediately with the memories of welcoming faces, passionate dreamers, and open spirits…

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?