“[YSDT] defines the space within which human relationships take place. They shape the landscape of expectation and hope…. What ensues is unique, free of easy classification, and beautiful.”

Sarah J. Hart, Explore Dance


Created, Written and Directed by: Samar Haddad King
Music by: muqata’a
Lighting by: Muaz Aljubeh
Rehearsal Direction by: Zoe Rabinowitz
Set Construction: Nolan O’Bryan
Performance by: Henry Andrawes, Shaden Kanboura, Yukari Osaka, Zoe Rabinowitz,  Ayman Safiah, Mohammed Smahneh, Samaa Wakim, Marah Zuabi


Cast: 5
Touring Company: 7
Duration of work: 60 minutes (no intermission)

Produced by: Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre

World Premiere: October 1, 2011, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (Long Island City, New York) 

Performance Highlights: Seoul International Dance Festival (Seoul), Spring Festival (Tunis), Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival (Ramallah)

Photos © Raof Hajyahia,  Samar Haddad King, Creamart

bound is an evening length multi-media production created in collaboration with an international cast. Situated between mobile planes that act as buildings, boundaries, and projection surfaces, the performers confront an evolving landscape of borders that continuously test their physical and emotional limits. Layered over and between the live action, the story of two lovers separated by circumstance unfolds via Skype. Conceived and directed by Samar Haddad King with an original score by muqata’a, this performance tells the universal story of people restricted by society, politics, geography, or gender, and examines what it means to be bound: to a place, a person, an ideology, to noise, to silence.

Funding for bound is provided in part by The Suitcase Fund of New York Live Arts as part of the Africa and Middle East Cultural Partnerships Program, supported by the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation; the A.M Qattan Foundation; and Sarreyet Ramallah Group, New York Department of Cultural Affairs

“The message of BOUND is more complex than simply a critique of walls. Boundaries may be constraints, but they can also be opportunities… If you can get behind a wall, into the workings of what supports it and what gives it its strength, then suddenly one can change one’s relationship with that wall. One can be in control, no longer a helpless victim. Freedom, then, does not necessarily require an absence of obstruction, but an empowered response to that obstruction.” — Sarah J. Hart, Explore dance