Created by: Samar Haddad King
Premiere Cast: Sebastian Charles, Zoe Rabinowitz, Arzu Salman, Mohammed Smahneh, Yukari Osaka, and Samaa Wakim

(Additional performers to be announced)
Lighting by: Muaz Aljubeh


Cast: 6-7
Touring Company: 9-10
Duration of work: 60 minutes (no intermission)

World Premiere: Summer 2024, The Shed (New York, NY)

Gathering: New York City is part staged work, part improvisational score, utilizing technology, storytelling, sound design and play to examine what brings people together in celebration, conflict, protest and sport. Produced and performed by Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre and directed/choreographed by Samar Haddad King, the work is inspired by King’s experience as a Palestinian of the diaspora – an identity simultaneously defined by cultural and political acts of convening, and the fragmentation of a scattered refugee community. In this new site-based work, King asks why and how we gather, and when we choose to act alone or as a group. This project follows early development workshops at Center for Ballet and the Arts (NYC, 2020) and Freedom Theatre (Palestine, 2021). Gathering: New York City will premiere in summer 2024 as part of The Shed Open Call.

Supported by: Brooklyn Arts Council, CUNY Dance Initiative, Howard Gilman Foundation, MAP Fund, National Endowment for the Arts and NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.